“The more you get students involved in activities where they are writing for a real audience and with a real purpose, the more they will see writing as an activity that is necessary, purposeful, and enjoyable,” says Sandhya Nankani, former Supervising Editor, Scholastic Education. “A weekly structure that involves fun writing activities might help students understand and enjoy the social benefits of writing such as sharing stories and learning from others.” Writers Studio equips students to think, write and express themselves fluently while making the right impression. 

  • Riddhi Kedia, 12, published in Amazing Kids, 2018
  • Maryam Afzaal, 10, published in Amazing Kids, 2018
  • Yusuf Khan, 8, published in Amazing Kids, 2016
  • Yousuf Khan, 13, Time for Kids Reporter,Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition Special Mention, 2015-16
  • Taskeen Khan, 16, Huffington Post blogger, writer Halal Consumer magazine, Islamic Horizons magazine, 
  • Taskeen Khan, Age 15-18, Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition Silver Key winner for multiple entries. 2012-2016  
  • Nusaybah Aisha Ali, 10, Second Place, Torrance Legacy Awards, 2016
  • Hamza Hasan, 9, Third Place,  Torrance Legacy Awards, 2016
  • Inaya Ali, 12, published in national magazine, Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition Silver Key winner, 2015 -2016
  • Bilal Khurshid, 14, Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition Special Mention; published in Amazing Kids magazine.2015 -2016
  • Lilly & Ainsley Soane, 7, Yousuf Khan, 6 : Reflections 2008-’09 District Level Winners
  • Taskeen Khan, Simrah Shaik: Reflections 2008-’09 School Level Winners
  • Bailey Bystry, 11: River of Words International Poetry Winner 2008,Published in River of Words Anthology, 2008,  1st Prize Winner Glen Ellyn Library Poetry Contest, 2008. Media Coverage: Daily Herald, Glen Ellyn News, Chicago Tribune Local, 2008
  • Jack Marrinson, 9: “Celebrating Young Poets” Top Ten Winner, 2007, Published in Anthology 2007
  • Taskeen Khan, 9: Dunham International Memorial Poetry Competition Winner 2007, Published as “Writing We Love” Competition Winner 2007; Chicago Parent Magazine Writer 2004
  • Faisal Khurshid, 13: TV Show Review, Chicago Tribune 2008
  • Maura Zindler published six pieces in Amazing Kids and Teen Ink 2008
  • Sara Bruno published in Teen Ink 2008
  • Sana Kadir published in Amazing Kids 2008
  • Misbah Qureshi published in Amazing Kids 2008
  • Camraan Khan: Spoken Word Performer at Cafe Finjan Festival, Chicago. 2008
  • Emaad Qadir: Spoken Word Performer at Cafe Finjan Festival, Chicago. 2008
  • Samia Qadir: Spoken Word Performer at Cafe Finjan Festival, Chicago. 2008



Write for Publication
Online Workshops for Students Across the US & Canada

 

June 29 to July 2

Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT;

Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

Ages 12 to 15 11:30- 1:00 pm CT


Descriptive Narrative Writing & Public Speaking: Harness the Power of the 5 Senses to Create Impactful Writing 

Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Analysis - Students will deconstruct published works to identify the use of the five senses and the word choices that contribute to making a well-written piece. 

  • Writing - They will incorporate what they learn into their own first person narrative essay.They will learn how to enrich and enliven their own writing with details.

  • Overcoming Writers Block - Students will learn how to overcome writer’s block when they don’t know what to write or where to begin

  • Punctuation, Editing, Proof Reading - Students will  workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 

  • Blogging - Students will create a blog or contribute to one they have during the workshop.

  • Alternatively, we will explore elements of public speaking

  • Potentially contribute writing for contests and publication

July 6 to 9 

Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT

Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

Ages 12 to 15 11:30 - 1:00 pm CT

New York Times Summer Reading Contest & Public Speaking Workshop. ( Contest only open to middle-high schoolers. Younger student entries will be published on Medium.com)

  • Comprehension and writing workshop. Using a topic of current interest, students write Letters to the Editors and/or Op-Eds honing reasoning, writing, editing and civic engagement skills. Students learn to convey an opinion concisely.

  • Overcoming Writers Block - Students will learn how to overcome writer’s block when they don’t know what to write or where to begin

  • Editing, Proof Reading - Students will  workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 

  • Blogging - Students will create a blog or contribute to one they have during the workshop.

