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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.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

Writing Process

Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit - December 2022

This two-hour lecture will provide the foundational concepts that we’ll work with in the four-week Developing a Writing Habit Class.
Reader Series
1/3, 2/7, 3/7, & 4/4

Read Like a Writer

Take a deep dive into the craft of one short story each month
1/9, 1/23, 1/30, & 2/6

Introduction to Essay Writing

This four-week workshop is designed to help you get started with essay writing.
1/9, 1/16, 1/23, & 1/30

Introduction to Poetry

Throughout this course, we will engage with different poetic forms and a variety of poets at an introductory level.
Writing Process
1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, & 2/28

Furthering Your Writing Habit Through Feedback - January 2023

Have you started developing a writing habit and are now ready to take your writing to the next level? Then it is time to incorporate feedback and revision.
1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, and 3/14

Intermediate Memoir

This 10-week course is aimed at writers who are currently working on a draft of a book-length memoir or narrative essay collection.
1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31

Introduction to the Story

We'll cover practical steps toward corralling your ideas into a complete concept with beginning, middle, and end, and what to do with it what you've written it!
Reader Series
1/10, 1/24, & 2/7

Reading Contemporary Poetry (FULL)

Join Marion and Barbara to discuss books by three contemporary masters: Victoria Chang, B.H. Fairchild, and Carolyn Forché.
1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, and 2/15

Method Writing; or The Art of Flash Fiction (FULL)

Flash Fiction is not just a short short story; instead, at its core, it focuses primarily on characters in situations who desire to discover themselves.
Reader Series
1/14, 2/11, 3/11, & 4/8

Reader Series: A Year of Graywolf Press Poetry

In this year-long Reader Series class, read 12 of Graywolf Press's extraordinary poetry collections.
Business of Writing

After NaNoWriMo - Understanding the Industry Before You Publish

Literary Agent Erin Hosier and Publishing Expert Brandi Larsen explain how the book publishing industry works.
1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, & 3/16

Adventures in Poetic Forms

Adventures in Poetic Forms is a seven-week generative workshop during which poets will write six poems, each in a different form.
Writing Process
2/1, 2/8, 2/15, & 2/22

Developing a Writing Habit - February 2023

Investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output.
Writing for Kids
2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, & 3/9

Writing for Kids — The Next Step

This workshop will help you get feedback on your work-in-progress from writers who, like you, love writing for kids.
2/7 & 2/21

Poet's Toolbox: Juxtaposition

Delve into your poetic toolboxes and craft some solid drafts.

Master Class: Building Character

Learn advanced techniques for creating credible characters with depth.

So You’re Thinking About Going Back for Your MFA?

" . . . From the perspective of a middle-aged working mom . . . I can tell you what I read, what I learned, whatever you want to ask in two hours . . . "

Master Class: Worldbuilding Workshop

Learn a variety of approaches to worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy writing.
Business of Writing

Inside Book Publishing

Learn how to put the finishing touches on your query letters and book proposals.
2/23, 3/02, 3/09, 3/16, 3/23, & 3/30

In Praise of Bodies

Tap into your body and the world around you to discover new ways of accessing your writing.
3/1, 3/8, 3/15 & 3/22

Writing the Personal Essay

This course will guide students through the basics of writing a compelling first-person creative nonfiction essay.
3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, & 4/6

Generative Fiction Workshop

This six-week generative workshop is designed to help strengthen, deepen, and enrich your fiction.
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, & 4/10

Writing Poems Bigger than the Poet

This 6-week workshop will cover strategies and techniques that will allow us to write poems that center more than just the speaker and their experiences.
Business of Writing
3/7, 3/14, & 3/21

Non-Fiction Book Proposals and the Publishing Process

This workshop will set you on the path to put together a nonfiction book proposal, get your proposal published, and train you on the publishing process.
3/10, 3/17, 3/24, & 3/31

Series(ly) Speaking: The Alchemy of Turning One Idea into Many

What if we could split up a longer work and have each piece live on its own and still maintain harmony and balance within the world it is built from?

Techniques in Speculative Short Fiction

In this class, we will focus on developing our own short fiction by critically reading the six Nebula finalists in the short story category.

Funny Business: How to Write Humorously

We will examine what makes something funny, such as word choice, repetition, and stealing it from Reddit, and look at some of the masters of the craft.
Reader Series
3/18, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17, & 7/15

Reader Series: Feminist Fiction of the 1960s-70s

In this series we'll read books from Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou, Marilyn French, and Joanna Russ.
4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, & 5/9

Advanced Fiction Writing

In this seminar-style class students will develop and refine their skills with short fiction.
4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 & 5/9

Gazing into the Looking Glass: An Exploration into Speculative Fiction

This 6-week workshop will empower us to gaze into the looking glass of inspiration to discover what moves us. Speculative fiction will be the backdrop.
Writing Process
4/5, 4/12, 4/19, & 4/26

Developing a Writing Habit - April 2023

Develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your “voice,” and keep your writing process in motion.
4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3 & 5/10

The First Person Narrator: Developing a Distinctive and Authentic Character Voice

In this course, you will "meet" and define your character, get inside the physicality of your character, and develop your character's voice.
4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, & 5/11

Advanced Essay Writing: The Hermit Crab Essay

Learn the meaning, construction and mechanics of hermit crab essays and produce your own.
4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, & 5/29

Writing a Nest: The Segmented Poem

Read model nest poems to inspire, experiment, and create your own "nest" draft
Writing Process
4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, & 5/30

Furthering Your Writing Habit Through Feedback - April 2023

Examine your drafts and push your writing habit further by incorporating effective feedback and revision.

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