Kick-start your story: Start writing the story you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know how to start. This spring we’ll have our usual 4 writing sessions and a 5th session dedicated to poetry.

Creative Writing Workshops

Saturdays, March 3 and 24, April 7 and 21.

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, April 28

The fifth session will be lead by Tasha Fouts and will explore poetry through readings, discussion and writing.

About the Poetry Session Leader

Tasha Fouts received her BA from California State University at Long Beach and her MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. She has currently all but dissertation on her Ph.D. in English at The University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught at the University of Illinois, Bowling Green University and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Bateau, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She works and lives in suburban Illinois but still calls Alaska home because its wildness will always be in her heart.


When: Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

  • Creative Writing Workshops – Saturdays, March 3 and 24, April 7 and 21
  • Poetry Session – Saturday, April 28

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: or 773-882-1753

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