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Local Residents

Writing by the Lake

 Writing Seminars for Adults in the Community

Learn essential techniques and experiment with new forms in the comfortable setting of Glen Rowan House at Lake Forest College.

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.

2018 Classes

Creative Writing Seminar

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m., April 11, 18, 25, and May 2
Joshua Corey, prize-winning poet and novelist & Associate Professor of English, Lake Forest College

A writer for all seasons and a highly regarded teacher of writing, Josh Corey has scholarly and literary interests in modern poetry, modern fiction, and environmental literature.

Writing Fiction Across the Genres

Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., July 10, 17, 24, 31
Susanna Calkins, Searle Center, Northwestern University, Winner of the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award

Susanna Calkins is a historian as well as a prize-winning writer of historical fiction published by Minotaur Press (an imprint of St. Martin’s Press).

Prose and Poetry

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., October 22, 29, November 5, 12
Benjamin Goluboff, Professor of English at Lake Forest College, specializing in American Literature

In addition to scholarly articles, Ben writes imaginative literature across a range of genres: short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry and essays.


All Writing by the Lake Seminars will be held in Glen Rowan House, Lake Forest College, 500 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest.  For a campus map, click here.