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About the studio

We believe in the power of story. We believe in the capacity of dark storytelling to bring light to the world. Narratives grip us, thrill us, and lift us to new heights. A good story can transform us, giving us a roadmap to navigate the world, and the courage to face the challenges that greet us.

The road to publication can be a hard one. The Storyville Studio grew out of a desire to share and give back to authors making their journey. We want to encourage strong voices, to lift them up so they can lift others. We focus on a balance of real world, contemporary examples and authors, as well as classic methods of writing and expression, a mix of genre and literary fiction, craft books and academia, personal struggles and successes.

Our goal is to help you grow, evolve, and find your voice—the one that is unique to only you. We want to help you write the stories you want to tell, in the ways that you find exciting and fulfilling.

We have a wide variety of classes and programs to choose from, so whether you’re just beginning, or you’ve been writing for a while, we have a place for you. Come, find a community of writers to support you through your journey, and learn the skills to take you where you want to go.

This is a great time to be a writer.

Contemporary Dark Fiction Skype call.

Contemporary Dark Fiction Skype call.

Gamut Retreat, Chicago.

Gamut Retreat, Chicago.

We believe in the power of story


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Toasting with a Gamut mug.

Toasting with a Gamut mug.

Panelist at MythInk, Columbia College, Chicago.

Panelist at MythInk, Columbia College, Chicago.

Booked Podcast reading, Chicago.

Booked Podcast reading, Chicago.

About richard

Richard spent twenty years in advertising before coming back to writing. Since then he’s been an author, editor, teacher, and publisher. He’s the award-winning author of three novels, three short story collections, two novellas, and over 150 short stories.

In addition to teaching at the Storyville Studio, he’s also taught at the University of Iowa, LitReactor.com, and Story Studio Chicago.

He’s been a panelist, teacher and/or guest speaker at Stokercon (Los Angeles), Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (Oklahoma City), The Horror Writers’ Workshop (Transylvania), Columbia College (Chicago), University of Wisconsin (Baraboo), Mystery Writers of America (Chicago), Off Campus Writers’ Workshop (Winnetka), University of California-Riverside (Palm Desert), Writers Retreat Workshop (San Antonio), Lakefly Writer’s Conference (Oshkosh), Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp (West Bend), and FOCUS on the Arts (Highland Park High School).

He was the Editor-in-Chief and Gamut magazine and Dark House Press, and has been a member of the Horror Writers Association since 2012.

His story “Golden Sun” co-authored with Kristi DeMeester, Damien Angelica Walters, and Michael Wehunt will be included in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Eleven. He’s been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards, won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, and has received five Pushcart nominations to date.

To find out more, visit his website at www.whatdoesnotkillme.com.

a good story can transform us


 diversity statement

Storyville Studio is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive learning environment. We do not discriminate based on nationality, race, sexuality, gender, gender identity, ability, or religion. As such, we do not tolerate hate speech or propaganda that singles out, divides, or diminishes any group of people.

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This class was transformational for my work. It took my literary and genre navigation game to a new level.
— Daniela T.
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