Check The Method offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city.

Taught by Artistic Director Kevin Coval, Associate Artistic Director Jamila Woods, and Teaching Artists from across the country. In addition to learning new ways to put your pen to page, you will create new works that can be added to your writing portfolio.

Check The Method @ Young Chicago Authors meets at 1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue / Chicago, IL 60642 every Saturday (from 10/15-12/17) at 1pm – 3pm

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Examples of Past Check The Method Workshops

Past Workshops

Check the Method Workshop A

Read

"Dining Room" by G Yamazawa

"Nikki-Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni

List
  • Chores and responsibilities you had
  • Places you didn't like being brought to
  • Places you liked to go to
  • Sayings/advice your parent/elders use to tell you growing up
  • Things you wished you had when you were younger
  • Prized possessions when you were young
  • Anything you got disciplined/in trouble for
  • Things you remember loving to eat when you were young
Write

A portrait of your childhood the way you would want it to be remembered.

Check the Method Workshop B

Read

"Butter" by Elizabeth Alexander

"Tater Tot Hot-Dish" by Hieu Minh Nguyen

List
  • Favorite foods from your childhood.
  • Lease favorite childhood foods.
  • Guilty pleasure snacks.
  • Food/meal you have a negative memory of.
  • Food you can’t eat.
  • Favorite candies.
  • Food you associate with specific people.
Write

About one of the foods on your list and its relation to you.

Check the Method Workshop C

Read

"Candy Store" by Nate Marshall

"Fame Food and Liquor" by Nate Marshall

List
  • Favorite foods from your childhood.
  • Lease favorite childhood foods.
  • Guilty pleasure snacks.
  • Food/meal you have a negative memory of.
  • Food you can’t eat.
  • Favorite candies.
  • Food you associate with specific people.
Write

A pastoral for one of your places.

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Register below to participate. This workshop is open for ongoing enrollment. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Bayana Davis at bayana/at/youngchicagoauthors.org.

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