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

Taught by YCA's Artistic Staff including Jamila Woods, Kevin Coval, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez, 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 almuni 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 a drop in model, so no registration is necessary. If you're ready to write, you are welcome to join us. Check The Method runs from Saturday, October 13th until Saturday, June 15th with a winter break from December 22nd until January 5th and a break during LTAB from February 9th until March 30th. Email Ana Wright with any questions at ana@youngchicagoauthors.org

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

Overview

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.