Arlene Malinowski

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Are you ready to write? Start that story that won’t leave you alone? Maybe develop your personal brand? Write that solo show, Essay, Memoir or finish those pieces that are sitting in a drawer? Does the thought of a story workshop excite/scare/intimidate/exhilarate you? Maybe you’re you ready to start submitting or want to develop work to read at live lit events?

I have worked with hundreds of writers, and performers all over the country over the last 25 years. The people I’ve worked with have had their books, articles, stories and essays published. They’ve performed their stories and one-person shows on stages at theaters, festivals, live lit events and conferences all over the world.

I am a practicing teaching artist so I understand the aspects of the creative process from the germination of an idea, to the development and completion of your project. These workshops are focused on finding your voice, the voice of your story and developing opportunities for to getting your work into the world. I believe it is critical to work with someone who is a supportive fan and cheerleader. Can’t wait to meet you.

Solo Show & Story Coaching Sessions

I coach writers and performers from across the country through privates sessions in my studio or remotely via Zoom, Skype or phone. This is one of my favorite ways to collaborate with artists at every level from those who are in beginning their writing/performing process to those finishing a piece.

I work with those developing solo shows, plays, autobiographical material, fiction, novels and essays. These sessions are designed around your goals, timelines and intentions. They are designed to help you clarify your vision and empower you to move to the next level.

  1. 13 Types of Story/Solo.

  2. Finding your voice. The voice of the story and strengthening your unique style.

  3. Components of Story/Solo; Universal Truth. Inciting incident, Quest.

  4. 4 Cornerstones for designing structure. Use of narrators. Creating scenes.

  5. Character development and writing multiple character scenes.

  6. 5 Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship.

  7. Rubrics for creating the world of the play or story.

  8. Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories.

  9. Using construction & deconstruction techniques to push your work forward.

*As a practicing writer and solo artist I believe that it’s critical to work with mentors who not only understand the craft but have experience writing, performing and developing their own material. Working with teaching artists offer invaluable insights into the process. You would never hire a golf coach who doesn’t play the sport.

I also offer private coaching to help develop with your onstage performance and presentation skills because the story is in the telling. Strategies for making a story come alive. Discover the style that best serves you and the material to help you deliver an engaging story with confidence whether you want to perform on a stage or tell a good story at Thanksgiving Dinner.

Empowerment Workshops for corporations, organization and groups are custom designed and are also available (See Below).


”The Writers Room” Workshop

This private class is for those working on autobiographical material, essays, solo shows, plays, novels and essays. These small classes are limited to 7 people and are designed to serve you and your project, finding your voice and the voice of the story. The classes are made up of crazy talented, intuitive, funny, supportive writers.

Six class sessions take place over a 12 week period to allow you time develop your material as we go along. If you are interested, please drop me a line. All levels are accepted, but only by interview, to see if we are a good fit. Saturdays 2:00-5:15 pm. Investment: $250.00.

Winter-Spring Cycle. (January- June)
Fall- Winter Cycle (September- December)
Shortened Summer Cycle- (3 classes June- August)


Online Classes

Online classes will be forming late Spring 2019. To join these classes, contact us HERE.

Solo Show & Storytelling Classes at Chicago Dramatists

These Solo & Story classes are designed for all levels; from those who are thinking about a one person show to those who are in the final stages of polishing their show. Tools and techniques are covered and applied during individual work sessions. Sessions are geared to the clients level of progress.

For further information check “Upcoming Class Descriptions” at chicagodramatists.org


Solo Show & Story Foundations Class

ONLINE Dec 11 - Jan 29, 2019

This class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. We will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one-on-one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will focus on solo and storytelling fundamentals:

  1. 13 Types of Story/Solo.

  2. Finding your voice and the voice of the story.

  3. Components of Story/Solo; Universal Truth. Inciting incident, Quest.

  4. 5 points necessary for designing structure. Use of narrators. Creating scenes.

  5. Character development and writing multiple character scenes.

  6. Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship;

  7. Rubrics for creating the world of the play or story.

  8. Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories.

  9. Using construction & deconstruction techniques to develop your work.

Every week there is a participative lecture, an in class writing assignment and each person will get an opportunity are given time to work individually in the front of the class. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!

