Writing by the Lake

aerial view of the campus with the lake in the background

Learn essential techniques and experiment with new forms.

You’ll connect with other writers from the community, and our outstanding faculty will provide individual advice and mentorship for your work. Whether you are a novice or a pro, Writing by the Lake will let you get to the next level.

Taught by award-winning authors, each seminar consists of four two-hour sessions and ends with an individual evaluation and “Next Steps” conference. Your “Next Steps” conference will provide one-on-one time with your Writing by the Lake faculty member to discuss where to take your writing next.

2024 Classes

Creative Writing Seminar

Mondays, 9:00-11:00 a.m., February 5, 12, 19, and 26. 

Led by Professor Joshua Corey, Professor of English and Creative Writing,  Lake Forest College. 

Joshua Corey is a poet, critic, translator and novelist who currently teaches English and Creative Writing at Lake Forest College. His most recent books include Shelter in Place and How Long is Now. Learn more about Josh at joshua-corey.com.


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How to Apply

It’s easy! Submit the  Writing by the Lake application. You will be asked to tell us about your writing experience and goals, and to provide a brief writing sample (up to 500 words).

For more information, contact Joy Markee, jmarkee@lakeforest.edu, 847-735-5083. 


Tuition for a Writing by the Lake seminar is $325, which includes  four two-hour class sessions, an end-of term writing project evaluation report, and a “Next Steps” conference with your faculty mentor. 

Writing by the Lake takes place on Lake Forest College's beautiful campus.