The Sketchnote Workshop: Chicago

The Sketchnote Workshop is a full-day, hands-on workshop designed to develop your sketchnoting skills and to strengthen your visual thinking abilities. It's taught by me, Mike Rohde, the author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook.

The workshop is limited to 16 participants. A small class size, offering personalized instruction and feedback, are key to providing the best learning environment. The topics and exercises we cover are designed for beginning sketchnoters.

Can't draw? No problem. I'll teach you the basics of drawing and guide you through your sketchnotes. If you have a positive attitude and are willing to experiment and share your work with a small group, you're perfect for this workshop.

Everything is provided. You'll receive a notebook, pens, and pencils. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and water are also included on-site, so you won't miss a thing. You'll even receive a cool custom t-shirt.

"The Sketchnote Workshop was the perfect blend of informative, educational, and entertaining. I gained confidence in my sketchnoting and drawing skills while having fun with a great group of people." -Nick Smith, Presentation Designer

Invest in yourself. Visual thinking skills are valuable for capturing, generating, analyzing and communicating ideas. Spend a day building your skills and your confidence with The Sketchnote Workshop. Sign up today.

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Additional Information

Learn how to:

  • Conquer the fear of drawing with 5 simple shapes
  • Build your own visual library
  • Identify concepts through enhanced listening
  • Cache ideas to keep up with what speakers say
  • Develop visuals from metaphors
  • Generate ideas using sketchnotes
  • Capture experiences using sketchnotes

What's included?

  • Personalized teaching, including hands-on exercises, group discussions, and individualized feedback
  • A custom Moleskine sketchbook
  • A set of my favorite pens, pencils and markers
  • A signed copy of The Sketchnote Workbook
  • A custom Sketchnote Workshop t-shirt in your size
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea, and water


The Workshop will be held in the offices of 37signals, creators of the popular project management tool Basecamp, near downtown Chicago:

30 North Racine Avenue, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607

Workshop Session Schedule

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Welcome - enjoy coffee, tea, and baked goods
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Session 1
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Session 2
  • 12:00 - 01:00 Lunch (provided)
  • 01:00 - 02:00 Session 3
  • 02:00 - 02:15 - Break
  • 02:15 - 03:15 Session 4
  • 03:15 - 03:30 Break
  • 03:30 - 04:30 Session 5
  • 04:30 - 05:00 Q&A, Workshop Wrap-up