Chicago boasts several writing and poetry schools with a variety of class options. You can attend classes for fun, or even obtain a certificate or undergraduate degree.

The Writers Loft

1450 W. Waveland (3700 north),
½ mile west of Wrigley Field

The Writers’ Loft has been turning out published, award-winning writers for more than 20 years — and it really does meet in a loft!

Northwestern University’s Writing Programs

633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University offers several certificate programs available. The writing certificates include 4-5 classes with a focus on work and publication prep.

Columbia College

Address: 600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia College is the largest arts and media college in the nation. The writing program offers many class options, a variety of teaching methods, and also publishes two journals.

Columbia College Creative Writing: Poetry Certificate Program
Students enrolled in the poetry program gain a better understanding of the craft and interpretation of different forms of poetry.


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