Solo show & Story Advanced Page to Stage Class

Mar 19 - Apr 23, 2019 (rehearsal & final performance May 11)

Workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your work with the goal being to advance to production readiness with a 15 minute solo piece and public reading. The class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals.

This class consists of:

  1. Five Writing workshops.

  2. One Performance Skills class.

  3. Two Rehearsal sessions with a director that will be assigned to you.

  4. A public performance and feedback session on stage at Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series.

In every class we employ materials and concepts from the Foundations Workshop. Each week the students have the opportunity to work in front of the class. They give and get feedback. Every week students get assignments to push their work forward.

Marketing & Producing Your Solo Show & Yourself as an Artist

Apr 30 - May 14, 2019

This class is designed for those who want to market and produce a solo show or story event as well as branding yourself as an artist. Guest lecturers and Info from those who have done it and done it well.

  • How to develop your brand.

  • 10 strategies for Advertising & Marketing.

  • Getting your work from the Page to the Stage.

  • Creating a presence in your City.

  • Putting together a website, Blog, Twitter, video blogging, FB.

  • Best locations, theaters and alternative spaces in Chicago.

  • The 411 on fundraising and Crowd sourcing.

  • Techniques on how to fill the seats.

  • Putting together a Press- Kit. Getting your work Reviewed.

  • Festivals and Fringe.

  • Hiring/using a Director, Music, Lighting, creating installations, projections.

  • How to protect your writing.

Solo Show & Story Development/Intensive Class

ONLINE Jun 20 - Jul 18, 2019

Workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your piece with the goal being to advance to production readiness. The 6-week class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will write hard and have big fun - I promise. Prerequisite: Foundations class or permission of instructor

Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend: Foundations

This "weekend warrior" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. we will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one-on-one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will focus on solo and storytelling foundations:

Day 1

  1. Finding your voice and the voice of the story.

  2. Designing the structure. Use of narrators. Creating scenes.

  3. The 13 styles of solo/story pieces.

  4. Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship.

Day 2

  1. Character development and writing multiple character scenes.

  2. Developing character signatures.

  3. Every Student has the opportunity to work in front of the class.

Participants may choose to bring to the first session: 5-7 minutes of a solo show/story, or even just an idea for a one-person show. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!

Workshops for Organizations, Groups and Conferences

Integrating story is an important facet for delivering an effective and powerful presentation or developing your “personal professional brand.” Through coaching and exercises you will find the story and style that best serves you and your goals. This hands on workshop will focus on strengthening your unique personal style and developing a presence on stage. Topics include 1- Finding your story. 2-Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship. 3- Four point checklist to improve your delivery. 4-Strategies for making your story come alive. to help you deliver an engaging story with confidence whether you want to tell to perform on a stage, give a presentation, speech or just tell a good story at Thanksgiving dinner. All levels looking too develop the tools in their storytelling backpack and looking to develop their personal brand.


I love working in collaboration.
You talk. I talk.
We both listen.
We explain. We laugh.
We try something else.
We get confused, maybe frustrated.
We try again.
We challenge. We question.
We hold our heads in our hands so they don’t explode.
We chew gum & Drink coffee
(decaffeinated of course).
We get up on our feet. We rewrite.
We reread. We listen some more.
And then it happens,
we get to the place where we say,
’Yes, that’s it! That works!’
— Arlene Malinowski
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Testimonials

“You provided a safe place and a structure for us to develop our stories. You took me step by step from a rough idea in my head to a fully realized solo show on a stage with lights and an audience. Because of your support and guidance (and sense of humor) I got everything I needed and more.”

Carlease Burke
(Credits: Heros, Southland, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Bones, Dexter, In Her Shoes; Solo plays: Go to your Womb, 50 Don’t Look this Good on Everybody)

“In her classes, Arlene creates an environment that is both supportive and challenging. She has that rare ability to prod writers into telling the story that wants to get out, without pushing her agenda in terms of content or tone. Kind, compassionate, and relentless, Arlene asks the questions and offers the comments that bring out the best in me as a writer”

MT Cozzola – Director/Writer The Sandman