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 (Emcee Wreckshop), plus the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago (WordPlay), a journalism intensive (Chicago Beat), and a monthly LGBTQ salon (Queeriosity), all at our offices at 1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue #2 in Wicker Park.

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.

If you’re a teacher seeking trained Teaching Artists to bring poetry and spoken word to your school, YCA also offers free Education Partnerships for Chicago Public Schools.