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Chicago Writers’ Workshop September 25-26, 2017

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Date(s) - September 25th - September 26th
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Linda's pad


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Linda’s pad.  Please email for address.


Pamela Des Barres Writers' Workshop Chicago

Here at home and when I travel around the globe for my writing workshops, I get all buzzy when a new class begins. I know from over 12 years of experience that the dolls who show up to write from their sweet hearts are kindred spirits, ready to open up and soar! Not to mention laugh, cry, crack up and come to amazing (and sometimes surprising) realizations. The women in class usually become very close friends, especially after 8 weeks of revelatory expression! I LOVE my “dolls,” — each one courageous, precious, darling, beloved angels to me! Come to class and discover more of who you REALLY are! See the schedule here and sign up.

Pamela’s writing workshops (ladies only!) are an absolute blast! These sessions with Pamela will take you on an amazing journey of self-discovery in a super-supportive environment where free expression is what it’s all about.

Workshops focus on genres like the memoir, the short story, and essays, and you do not have to be an experienced writer to join since Pamela offers beginner and advanced level workshops. Not only do these classes give you the chance to learn and practice your writing skills, they also give you a fantastic opportunity to hang out with some of the coolest women ever you will ever meet!

Please bring to class:
  • Pen and paper or your laptop
  • A piece of writing by you or someone you admire to read in class (couple of paragraphs only, please)
  • Snacks, wine or whatever delicious item you’d like to share … we’re having a writing party!

Please reserve a spot with the booking form below AND pay via PayPal by clicking the “Pay Now” button below.

PLEASE NOTE: If you get any errors using the links below, you can also pay directly via PayPal here. Simply send the correct dollar amount to Pamela at

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Check out these latest raves from some Austin dolls!
It’s time to write that down.

Slide a white-gloved finger across the soul of one of Miz Pamela’s writing groups and it comes up covered in honey.

If you’ve started to suspect who you are or you already know and have stopped apologizing, It’s time to write that down.

Bring your open mind. Bring the girl you were at age 9. Bring the liner notes you memorized from your favorite music in junior high. Bring  the sheets — or a section of carpeting from the floor of the van where you lost your virginity.
Come ready to describe your details.

Don’t say you can’t write, if you’re reading this, you know you could’ve written it yourself.

— Kris from Austin
Back rub for my mind

I moved probably 10 times between the ages of 16 to 36 and never got rid of the journals I’d kept from elementary school through college age. I did that because they were important to who I am.

Why did I stop writing? Life got in the way.

Then one day I was nearly shoved into Pamela Des Barres writing group and I knew I would hate it while also sucking at it and leave feeling ashamed.

Almost a decade later, I’ve attended as many of these sessions as were offered in my city and written a solid bridge back to the girl I was.

It’s a back rub for my mind. It’s hard and delicious and funny. It’s like a summer camp without a list of items your mom has to label with your last name.

You can make your name up! I call myself Cliche Guevara and another attendee wants to be known as CoCo Dependent.
Come and see.

— Cliche Guevara, Austin



Bookings are closed for this event.

One Comment

  1. brenda dickens

    hello pamela I have been trying to contack you would like to meet you before you leave Chicago I have great stories to tell you about the road and some of my bands but I cant get in touch with you iam sorry i don’t have the funds this time to come to your work shop as i lost my sister and home iam now staying with a good friend on her floor until i get my place back and my job iam broke or i would paid for your workshop can we meet some were like starbucks before you leave i realy want to talk to you about the bands i know and tell you my stories i know you would want to here what i have to say yes we know each other from a long time ago and i know the plaster caster as well she lives close to down town where iam staying streetervile not to far from the john hand cock i realy don’t want to miss seeing you iam so sure your going to love my stories these are real true stories my phone number is 312-835-7096 please let me know where we can meet i would love to come to the work shop but don’t have the money i go back to work in nov just a call back you also know my sister i wish she was here do you rember when led zeppelin stay in Chicago at the embassdor i think it was either the east or west it was the one with the pump room peter was in the top floor pent house with a big balcony and i think it was his birthday to we all had so much fun and i kept telling you how much i liked your shoes we were all having the best time well please call me before you get here or before you leave your long lost friend Brenda they use to call me sweetpea

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