The third stop of Write Across America‘s first ever school year marathon was in Illinois where we explored both rural and urban spaces.

We began by reimagining an interesting landmark, building, or terrain in our own places as a mythical place or creature. Then we explored Chicago by way of Indigenous Chicago, “Fire City” Chicago, and Mythical Chicago. Finally we explored the Northern Illinois Prairie by way of comparing/contrasting praire land with farm land, threshing, and the Nachusa Grasslands.

Whether you have visited Illinois or not, there are rich writing invitations to be found in this stop in Illinois.

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