|Posted by The Writer on January 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM|
If you are a Writer in Chicago between 7th grade to senior in high school you will probably enjoy Young Chicago Authors. There website (if you look it up on Google) says it's high school only but it's not. You apply online and they send a letter to your home.
It's a great experience but it's hard to find as it is right next to a Law Office with the same address, you have to walk past that and you will find a small door that says "Young Chicago Authors" and it will just show a stair case which you have to go up and at the top you'll see the inside entrance. It's small and informal with great teachers. The manager of it will show you around and on a big dry erase board that says the classes, the times, and has arrows below each class saying which direction.
The semester has already started and you go for several weeks on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 11:00 for the first 2 class (you choose which one to go to, you can take 2 of the 4 classes a day because there are 2 classes at the same time for 2 hours long) and the next 2 classes are 11:30-1:30, though you only have to stay for the first class if you want to. It really informal and the kids decide which class they want to take and where to go from there. Everyone is allowed to jump in on conversations (hand raising for the teacher to call on you is practically illegal).
It's also fun because there are 4 adults in the class just watching, sitting in for fun (1 is the teacher) and then there's 5-6 kids in the class, ranging in ages.
It's fun, this is my first semester and I found out about it recently. It's a great opportunity for any writer in Chicago.