Community Workshops

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 "Sustainable Lake County," register to attend an affiliated writing, performance, or art workshop. Details and registration information are listed on this page and will be updated as soon as they are available.

From Bud to BlossoM: Free COmmunity Writing Workshops

Do you have a personal story about how our changing climate and environment has impacted your life? Do you have ideas for how we can create a more sustainable, equitable, and ecologically just future? Do you want to learn more about an emerging genre of fiction: Climate Fiction?

Attend one of our free writing workshops! We will help you craft a short narrative related to the theme of sustainability that may be performed live at our Sustainable Lake County reading on Thursday, May 2 at CLC's Lakeshore Campus.

All participants will receive a free writing journal!

How It Works

A selection of the free journals from the February 2023 Community Writing Workshop held at the Waukegan Public Library

Workshop Dates

Each workshop will be the same - please choose one. After the workshop, you will be assigned a mentor who will review your draft in preparation for the community reading!

Join us for a reading of your written pieces at the beautiful Eleanor Murkey Community Center overlooking Lake Michigan. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work with the public. Friends, family, and community members are invited to this special celebration of environmental and nature writing.

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.

Complete the registration form below or click here to open the form in a new window.

Please share information about our writing workshops! Download a flyer.

VLC Writing Workshop Flyer Sp24_New Reduced.pdf

Art Workshops

Sustainable Art: Make Precious Objects from Discarded Items

Learn how to turn your trash into beautiful treasures at this Community Engagement Through the Arts Workshop with Katrina Salazar and Cristen Leifheit. Bring your recyclables, such as bottle caps, recycled small toys, clothing, and other items.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 21, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Room N015, at CLC's Lakeshore Campus 

Register for the Sustainable Art Workshop

Performance Workshops


For more information, contact VLC planning committee member Lamaiya Lancaster at