on line Writing Workshops



For more than 25 years Storyarts has offered  instruction, support, and community to Chicagoans who like to write. This on-line version of the workshop  gives you the opportunity to participate at no cost or obligation.

         The Workshops

To begin the Six Week Fiction Sequence click here 

To View Table of Contents

To begin the Six Week Nonfiction Sequence click here

Paul Pekin, Director

Paul Pekin's work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, The New York Press, and other newspapers.  He has published essays and short stories in numerous literary and commercial magazines including Other Voices, The Bridge, The South Dakota Review, Sou'wester, Cavalier, Swank, and many more. He is a recipient of a Peter Lisagor Award for outstanding journalism and his work has been anthologized  by Houghton Mifflin in Best Sports Writing of 1991. Paul Pekin taught  writing  at Columbia College of Chicago,  the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and participated in programs for the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many of his students have been published.  

Stories by Paul Pekin

This site contains the on-line texts of fifteen complete short stories, originally published in commercial magazines, newspapers, and literary periodicals.

The Discussion List


The discussion list is an email program that allows members to share their work with other enrolled writers, receive their comments and suggestions, and respond . Storyarts invites you to join the fun at no cost and with no obligation.  If you would like to join our on-line writing community, you can sign up immediately by clicking the link below and following instructions.  The discussion list is monitored and does not permit pornography, advertising, hate mail, and other inappropriate postings.  Writing posted on the list is sent only to other members and will not be seen by the general public.

Click the list

Patrica StollDirector

"Africa Speaks"

Be sure to visit Patricia Stoll's collection of writing by West African Students.  Includes many colorful images from the Republic of Niger.

Storyarts Writers Publish!

 Storyarts writers have published stories and articles in many magazines and newspapers.  You may see some of their work by following these links.

Tessa Dratt
 Julie McCracken
 Hank Bryant
 Lisa Wright
 Mary Holden
 Ed Pope
 Mary Beth Bush
  Lisa Basset
 Enid Fefer
 George Nelson
 Chris Torres



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We hope you will check out Linda Platt's  vivid coming of age novel set in Chicago during the tumultuous sixties.

Click below to see it on Amazon
Balanced On The Edge [Kindle Edition]

Some American short story writers we happen to like

Alice Munro
Charles Baxter
Michael Chabon
Philip Roth
Sandra Cisneros
Charles D'Ambrosio
Joseph Epstein
Jhumpa Lahiri
Anthony Doerr
Deborah Eisenberg
Tim Gautreaux
David Leavitt
Margaret Atwood
Harry Mark Petrakis
Mary Robison
James Alan McPherson
Junot Diaz
Steve Almond
Aimee Bender
Lorrie Moore
George Saunders
Denis Johnson
John Edgar Wideman
Lore Segal
Stuart Dybek
Dan Chaon
A.M. Holmes
Andre Dubus III

 Steven Milhauser
Edward P. Jones
Stephen Dixon
Adam Haslett
Joyce Carol Oates
Doris Betts
Joy Williams
Daniel Alarcon

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   Don't ask the cat. She doesn't read

This page copyrighted by Paul Pekin 2013