Thursday, October 8, 2009


cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.comEven if you're not
in the MFA program, worry not. Cleveland's got a moderate number of places around town where a beginner can learn writing, or someone who's more adept can hone their craft or learn a new style or a new genre.

The Cleveland Literary Center-- "The Lit"-- is always one good place to look for courses. They've kicked off their fall schedule of classes and workshops, but some of their courses haven't started yet. For example, they just announced a one-day course "The Memoir & The Memoirist," with Thomas Larson, Saturday, October 31. And, in addition to their ongoing every third Friday poetry workshop (7:30pm at Mac’s Backs on Coventry), they've recently started a LIT Book Club, 4th Sundays of Every Other Month, also at Mac's Backs, and a Public Fiction Workshop With Paula McLain, on the third Thursday of every month, 6:30pm at Trinity Common. The workshops are free, by the way, if you don't have the cash, although if you do have funds, there's a suggested voluntary donation of five bucks to keep the workshops going.

Bookmark their page to keep up to date with offerings.
If you're interested in fiction, a little further west, check out "Creating Captivating Fiction: Learn to grab your reader’s attention, build narrative excitement, and finish with a dramatic climax," being offered Tuesday evenings by the Berea Community Education, taught by Mary Turzillo (who's a fiction writer, as well as a poet).

Dates: 7:00- 9:00: Six weeks: Tuesdays, starting October 13, Berea High School.
Cost: Berea residents: $66/ non-residents $71 (ask about discount for over 60)
For enrollment information, call 440 239 5909, 8 AM to 4:30 PM or fax 440 234 2309- or look on page 4 of the brochure.

That's barely even the tip of the iceberg-- I know that there are a lot more writing classes open to the public going on in the Cleveland area. If you're teaching one-- or taking one-- why not post it here and let us know?
The cartoon is by Dave Walker, who says: "find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons"

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau