GeNarrations is a writing workshop for adults 55+. Based on themes raised by the Goodman’s mainstage productions, participants develop personal narratives pieces that they are then invited to perform in a public forum. The Goodman offers at least three six-week sessions every season, which attract approximately 30 participants each. This program is presented in collaboration with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as well as session-specific community based organizations.
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, Northwest Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Initially developed as a pedagogy project at Northwestern, this fun, interactive workshop is a refresher course on the key rules of grammar for students, professionals and creative writers. Can be taught as a single session or multi-session class- ideal to empower writers and increase confidence in every genre of writing.
Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Teacher Training
Hands On Stanzas places a Poet In Residence (Chicago-based poet and teaching artist) with a CPS classroom for a long-term residency over the course of the school year. Usually meeting once per week, each session the teaching artist guides students through reading and discussing published poetry, and then writing and performing their own poems. Exceptional student poetry is published weekly on the Poetry Center of Chicago blogs.
Hands On Stanzas is special because it occurs during the school day, meeting students who would not self-select for an after-school program, and because of its length, meeting with students over the course of a full year. Students who may start with little confidence in their own voice or interest in reading have the time to build a strong relationship with their poet, and through that, with their own writing. This system fosters trust, reliability, and practice, and encourages students to find skills where they may have thought there were none, and to discover new outlets of self-expression.
Reading, Creative Writing
Grades K-8, Grades 9-12
Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, Far Southwest Side, North Side, West Side
In this project-based instructional design course, volunteers gain instructional evaluation and design experience by engaging in a real-world project to evaluate and revise existing instructional materials on OER Commons. The free, open educational resources volunteers evaluate and revise support underserved adult basic education programs and learners with low literacy and math skills.