Interested in participating? join a free community workshop!

Voices of Lake County aims to highlight the voices in our communities! To share your voices about this year's theme "Lake County@Work," register to attend an affiliated writing, performance, or art workshop. The work created in these workshops will be performed or displayed at the Spring Showcase on Friday, April 28 and/or the Art Exhibition gallery opening on May 12, 2023. Details and registration information are listed on this page and will be updated throughout the year.


Participants must have participated in an affiliated community workshop for this project or be a student at CLC who completed a class project affiliated with the theme for this year. See available workshops below to join! All eligible participants must complete a signed artist release form.

Writing Workshops

Do you have an interesting story to tell about your work experiences or career path that you would love to share with the world? Do you have thoughts about how our culture should change the way we think about or approach work?

Attend one of our free writing workshops! We will help you craft a short nonfiction narrative about your personal work-related story that may be performed live at our Spring Showcase on Friday, April 28, shared on a CLC Connects Podcast, or aired on Lancer Radio!

How It Works

  1. Participants who attend the workshop are provided with a series of exploratory questions to help them brainstorm ideas for their personal narratives.

  2. You'll learn about imagery, story structure, and developing a narrative voice through short exercises and by listening to sample stories.

  3. You'll partner with workshop facilitators to decide on the focus/topic of your story and talk through concepts/ideas.

  4. You will be assigned an online mentor or "story sensei," who will work with you virtually (using Basecamp, an online project management tool) to help you polish your draft, with the ultimate goal of reading/performing at our Spring Showcase at CLC's Grayslake Campus on Friday, April 28.

  5. Performances will be recorded on April 28 and will be considered for a CLC Connects podcast or aired on Lancer Radio!

Workshop Dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, 6-7:50 p.m. ā€“ College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Room B276

  • Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6-7:50 p.m. ā€“ Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085 (*bilingual workshop)

  • Saturday, April 1, 1:15-3:15 p.m. ā€“ Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085 (*bilingual workshop)

Writing Workshop Registration

Writing workshops are offered to all Lake County residents age 16 or older. All participants must register for a workshop. Participants younger than 18 must complete a parental consent form.

Download a Writing Workshop Flyer to share with students, peers, or friends!

Lake County@Work Writing Workshops Flyer_1-11-23.pdf

Performance Workshops

Call for Performing Artists

The Voices of Lake County project in collaboration with the Grayslake Performing Arts Collaborative is seeking performing artists 16 years and up from the CLC community (faculty, staff, students) and members of the surrounding communities in Lake County Illinois to participate in a collaborative performance piece incorporating music, dance, movement, spoken word, prose and poetry.

Theme: Identity and Work. How does the work we do inform how we see ourselves and how others see us?

Date: Sunday January 29th 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: CLC Grayslake campus room A011 19351 West Washington Street Grayslake Illinois 60030

Age of Participants: ages 16 and up

The Performing Arts are often used as a means for both communication and self-expression. This collaborative work will explore concepts of identity and work and express them through the lens of the Performing Arts. This work will culminate in a performance piece to be showcased at the Voices of Lake County Spring Showcase Event Friday April 28th at the College of Lake County's Studio Theater.

For more information contact VLC planning committee member Lamaiya Lancaster at

Art Workshops

EASE Youth Workshop

In collaboration with Engaging Art Scholars for Excellence, join us for an art workshop which will explore the concept of "work" through mini animations and monoprints.

Workshop Leaders: Cristen Leifheit & Katrina Davis-Salazar

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

Workshop Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: 111 N. Genesee St. North Building, N015 (Student Lounge)

Age of participants: ages 14 and up (or younger if accompanied by adult family member)

Registration details coming soon