We’re published writers, editors, and highly experienced teachers and we want to teach people the skills they need to tell, write, and publish personal narratives and imagined stories. These ‘narrative’ skills transfer to all writing – including writing emails, cover letters, business correspondence, and resumes.
Even though Hypertext Magazine & Studio (HMS) has been kicking around for the past few years, the pedagogy we use – Story Workshop® Approach to the Teaching of Writing – has been tried and tested for over 50 years.
HMS will help people find their oral and written voice through Story Workshop’s alternative teaching approach, an approach that celebrates the diverse voices of every community. The Story Workshop® approach, developed by the late writer and professor John Schultz and housed for decades at Columbia College Chicago, closely resembles the writing process and emphasizes the principles of attention, seeing-in-the-mind, and oral telling to help writers discover what they want to tell and how to tell it. It’s a highly flexible approach that can be used to teach seasoned as well as novice writers, old and young.
And since everyone has a story to tell and their own unique language to tell it, Story Workshop® celebrates the writer’s experience as a human being – mining life experiences, the storyteller's dialect and language, images, and ideas. The ideal workshop brings a wide range of voices and content into the semi-circle, giving permission and challenging students to bring their wealth of experience into the writing.
The ideal workshop brings in a wide range of voices and content into the semi-circle, giving permission and challenging students to bring the wealth of their experiences, and as Junot Diaz says, their "many tongues" into their writing
Our home base is Chicago but we are ready and willing to teach anywhere in the country. We know that, this first year, the road to securing funding will be challenging but we feel that the services we provide – teaching people to share their stories, to write – is vital.
Stories help us learn. They help us see our and others’ mistakes and successes. They help us heal.