For centuries, stories have been used to help us learn. They help us see our and others’ mistakes and successes. They help us heal.

HMS is social justice writing workshop nonprofit.


HMS is committed to teaching creative storytelling and writing skills to divested Chicago-area adults and to publishing these stories—alongside established writers—online and in print.


We use a teaching pedagogy that has been tried and tested for over 50 years. The Story Workshop® approach to the teaching of writing, 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 say 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—collecting and mining life experiences and encouraging writers to use vivid language—including dialect.

Thank you for curating a safe space that allowed me to share my work.
— HMS Student


• Since 2010, our online literary magazine,, has published over 1000 emerging and established writers.

• Since 2017, we have taught over 200 community members writing skills and we will publish our first community journal Fall 2019.

• HMS published its first print journal, Hypertext Review, in 2017 and we’re committed to publishing our print journal biannually.

• Although we’ve been publishing since 2010, we became a nonprofit in late 2017.

• Since 2017, we have taught creative storytelling techniques to dozens of guests of Chicago-area social service nonprofits.