Due to COVID-19 YCA has suspended in-person programming. See our calendar for virtual programs.

If you’re a young artist interested in poetry, hip-hop, rap, or journalism, check out Young Chicago Authors’ FREE programs.


YCA offers weekly writing workshops in poetry (Check the Method) and hip-hop/rap, plus the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago (WordPlay), as well as a yearly youth poetry festival (Rooted & Radical) and many other associated events & workshops in the virtual space (look for us back in-person again in 2022!).

Come through YCA to develop your voice with the help of professional teaching artists and join the largest, most vibrant youth literary community in Chicago.