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Emilio Williams has lectured in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Emilio is a free-lance scholar who has taught as as an adjunct in several US universities, including Georgia State University, Dominican University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, and Columbia College of Chicago.

He has also been a guest speaker and visiting artist in institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mary Washington University, University of Virginia, Loyola University in Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Instituto Cervantes, The University of Chicago Center in Beijing, Alliance Française, and The American Library in Paris.


Emilio lectures on the creative process, based on his own experience as a playwright and non-fiction writer. He also offers workshops for aspiring and emerging writers.

He is also a faculty member at Chicago Dramatists where he has taught a Master Class in playwriting, among several sold-out adult-education intensives.

  • Playwriting  (All levels)

  • Poking the Canon (Adapting and Subverting the Classics)

  • From Aristotle to Binge-watching

  • Exit, pursued by a bear: writing stage-directions 

  • Experimental Approaches 

  • Creative Writing (All levels/Interdisciplinary)

  • First Person Queer

  • Performance Theory and Practice 

  • History of Dramatic Literature
  • Theater History
  • 20th-21st Century American Drama

Other popular classes include:

  • So you want to be a writer…

  • Fish-out-of-water: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • How to write a one-act play

  • Dialogue and Stage Directions

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