Aug 5th 2019

For the next Writer’s Studio Open House/Open Mic, join us at Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park! We’ll kick off the evening with Writer’s Studio instructor Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s FREE craft mini-lesson on When Setting Matters. Next up, we’ll hear a reading from Nadine Kenney Johnstone, the first-place winner of the 2018 Writer’s Studio Student Prize. After that, it’s time for our always-inspiring, often-instructive creative writing open mic!

To register to attend, please visit See more about reader sign-up below.

This signature event is an opportunity to foster your writing, hear the ideas and work of others, and, if you’re so inclined, add your voice and stories to the mix. To learn more about the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio and our upcoming downtown and online classes, please visit

TO READ AT THE OPEN MIC, please prepare up to two double-spaced pages in twelve-point, Times New Roman font. You can hold an open mic spot in two ways: online through the event registration link or in person. When you register for the event, this question will allow you to sign up to read as well: Will you be reading/performing at the open mic? If you answer yes to that question, you will receive a personalized email confirming your open mic spot. If you do not see that question, the online reader signup has closed, so you will need to sign up in person. Three or more spots will be held for in-person signup at the event. Please arrive early to be added to that list.

We hope to see you there!

Nadine Kenney Johnstone is the author of the memoir, Of This Much I’m Sure, winner of the CWA Book of the Year award. Coverage of her memoir has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Today’s Parent, MindBodyGreen, Metro, and Chicago Health Magazine, among others. She teaches at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her other work has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Chicago Magazine, The Moth, PANK, and The Magic of Memoir. Nadine is a writing coach who presents at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She’s Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending” by Booklist. She has written for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, The Satirist, XO Jane,, Curve Magazine, and Pop Matters. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Third Coast, Underground Voices, and The Boiler. She was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine’s Esoteric Fiction Award and the 2015 first runner up for Midwestern Gothic’s Lake Prize, as well as a finalist for Washington Square Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Award. In addition, she was shortlisted for Zoetrope All Story’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest, receiving an honorable mention. Sarah holds an MFA in creative writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. See Sarah’s upcoming Writer’s Studio classes, including Jumpstart Session: Your Life’s Work, here.

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