"Simply put, I loved the experience! I have been a writer in my mind and in my heart all my life, secretly writing pieces that never saw the light of day. The CWS Short Story Workshop helped me to learn more about craft, find confidence in my voice and share my work for critical feedback. CWS gave me just what I needed."
"I love my class here. Professor Cole is an amazing teacher. She's patient with student growth. Great visual guides add to the adult learning experience."
"I’ve written news stories, magazine essays, press releases, radio scripts and more, but it wasn’t until Writing 101 that I sat still long enough to dive in and start my first genuine piece of fiction. In that intimate, comfortable writers’ space with Cole Lavalais (who was just the right instructor for my spirit), I began to find a new voice – my own – and it wasn’t easy.”
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Writing 101 and felt inspired the moment I visited the Open House. Cole Lavalais creates an environment where beginners will feel at home and veteran writers will feel inspired and recharged to continue developing their craft. The atmosphere in the Studio is very inviting the moment you cross the threshold. I would definitely recommend Cole and The Chicago Writers Studio for anyone who is an aspiring writer."
"CWS provided a stable and nurturing environment for me to explore my abilities as a writer. The instructors provide a platform for writers to share and grow in the company of one another. It truly is a great resource to all burgeoning literary artists on the south side."