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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


Turning Research into Narrative

In this workshop, food historian and author Sarah Lohman will show you how to be a responsible researcher and turn that knowledge into a compelling narrative.
Reader Series
1/9, 2/6, 3/5 & 4/2

Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction - Session One - January 2024

Join us for this reader series class where we will take a deep dive into the craft of one short story each month.
Reader Series
1/13, 2/10, 3/9 & 4/13

Read Like a Writer: Poetry - Session One 2024

Join us for this reader series class where we will take a deep dive into the craft of one collection of poetry each month.
1/22, 1/29 & 2/5

Crafting the Self Through Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

Get started on your memoir or creative nonfiction through personal reflection and writing
Reader Series
2/3, 3/2, 4/6 & 5/4

Backwoods and Bloodlines: The Novels of Jesmyn Ward - Spring 2024

In this Reader Series, we will read Ward’s trilogy, as well as her most recent and first historical novel, Let Us Descend.
2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11 & 3/18

From Oral Stories to Written Poems

In this generative class, we'll look at models of story-inspired poems to explore poetic techniques.
2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27

Start Writing Right Now - February 2024

Have you always wanted to try your hand at fiction writing, but never took the leap? Maybe you’ve put down your pen for a while and need a jumpstart.
2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6 & 3/13

Longer Short Story Workshop

In this workshop, we will focus on writing and revising a single longer short story—somewhere between 8-12,000 words.
2/10 & 2/17

Verbal Alchemy: Poetry as a Chemical Formula

This workshop offers participants new perspective by revisiting well-worn structural techniques.
2/17, 3/16, 4/20 & 5/18

Within Liminal Spaces

Over the course of 4 months, we will read three fragmented narratives but – more importantly – generate (or regenerate) our own fragmented narratives.
2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14 & 3/21

Writing for the Ear

In this generative class, we’ll develop short personal pieces for audio publication.

Building Fiction with Fairy Tales

During this hour, we’ll talk about the rules of structure of fairy tales and how we can use many of the elements in fairy tales as inspiration.
2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 & 3/30

Experimenting with Form: Using Different Narrative Forms to Write Your Story

This generative workshop offers writers the opportunity to experiment with different forms of narrative fiction that deviate away from the classic structures.
3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 & 4/9

Minding the Gaps, Mapping the Story: The Art of Lyric Essaying

In this 6-week workshop, Zoë Bossiere will guide writers through approaches to crafting lyric essays.
3/7, 3/14, 3/21 & 3/28

Hermits and Hybrids

Reboot or refresh your writing practice with a month of hermit crab essays and other hybrid and experimental forms.

Comics for People Who Can't Draw

This workshop is for anyone with an interest in comics, and no special equipment or drawing skills are required!
3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10 & 4/17

Intermediate Speculative Fiction Workshop

By the end of this class, you will have examined techniques of some of the best writers of short speculative fiction.
3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13 & 4/20

The Devil's in the Detail: Worldbuilding in Prose

In this workshop, you will study some of the masters of world building and then practice applying detail-oriented world building.

Donuts & Mountain Climbing: Stories I Tell Myself About Playwriting

Want to learn more about playwriting? Join this talk with acclaimed playwright Eric Coble.
4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 & 5/21

Furthering Your Writing Habit Through Feedback - April 2024 (FULL)

This class will help you discover ways to see and hear your work more clearly, penetrate it more fully, find the deep-down gems and get them to come forward.

The Ekphrastic Hour: Art as a Feedback Loop for Fiction

We’ll look at examples of ekphrastic writing and ekphrastic experiments and get inspired to go beyond description to get at something more.
4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 & 5/7

Discovering and Enhancing Your Poetic Temperament

In this five-session workshop we will examine which temperaments come most naturally to you and play with techniques to broaden your instinctive style.

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