VA Writing Programs

October 2020 - February 2021

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Literary Cleveland is proud to present five writing workshops specifically for local veterans, presented in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System.

Mastering the Basics of Storytelling

Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 2-3:30 PM

Have a story to tell? This class will help you get started. Explore the writing process and ways of developing a daily habit as well as craft techniques such as setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme. What are you waiting for?  


Discovering What You Want to Say

Wednesdays Oct. 21 & 28 from 7-8:30 PM

There is a process for selecting an idea or theme and then developing that idea into a piece of writing, no matter if the finished product is a three-line poem or a 500-page novel. This class will help you choose what you want to say and then learn the techniques to expand that theme into a finished piece of writing.


The Art of the Short Story

Saturdays, Nov. 7 & 14 from 10 AM - 12:00 PM

Short stories are very popular, for writers and readers alike. This class will provide an overview of the various kinds of short stories one can write, the different plot structures, and the many different lengths of stories that are popular today including micro-fiction, flash fiction and others.


Writing True Stories

Sundays, Jan. 10, 17, & 24 from 2-4 PM

The street you live on, the places you've served, the people you'll never forget. Learn how to capture your stories, past and present: family, neighborhoods and locales that matter most to you. We'll also explore how we experience nature, the environment and what we have to say about it.


Transition & Transformation: Writing for Self-Discovery

Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, & 15 from 7-9 PM

It has been said that a person doesn't know what they think until they start writing it down. Writing is a process of self-discovery, and this class will provide a deep dive into transformative writing, using in-class writing exercises and week-to-week writing assignments to reveal fascinating aspects of each participant's unique personality.


Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, & 15 from 7-9 PM


Literary Cleveland is proud to present five writing workshops specifically for local veterans, presented in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System.

Our Instructors

D.L. Ware

D.L. Ware is a community based poet, literacy advocate, and literary artist in Southeast Cleveland’s Buckeye, Woodland Hills, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. Since 2010, D.L. Ware has used his love for the literary arts as means to bring communities together. He has a Masters of English with a concentration in poetry from CSU. Husband and father of 3 boys, D.L. finds the act of writing to be healthy and therapeutic and makes time to write daily.

Vince Robinson

Vince Robinson is a multi-genre artist, having given time to evolving in music, the visual imagery of photography and the magic of words in poem and song. In addition to poetry, Vince has written for several publications beginning with The Spectrum at KSU to Eschelon Magazine and Crusader Arts and Entertainment. He is currently a writer for the East Side Daily News in Cleveland, Ohio and is a contributor to CAN Journal.

Kevin P. Keating

After working as a boilermaker in the steel mills in Ohio, Kevin P. Keating became a professor of English and began teaching at John Carroll University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University. His first novel, The Natural Order of Things, was a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. His second novel, The Captive Condition, was launched at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con.

Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor is widely published in memoir and narrative nonfiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications that include the Kenyon Review Online; Fourth Genre; Zone 3; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Brain, Child Magazine; Literary Mama and three anthologies. She has been a regular contributor of personal essays in the VOICE column of Cleveland Magazine since 2008.

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