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Literary Cleveland classes and workshops let you explore other voices and discover your own. We have workshops and craft talks for writers and readers of every genre, experience level, and background. View our upcoming classes below; filter by category, level, or class type; and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to learn about new offerings.

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Multigenre
7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 & 8/6

Image & Memory: An Introduction to Creative Writing (FULL)

Image & Memory is a multi-genre workshop for writers who are just starting out or who need a fresh way to bring forth their stories and poems.
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Fiction
7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30

Utopia, Dystopia, Revolution: Speculative Fiction for Social Change

We will start by looking at some of the foundational works of utopia and dystopia, as well as more recent novels in the genre.
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Poetry
7/3, 7/6, 7/10, 7/13, 7/17, 7/20, 7/24, 7/27 & 8/3

Poetry Summer Camp 2024

Immerse yourself in the northeast Ohio poetry community and kickstart your poetic creativity with the Literary Cleveland Poetry Summer Camp.
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Multigenre
7/7, 7/14, 7/21 & 7/28

Adventure Writing: Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Join this four-week course to discover how to become disciplined in your writing even when you might be feeling un-inspired.
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Fiction
7/10

The Horror we Find in Non-Horror

This class will provide prompts for creating non-horror scenes that glint with horror by showing how previous authors have crafted their writing & scenes.
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Fiction
7/11

Beyond Magical Realism

This class will present recent Latin American fiction that goes beyond magical realism by crossing into genre literature.
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Fiction
7/11

Sharing the Camera: Playing with Unusual Points of View

Try your hand at less-common narrative perspectives
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Fiction
7/17

CPL Free Workshop: Writing Historical Fiction w/ Paterson Joseph (Virtual)

Join Paterson Joseph, author of The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, for a workshop on the art and craft of writing historical fiction.
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Poetry
7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 & 8/22

Letting Go and Letting In: Writing in and through Grief and Loss

This 6-week course explores how we honor what has passed and who has passed out of our lives.
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Nonfiction
7/20

Finding Your Memoir - Summer 2024

This hands-on workshop is for writers who are interested in developing a book-length memoir or essay collection, and in sharing their life stories.
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Poetry
7/22

Out of the Frying Pan, Onto the Page: Poetics & the Culinary Arts

This craft talk examines the basics of place—what grows here & what doesn't grow there— good food tastes of itself.
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Multigenre
7/24

Intro to Developing a Writing Habit - July 2024

This two-hour lecture will provide the foundational concepts that we’ll work with in the four-week Developing a Writing Habit Class.
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Nonfiction
7/24

Scene, Exposition, Meaning Making in Creative Nonfiction

In this two-hour workshop, we'll look at the art of writing scenes, engaging exposition, and rich meaning-making.
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Fiction
7/27

CPL Free Workshop: Writing Historical Fiction w/ Paterson Joseph (In Person)

Join Paterson Joseph, author of The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, for a two-part workshop on the art and craft of writing historical fiction.
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Fiction
8/3, 8/10 & 8/17

Writing Climate Change Fiction

In this class, we’ll read some climate fiction and write the beginnings of our own stories, including in-class writing and workshopping.
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Nonfiction
8/3, 8/7, 8/10, 8/14, 8/17, 8/21, 8/24 & 9/6

Nonfiction Summer Camp 2024

Tell the truth, share your story, and connect with fellow writers at the Literary Cleveland Nonfiction Summer Camp.
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Multigenre
8/7, 8/14, 8/21 & 8/28

Developing a Writing Habit - Aug 2024 (FULL)

This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your “voice,” and keep your writing process in motion.
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Nonfiction
8/7

Powerful Proposals for Nonfiction

This single-session craft talk will cover all the basics of submitting a winning proposal.
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Poetry
8/10

Creating Wellness through Self-Reflection

The workshop will bring to the surface simple aspects of self-care that can very easily be forgotten through the movement of our day-to-day life.
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Business of Writing
8/12

I’m Ready to Submit My Writing to Magazines and Journals—But How?

In this workshop, you’ll learn where to find publications that are looking for work, proper manuscript format, and submission etiquette.
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Multigenre
8/13

Tracing the Emotional Roots of Queer Writing

During the workshop, we will draw inspiration from published queer writers and write vigorously.
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Storytelling
8/19

Writing People Using Objects

In this workshop we will use objects as the engine to tell the story of an individual or a group of people.
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