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.
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.
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.
Emerging Writer classes are designed for those with little or no experience in a writing class or workshop setting but want to expand their knowledge of the building blocks of writing. These classes are also a great transition for experienced writers who may be delving into an unfamiliar genre.
Unless otherwise noted, most of Literary Cleveland’s classes are designed to be helpful to writers at all levels of experience.
Reader series classes cover three books in a short period of time, taking you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work.
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).
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.
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Classes & Workshops
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.