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At StoryStudio Chicago, we help writers hone their craft, express their creativity, and communicate with confidence. Each year we help more than 1,200 writers improve their storytelling skills.

StoryStudio’s creative writing school has been teaching and inspiring storytellers for over a decade. Our Words for Work business writing program uses that same expertise to build training and development workshops for teams from large corporations, creative agencies, non-for-profit organizations, and innovative businesses.

Our mission is simple: teach the art and craft of writing in a positive, open, and encouraging community where students can develop their unique voices. Our business writing and storytelling clients are among our most creative and eager students.

Our commitment to our students is matched only by our commitment to making our world a better place. StoryStudio is proud to be a certified B-Corp, a WBE, and a proud member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, and Ideaction Corps.

Read more about the founding of StoryStudio Chicago.


StoryStudio Chicago is involved in every aspect of storytelling and creating story artists. In addition to our Words for Work and Creative Writing programs, we are the founders of the Chicago Literary Alliance, and big supporters of Live Lit and performance-based storytelling.

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Creative and Words for Work Instructors

Our Team

Jill Pollack

Chief Story Wrangler

Jill is the found of StoryStudio Chicago, the creative writing school, and the Words for Work business writing program.. She now co-leads Story Mode with Beth Nyland, working with company teams and business people to become great storytellers, presenters, and creatives. She was a co-founder of the content marketing conference Content Jam, and is a frequent podcast guest and presenter on the power of stories in our personal and professional lives and was again included in the Newcity Lit Top 50 list of literary leaders in Chicago.

Beth Nyland

Corporate Poet

Beth proves every day that creative business communication is not an oxymoron. As communicator, leader, advisor, coach, founder of Spencer Grace, and co-leader of the Story Mode program, she helps people raise the quality of their communications. Learn more about her work and ideas at, or take a peek at what she and Jill are up to at

Scott Onak

Scott Onak holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Idaho and has published stories in Mid-American Review, Willow Springs, and Quick Fiction. He teaches creative writing and works as the Program Manager at StoryStudio Chicago.

Jackie Loewe

Relationship Building Guru

Jackie is a recognized relationship building expert and business development consultant within the professional services arena. She teaches and speaks nationally on marketing professional services.