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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.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, & 6/1

Poetry Writing & Revision

In this Critical Response Process workshop, learn poetic forms, meter, and revision strategies.
4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29

Grief & Catharsis: Writing It Out in the Pandemic

Release and ritualize your pandemic grief with readings and writing prompts inspired by authors Jesmyn Ward, Victoria Chang, Joan Didion, and Pamela Sneed.
Reader Series
4/20, 5/4, 5/18

Reading Contemporary Poetry

Learn more about contemporary poetry through conversation and writing prompts based on readings by authors Ada Limon, Ross Gay, and Li-Young Lee.
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Write the Beats: A Workshop of Beat Poetry Prompts

Write inspired poetry using prompts based on the work of prominent beat era poets, including Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Kaufman, and Kerouac.
5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24

Advanced Fiction Writing

This intensive workshop teaches you steps to creating a successful manuscript, giving special attention to the importance of editing and revision.
5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25

The Brave New Work: Writing Inspired Poetry

Draw from the innovative collections of poets like Franny Choi, Natalie Diaz, Patricia Lockwood, and Claudia Rankine to create your own brave new work.
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10

Writing Out Loud

Turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices. Become a magnetic storyteller. Learn how to create, edit, and perform your own stories.
5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

In Advance of the Broken Essay: Formal Explorations in Nonfiction

In this generative workshop, question, explore, and attempt nonfiction writing beyond the traceable contours of narrative, rhetoric, and argument.
5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

The Art of the Personal Essay

In this intermediate workshop, you will do close readings, complete generative exercises, talk craft, and complete a first draft of an essay
Reader Series

Working Class Science Fiction

From Le Guin's "The Dispossessed" to Newitz's "Autonomous," explore how science fiction has grappled with the future of work and the worker's place in society.
6/3, 6/10 & 6/17

Read Like a Writer: Translated Treasures

Explore translated treasures and apply the techniques, imagery, and ideas used by foreign authors our own short stories.
Writing Process

Bring Fun into Your Writing with Tarot Cards

This is a class for intermediate writers already working on a project and feeling stuck with character development.
Reader Series
6/5, 6/12, 6/19 & 6/26

The Modern(ist) Man: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises

Discuss and analyze the representations of “the modern(ist) man” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
Writing Process
6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

Story Through Improv - June 2021

Learn to bypass your inner critic using the techniques of improvisation, mapping your experiences and turning seeming mistakes into gems.
6/8, 6/15, 6/22 & 6/29

Poetry as an Agent of Social Change - June 2021

The class examines the role of poetry in the social justice movement and provides participants with the opportunity to write, perform and possibly publish.
6/14, 6/21 & 6/28

There's No "I" in Poetry: Exploring Creative Ways to Begin a Poem

Too often a writer enters a poem in the same eye-witnessing way, using "I" to begin. This class will provide you with different strategies for beginning a poem.
Writing Process

Redefining Rejection

This class will arm you with 10 tips/tricks to forge a healthier relationship with rejection.
6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21 & 7/28

The Art of the Short Story - June-July 2021

In this immersive fiction class, you can explore your imagination in new and creative ways.

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