Due to the state-wide COVID-19 quarantine Young Chicago Authors has suspended all in-person programming. Please see our calendar for our virtual program offerings.

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Upcoming Event
Oct 17
Nov 22

Check the Method

1 - 2:30 PM CST on Zoom

Check The Method is Chicago’s premier writing workshop for 14-25 year olds. Come learn how to find inspiration in your daily life, write poems, and craft performances. Check The Method alumni have gone on to publish books and pursue professional writing careers. This workshop is open to all levels and is 100% free. Check The Method operates on Zoom, just contact us for the information. If you’re ready to write, you are welcome to join us.
HOSTED BY KEVIN COVAL AND IDRIS GOODWIN
FREE – REGISTRATION AND MEETING LINK
Email Ana Wright with any questions at ana@youngchicagoauthors.org

Upcoming Event
Oct 17
Nov 22

Emcee Wreckshop

4 - 6 PM CST on Zoom

Are you an aspiring musician and rapper looking for a space to develop and present your work? Emcee Wreckshop brings together rappers from all over the city. Participants meet from 4-6PM on Saturdays. The session begins with a workshop taught by local rappers Add-2 and Defcee, in which students will study an exemplary work, write new material, and finally, exchange pens for microphones, taking to YCA’s virtual stage in a performative cypher. Additionally, Wreckshop participants will have opportunities to feature their work at MC Olympics (a Louder Than A Bomb special event), on the Louder Than A Bomb annual Mixtape, and other events throughout the year.
HOSTED BY ADD-2 & DEFCEE
FREE – REGISTRATION AND MEETING LINK

Upcoming Event
Oct 6
Dec 29

WordPlay

6 - 7:30 PM CST @ Instagram Live

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Note: Due to the statewide COVID-19 quarantine Young Chicago Authors has suspended all in-person programming until further notice.

Join us on Instagram Live for WordPlay.

6 – 6:30 PM
 – Doors open, live DJ set from DJ Ca$h Era

6:30 – 7:30 PM – Open Mic

WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every Tuesday night, artists aged 12-25 come through Young Chicago Authors’ virtual space to perform their original work and listen to music & poetry by artists of all genre and skill level.

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Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.