  • Participate in the Summer Reading Contest


July 13 to 16 

Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT

Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

Ages 12 to 15 11:30 - 1:00 CT


Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis - Students will use of the five senses and the word choices that contribute to making a well-written piece. 

  • Writing - They will learn how to enrich and enliven their own story with details.

  • Overcoming Writers Block - Students will learn how to overcome writer’s block when they don’t know what to write or where to begin

  • Punctuation, Editing, Proof Reading - Students will  workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 

  • Blogging - Students will create a blog or create a blog post for one they have during the workshop.

  • Explore elements of public speaking and being an engaging speaker.

  • Potentially contribute writing for contests and publication

Text: Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

Following Weeks: Trumpet of the Swan by Edward Frascino, The Splendid Journey, Charlotte’s Web

Required: A pdf that can be printed or a book they can mark up. Siblings require their own copies. Colored pencils or highlighters.


July 20 to July 23

Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT

Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

Ages 12 to 15 11:30 - 1:00 CT


Persuasive Writing

Students hone comprehension skills, learn the persuasive essay format and use a topic of current interest to write a persuasive essay. Students learn research skills and learn how to distinguish between sources of information.Students strengthen comprehension and critical analysis and comprehension skills. Students learn how persuasive essays differ from first person narratives. 

  • Overcoming Writers Block - Students will learn how to overcome writer’s block when they don’t know what to write or where to begin

  • Editing, Proof Reading - Students will  workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 

  • Blogging - Students will create a blog or contribute to one they have during the workshop.

  • Explore elements of public speaking

  • Potentially contribute writing for contests and publication


July 27-30; M-Th

Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT

Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

Ages 12 to 15 11:30 - 1:00 CT


Descriptive Narrative Writing & Public Speaking: Harness the Power of the 5 Senses to Create Impactful Writing 

( Modelled on the Common App College Application Essay)

SAT Essay being Evaluated: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/sat-practice-test-1-essay.pdf

  • Critical Thinking, Comprehension and Analysis - Students will deconstruct the essay, identify the use of the five senses and the word choices that contribute to making a well-written piece. 

  • Writing - They will incorporate what they learn into their own first person narrative essay.They will learn how to enrich and enliven their own writing with details.

  • Overcoming Writers Block - Students will learn how to overcome writer’s block when they don’t know what to write or where to begin

  • Punctuation, Editing, Proof Reading - Students will  workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 

  • Blogging - Students will create a blog or contribute to one they have during the workshop.

  • Explore elements of public speaking. Potentially contribute writing for publication or contests



  • August 3 to 6; M to Th

  • Ages 8 to 9 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CT

  • Ages 10 to 12 1:30 - 3:00 pm CT

  • Ages 12 to 15 11:30 - 1:00 CT

  • New York Times Summer Reading Contest & Public Speaking Workshop

       Using a topic of current interest, students write Letters to the Editors and/or Op-Eds honing comprehension, reasoning, writing, editing and civic engagement skills. Students learn to convey an opinion concisely.   Students workshop their writing together to transform their draft into a final version. 


 

We Cover:

Persuasive Writing & Analytical Thinking

Personal Narratives

Journalistic Writing

Descriptive Writing & Analytical Thinking

Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds 

Elements of Personal/College Essays

Book Reviews

 

Differentiate Yourself – A Road Map to Writing Proficiency

Our aspiring elementary and middle school authors use an interactive, multi-sensory approach that makes writing fun and the craft of writing easily learned.

  • Students strengthen critical thinking and writing skills

  • Students work on critical analysis, comprehension, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, line-by-line editing skills and critical thinking skills.  

  • Pen book or movie reviews, write essays and stories, and even gain a sense of civic responsibility by writing letters to the editor, or participating in letter writing campaigns for Amnesty International.  

  • Select writing is submitted for potential publication.

High school is all about writing. The more you do it, the better you get. 

  • Essay based approach.

  • Students work on critical analysis, comprehension, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, line-by-line editing skills and critical thinking skills.  

  • Critique each other’s work, honing their own skills in the process.

  • Creative writing, persuasive and personal essays included. 

  • Students build an impressive portfolio, create their own blogs and contribute their best work for competitions. 

  1.  98% of Writers Studio students have joined multiple workshops. 
  2. 60% of students have been published. 
  3. 30% of our students have won national and international writing competitions.
  4. Over 400 students have been through our workshops.
  5. We have presented writing workshops at Montessori schools for grades 3 and above, Park Districts, the Chicago Botanic Gadens and to home-schooled students.
  6. 10 % of proceeds from all workshops are donated to a charity helping children learn and live.