Star-Studded Writers' Week Workshops!

July 18 and July 25, 2015

National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Ave.

Sponsored by the Master of Science in Written Communication Program of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement

2015 Writers' Week Syllabus

Writers Week 2015

Workshop Format

Each workshop leader will spend an opening portion on his/her own work and the writing process involved. Workshop leaders will devote much of the session to work submitted. Attendees should email in advance a brief piece of writing—not more than a page—for each workshop. To assure consideration of your work, email the submission to with a subject line including Writers’ Week Workshop and the workshop leader’s name.

  • July 18
  • For the Saturday morning Profiles Workshop with Rick Kogan, submit a page of a character profile, nonfiction or fiction.
  • For the Saturday afternoon Writing about Relationships Workshop with Marjie Killeen, submit a page of nonfiction or fiction involving sex or an intimate relationship.
  • For the Saturday afternoon Comedy Workshop with Nate Herman, submit your proposal for a comedy sketch, or the actual dialogue for that sketch of the type one would see on Saturday Night Live, or the premise for a sitcom episode or comedy screenplay (maximum 3 pages).
  • July 25
  • For the Saturday morning Finding Your Voice Workshop with Dawn Turner Trice, submit a page of fiction or nonfiction writing, indicating whether for general readers or young adults.
  • For the Saturday afternoon Nonfiction Workshop with Rick Perlstein, submit a page of nonfiction connected to a person of interest—living or dead.

Submitted work will be distributed to attendees and the workshop leader will comment on some of the submissions, suggesting areas for revision. Attendees will participate in this feedback and have time for questions and answers.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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