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In our Creative Writing Workshop, we use the written word to spark young imaginations. We focus on language skills by helping children exercise good reading, spelling, and grammar habits as well as vocabulary expansion. Whether they are reading, or writing poetry or short stories, children learn the power of self-expression as they find their voice.

Collaboration with community organizations brings instructors from around Chicago, all with unique talents and ideas. Children’s writings are collected in mini-anthologies and then given to patients and families. Each long-term patient usually completes a “book” of poems or short stories to take with them upon discharge. These books, at times, contain up to fifty poems by a single child author.

2014 Year of the Poem
Snow City Arts is thrilled to celebrate creative writing developed by the children and youth in our workshops. We are consistently delighted, amused, and inspired by their fresh, funny, and thoughtful poems and stories. Please enjoy their creativity and spread their powerful words with your friends, family and colleagues.

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Snow City Arts by participated in Poem In Your Pocket Day on April 24, 2014. We distributed poems written by students engaged in our program, and we were glad you could help us. You can still download a poem from a Snow City Arts student and share it with a friend, family member, co-worker, or random person!

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PoetryFestWe were honored to participate in this great event in April. If you want to see what our workshop was about, click here for a full description.
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As part of our 2014 Year of the Poem efforts, Snow City Arts hosted visual artist and poet Krista Franklin in April. Krista led Professional Development workshop with our Artists-in-Residence at our Idea Lab at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

In June, Snow City Arts invited poet Quraysh Ali Lansana to lead a Professional Development workshop at our Idea Lab at Rush Hospital.

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July poem of the month for website copy

June poem of the month for website copy


May poem of the month for website copy


April poem of the month for website


Download and enjoy previous Poems of the Month.