Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start.

Creative Writing Workshops

Saturdays, September 8 and 22, October 13 and 27

The first set of 4 creative writing workshops will be based on the Riksha Workshop method, using reading, recall, exercises, visualization and writing. Anyone high school age or above, who would like to work on fully seeing and telling a story can participate.  These workshops can help jumpstart the process.  Maybe you’ve got a story in your head that you’ve been dying to tell. Maybe you’ve got a story, novel, play, script or screenplay you’d like to jumpstart. Come with a scene in mind. Leave with something on paper you can use to write the rest of the story, as well as a method for seeing and writing more.

About the Creative Writing Workshop Leader

Eduardo Cruz Eusebio is a former publisher-editor of magazines and newspapers. He has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College where he also taught fiction writing and small press publishing.  Over the years, he has mentored successful publishers and writers, and is an award-winning fiction writer with publications in literary journals and magazines. The Chicago Reader in their annual fiction edition published his award-winning short story “Disappear”.

Poetry Session

Saturday, November 3

The fifth session will be lead by Lani T. Montreal and will explore poetry through readings, discussion and writing.

About the Poetry Session Leader

Lani T. Montreal is a Filipina educator, writer, performer, and community activist based in Chicago. Her poems have been featured in journals and anthologies (among them, Rattle, Bloodstone, Garland Court Review, Love Gathers All, Pinoy Poetics, Hay(Na)Ku 15, and MiPoesias) and Finishing Line Press is publishing her very first poetry collection, FANBOYS: Poems about Teaching and Learning, in Fall 2018. Lani writes poetry to create her home in the diaspora. She is the recipient of the 2015 3Arts Djerassi Residency for Playwriting, 2008 3Arts Ragdale Residency, the 2001 Samuel Ostrowsky Award for her memoir “Summer Rain,” and the 1995 JVO Philippine Award for Excellence in Journalism for her environmental expose “Poison in the River.” She is also a 2017 alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Writers’ Workshop and a 2018 alumna of the Poetry Foundation Summer Teachers Institute. A former journalist in the Philippines, Montreal currently teaches writing at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and writes a blog called “Fil-in-the-gap” ( She lives and loves in Albany Park with her multi-species, multi-cultural family.


When: Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

  • Creative Writing Workshops – Saturdays, September 8 / 22, October 13 / 27
  • Poetry Session – Saturday, November 3

Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple

Suggested Donation:

  • For all five sessions – $30 for MBT members / $40 for the general public
  • For Creative Writing only (four sessions) – $25 for MBT members / $30 for the general public
  • For individual sessions – $10 per session with reservation subject to available seats

Reservations are required to ensure a maximum class size of 10

Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Alex Yu to reserve your spot: 

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