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Write Your Story! Summer Writing Classes

You have a story to tell! Why aren’t you writing it?

Register for our summer writing classes and start putting pen to paper. Whether you are writing purely for self-expression or to develop a new career, the Harper Continuing Education Writing Studio offers instruction, practice and peer review to help you meet your goals. Click here to visit our Writing Studio page and view full course descriptions. Click here to learn how to earn a Writing Digital Badge.



WRITERS WORKSHOP: HOW TO START AND KEEP GOING: LLA 0250, 6/6-6/27, WE, 7-9 p.m., Instructor: Melissa Franic, Tuition: $189


WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OR MEMOIR: LLI 7021, 7/19-8/9, TH, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, Tuition: $38 (LLI Members $19)


INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS: LCT 0590, 7/21, SA, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Laura Ehrke, Tuition: $205 plus Fees $7


WRITERS WORKSHOP: PUTTING ACTION INTO WORDS: LLA 0358, 6/23, SA, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Instructor: Diane Piron-Gelman, Tuition: $95

SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP: LLA 0234, 7/11-8/1, WE, 7-9 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, Tuition: $189

WRITING WORKSHOP: CRAFT COMPELLING CHARACTERS: LLA 0121, 7/17-7/24, TU, 6-9 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, Tuition: $149

WRITING WORKSHOP: DIALOGUE: LLA 0356, 7/21, SA, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Instructor: Diane Piron-Gelman, Tuition: $95


About the Instructors:

Laura Ehrke is a published novelist, blogger, marketing specialist and writing coach. Her education includes studying British literature and poetry at Oxford University, a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePaul University, fiction and nonfiction writing courses at Northwestern University’s Graduate School, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago. As an author, Ehrke has been asked to speak at several events, including Comic-Con, Chicago Pop Culture Con, the University of Chicago Liberal Arts Panel, NaNoWriMo forums, and library programs. She brings her passion for writing into her courses, inspiring students to have fun while developing their creativity and writing skills.

Melissa Franic was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her life work includes finding ways for herself and others to connect to heritage and cultural identity through travel and storytelling. Franic currently teaches writing courses and workshops throughout the Chicago area, most recently The Writer’s Playground as part of The Elgin Literary Festival. Previously, she worked as a journalist for various newspapers, including The West Chicago Press and The Naperville Sun. She is the co-founder of Neologian, a biannual literary journal featuring the work of emerging artists and writers from across the country. Her specialties include Technical Writing, English Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature.

Diane Piron-Gelman is a writer and editor with twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Lawrence University and a certificate (equivalent to an MFA) from the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. The author of three published mystery novels, which received several literary nominations and awards, she also writes shorts stories and is working on her fourth novel. In game publishing, she has written three sourcebooks of fictional history for BattleTech, a futuristic war game, published by FASA Corporation and its successor, Catalyst Game Labs. In addition to writing, she runs a company that provides professional editing services, records audiobooks and is an actress in Chicago’s professional non-Equity theatre scene.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.


Browse all our Writing courses in the May-August CE Course Schedule

or visit our Writing Studio page for additional information.

Click here to learn about our Writing Digital Badge program.

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