Jan 4th 2020

Ring in 2020 by writing with the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park!

Join us for a day of writing, community, and inspiration at our FREE Write-In. We know that starting a new year on a positive, productive note sets the tone for the months to come. With that in mind, we will create a space for creativity, focused work, and community. Most of the time will be devoted to working individually, but the day will also begin with an inspiring lesson from internationally acclaimed novelist and Writer’s Studio instructor Dipika Mukherjee.

We’ll start at 11:30 a.m. with a light reception and an informal focus-initiating exercise led by Writer’s Studio Program Manager Gina DiPonio. At noon, Dipika Mukherjee will lead the group in a writing lesson. At 1 p.m., our focused writing time begins! Every 45 minutes or so, a new prompt or piece of inspiration will be shared with the group as fuel and encouragement. We’ll break the spell and let our voices fill the room from 4:30-5, at which point we’ll call it a wrap.

We hope you’ll join us to devote yourself to your creative pursuits alongside other writers!

Registration is required, and seats are limited at this free event. Please register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/WI-1-4-20.


The University of Chicago Writer’s Studio is a creative home to writers of all genres and ambitions. We feature open-enrollment, noncredit writing classes in downtown Chicago and online designed to inspire and challenge, and offer manuscript consultations and free community events. Whether you are dabbling in creative writing, professional writing or honing your craft, we strive to create engaging classes and community that serve your needs. For Winter 2020, we are excited to offer classes including Story-A-Day: A Generative Practice of Fiction with Stephanie Friedman, Online Writing Group with Megan Stielstra, Personal Essay Intensive with Lauren Cowen, and more! See all upcoming classes at tinyurl.com/UCWriter-sStudio.


Dr. Dipika Mukherjee’s work, focusing on the politics of modern Asian societies, includes the novels Shambala Junction (which won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction) and Ode to Broken Things (longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize as Thunder Demons). She has been mentoring Southeast Asian writers for over two decades and has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She is Contributing Editor for Jaggery and frequently writes for World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review as well as for the media in Malaysia and India. Dipika has taught Online Novel Workshop at the Writer’s Studio.


The 1920s building located at Garfield Boulevard and Prairie Avenue has been renovated for the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative. Envisioned by artist Theaster Gates, the Arts Incubator is a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances, and talks. Arts + Public Life (APL), an initiative of UChicago Arts, provides platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, creative entrepreneurship, and artist-led programs and exhibitions. APL advances and promotes a robust, collaborative, and evolving relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. Learn more about the UChicago Arts Incubator at arts.uchicago.edu/artsandpubliclife/ai.

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