About Our Classes
Literary Cleveland offers classes at a variety of levels and covering all aspects of writing, from fiction to nonfiction to the ins and outs of publishing to business writing (and the business of writing). Our class formats generally fall into one of two types:
- Workshops: These are typically generative classes, in which students create new work in class or based on assignments, or students submit work to receive constructive critique from the instructor and fellow students. Workshops are typically (but not always) multi-session classes.
- Craft talks: These are primarily discussion-based classes that focus on one or more essential elements of craft or of a particular genre/type of writing. Sometimes these are panel discussions on a specific topic (e.g., the nuts and bolts of publishing or writing genre fiction).
Even on a good day, writing can be difficult and lonely work. We’re here to remind you that you aren’t alone in this. We offer classes for a range of levels and experience. Maybe you’ve never written anything beyond a book report for school but you want to preserve some cherished family memories in writing—there’s a class for you. Maybe you’ve been writing for a while and want to take your work to the next level—there’s a class for you. Maybe you’ve published some short stories or poems or even had a book or two published but are feeling a little adrift and alone in your work—there’s a class for you.
Intermediate-level classes build on skills developed in Emerging level courses. You should have a reasonable understanding of the basics of writing craft and writing terms (e.g., point of view, voice, rhythm, alliteration) and some experience and/or comfort level in sharing your work in a group setting. This level is ideal for writers who already have a personal writing project(s) in progress.
Advanced level classes are for writers with significant writing experience who wish to delve deeper into the craft of writing and/or would like feedback and assistance with the revision of a rough draft. Advanced classes are hands-on and require a deeper level of commitment and participation than you might find in other classes.