Veterans' Voices

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Northeast Ohio veterans: Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Veterans' Voices, Literary Cleveland's FREE creative writing classes for Veterans to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. This project, led by poet and Veteran Mansa L. Bey, will culminate in the publication of an anthology of writing that will be shared with the public. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

Schedule Overview

Kickoff Event in-person at the downtown Cleveland Public Library

-       Saturday, October 1 from 10am-12pm at 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

 

Writing Workshops Phase 1 (Oct-Nov, 2022)

-       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm online

 

Youngstown Writing Workshops

-       In-person writing workshop led by Lit Youngstown - details TBD

Writing Workshops Phase 2 (Jan-Mar, 2023)

-       8-week prose workshop – Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       8-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm online

Anthology Publication (June, 2023)

Register for the day and time that works best for you!

Literary Cleveland is proud to present these free writing workshops specifically for local veterans in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

NOTE: These free programs are only for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces or military.

This program is possible thanks to funding from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Community Engagement grant.

Free 4-Week Prose Workshop - October

Mondays, Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Monday evenings Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom to generate new prose writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great fiction and nonfiction readings, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER HERE!

Free 4-Week Poetry Workshop - October, 2022

Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Wednesday evenings, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom to generate new poetry, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great poems, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER HERE!

Free 4-Week Prose Workshop - November, 2022

Mondays, Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Monday evenings Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom to generate new prose writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great fiction and nonfiction readings, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER HERE!

Free 4-Week Poetry Workshop - November, 2022

Wednesdays, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Wednesday evenings, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm online via Zoom to generate new poetry, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great poems, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER HERE!

Free 8-Week Prose Workshop - January, 2023

Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Tuesday evenings Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom to generate new prose writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great fiction and nonfiction readings, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER HERE!

Free 8-Week Poetry Workshop - January, 2023

Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us Wednesday evenings, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom to generate new poetry, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great poems, and bond with fellow group members.

Register for this free virtual workshop today!

REGISTER FOR THE NEAR WEST WORKSHOP HERE!

Northeast Ohio veterans: Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Veterans' Voices, Literary Cleveland's FREE creative writing classes for Veterans to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. This project, led by poet and Veteran Mansa L. Bey, will culminate in the publication of an anthology of writing that will be shared with the public. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

Schedule Overview

Kickoff Event in-person at the downtown Cleveland Public Library

-       Saturday, October 1 from 10am-12pm at 525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

 

Writing Workshops Phase 1 (Oct-Nov, 2022)

-       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Oct. 3-24 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week prose workshop – Mondays, Nov. 7-28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       4-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Nov. 9-30 from 6:30-8:30pm online

 

Youngstown Writing Workshops

-       In-person writing workshop led by Lit Youngstown - details TBD

Writing Workshops Phase 2 (Jan-Mar, 2023)

-       8-week prose workshop – Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28 from 6:30-8:30pm online

-       8-week poetry workshop – Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 1 from 6:30-8:30pm online

Anthology Publication (June, 2023)

Register for the day and time that works best for you!

Literary Cleveland is proud to present these free writing workshops specifically for local veterans in partnership with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. For more information, please contact a Whole Health Team Member at (216) 791-3800 ext. 62257 or 62394.

NOTE: These free programs are only for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces or military.

This program is possible thanks to funding from the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces Community Engagement grant.

This program takes place remotely online via Zoom

525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

Our Presenters

Mansa L. Bey

Mansa Lamont Bey is a Moorish American poet and writer born, raised, and residing in southeast Cleveland, Ohio. As a community based artist, he is dedicated to using the literary arts as a means to encourage personal growth and community development. He served as a Military Police Officer for six years, and since returning home from the War in Iraq in 2003 Mansa has been committed to serving those in need.

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