Fiction Writing Workshop

with Cyn Vargas

Writing Classes in Chicago

Class Info

Want to write flash fiction, a short story, or a novel, but don't know where to start? Too many ideas or not enough?

This interactive 2.5 hour writing class will help you get your creative energy moving via word exercises and in-class writing and read back. This workshop is for writers of all levels. Come with an open mind and leave with a story. The class size is small, so that everyone has time to write and read back. Learn technique while being creative.

Please be prepared to participate.

Location - The 2nd Story Headquarters is in the heart of Ravenswood - two blocks from the Irving Park Brown Line stop and has free parking.

Looking forward to working with you!

What to bring

Paper and a pen. No laptops, please.

What will be provided


Course Reviews (18)
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    Brian P.

    Left over 1 year ago

    Cyn did an excellent job providing us with a quick education on flash fiction story mechanics. She created a welcoming environment and let us get writing. I got some great writing tips and a lot of practical information for submitting my works in the future. Loved the class and would gladly take another with Cyn.

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    Franki Jo B.

    Left over 2 years ago

    I had a really great time at the flash fiction workshop. If you are a writer like me, or not a writer at all, Cyn does a great job of reminding (or informing) you of the most important elements of writing. She takes time to break these all down and pin-points how they play a role in story telling. Trust in her process and you'll have a great time while learning your strengths and weaknesses.

    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Lauren S.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Cyn was great! Kept a great schedule and was very clear with how to go about writing fiction. I would absolutely take another class with her.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Jessica S.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Cyn was very prepared and friendly. I felt like the class was taught in a way that was not too intimidating! It was fun! I plan on attending other events with Cyn in the future!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Danielle P.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Cyn is a talented writer and teacher! The warm up exercises and ability to share with others in the class are really wonderful. I am inspired to begin writing on a regular basis, and to be involved with CHI-PRC if possible! Thank you!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Chris C.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"My experience was very positive. It was well worth my time. It was fast-paced but appropriately so. The instructor was well-prepared and focused. I also appreciated that everyone was on time, which made the class feel purposeful.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Kimberly R.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"What a great two hours, Cyn is the perfect workshop teacher fostering a comfortable and creative environment. Thanks!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Angie L.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Good class, small size, personal feedback. Anyone with a pen and a few hours to spare should give it a shot!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Carolyn S.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Loved this class. She really knew what she was talking about and was very encouraging. Highly recommend! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Lynn S.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructor got into writing exercises very quickly, and designed a highly interactive evening. The instructor provided encouraging feedback that helped us create thoughtful scenes by the end of the evening.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Philip N.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was a small group that allowed very close coaching on our stories. When I joined I had no story, no idea ... really nothing to start with. A few questions and suggestions later I was off to create a story which I now want to finish, purely out of curiosity where it will lead.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Ashish D.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was a really fun group of people from different walks of life with varying perspectives \u0026 each story that we wrote \u0026 told are something that I would love to read after the writers explore the different paths they could have taken with their characters. Cyn, the instructor, was great at explaining various styles \u0026 methods that you can use to make your story more interesting \u0026 communicate things without spelling them out. As someone with very little writing background, I was not sure how it was going to turn out but I had a blast!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EFiction Writing Workshop\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Embracing the more creative side, making people come out of their shells and really think about how to create images and stories with their words.","teacher_response":null}

    Other Teacher Reviews (1)
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      Meghan I.

      Left almost 3 years ago

      Cyn is awesome. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for this class, but I am so glad I did. Cyn helped me with story ideas that I already had as well as give me new ideas for writing material. Since everyone typically has different schedules and things going on, Cyn helps you at your pace while still trying to push for deadlines. Cyn has opened up a lot more opportunities for me than just writing.


      Cyn Vargas’ short story collection, On The Way, (Curbside Splendor, 2015) received positive reviews from Library Journal, Newcity, Shelf Awareness, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. Her prose and essays have been published in the Chicago Reader, Word Riot, Hypertext Magazine, Midnight Breakfast, Birds Thumb, Chicago Literati, and elsewhere.

      Cyn received a Top 25 Finalist and Honorable Mention in two of Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers Contests. She has won the Guild Literary Complex Prose Award in Fiction, is a recipient of a Ragdale Fellowship, and is a company member of the award-winning storytelling organization 2nd Story.

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