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The Creative Compass event calendar is focused on events geared toward individual artists. For a list of public arts and culture events in Cleveland, visit


January 2018


Organizing Your Writing Life w/ Stacie Williams

Literary Cleveland
Jan 06, 2018 - Jan 20, 2018 10 a.m. - noon | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
Bits of paper with ideas or research notes everywhere? Hard drives clogged with digital detritus? This two-part workshop is for writers interested in ways to manage information, from organizing research to archiving and preserving those materials when you've finished a project. Workshops will cover best practices for print and digital work. Bring your computers for some in-class practice.

Beginning Memoir Writing

Literary Cleveland
Jan 06, 2018 - Feb 03, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Cleveland Public Library Carnegie West Branch, 1900 Fulton Road, Cleve. | Hone Your Craft
Learn how to write about your life and the fundamentals of memoir writing. Using writing samples and prompts as a jumping off point, you’ll practice developing your own ideas. In the class, you’ll generate new writing and revise it before receiving feedback from the instructor and your peers. For beginning and intermediate writers. ​

Getting the Words Right w/ Kevin Keating

Literary Cleveland
Jan 10, 2018 - Jan 31, 2018 7 - 9 p.m. | Gordon Square Arcade Conference Room, 6516 Detroit Ave, Cleve. OH 44102 | Hone Your Craft
This fiction writing workshop is designed to build the student’s competence on several levels. We will explore the basic craft elements of fiction writing, including setting, character, dialogue, scene, structure, voice, the importance of significant details, and the appropriate use of symbols, as well as some crucial habits necessary to grow as a writer. Students will be asked to submit a piece of short fiction that they have been working on (8-15 pages) and offer it to the class for constructive critique in a workshop setting. However, given the time limitation, please keep in mind that we will need to focus on a manageable number of pages per lesson. Once the course is finished, you should have the tools to continue revising and editing your manuscript until it is completed to your satisfaction. For intermediate and advanced writers.

Hinging & Matting Works of Art on Paper

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
Jan 13, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | The Morgan Conservatory 1754 E. 47th St. Cleveland, OH 44103 | Hone Your Craft
Workshop taught by Jamye Jamison
Learn and perfect your techniques for hinging and matting works on paper, and different options for unique objects.

Public Poetry Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Jan 13, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | CPL Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave., Cleve. OH 44114 | Hone Your Craft
A workshop for poets of all levels! Sharpen your writing craft, read and comment on others' work, and receive suggestions for your work. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem. January, February, and March's workshops will be led by Kisha Nicole Foster.

Marie and Rosetta

Cleveland Play House
Jan 20, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 Times Vary | Allen Theatre 1407 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44115 | Community
Get your front-row seat to music history in the making. “The Godmother of Rock n’ Roll” and 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Sister Rosetta Tharpe — who influenced performers from Elvis to Hendrix — plucks prim-and-proper Marie Knight from a rival gospel show. The two challenge one another on music, life, and The Almighty. This story of letting loose, finding your voice, and freeing your soul is a soaring music-theatre experience chock full of roof-raising performances.

Times Vary
January 20 – 7:30 p.m.; January 21 – 6:30 p.m.; January 23 – 7:00 p.m.; January 24 – 7:30 p.m.; January 25 – 7:30 p.m.; January 26 – 8:00 p.m.; January 27 – 2:30 p.m.; January 27 – 7:30 p.m.; January 28 – 2:30 p.m.; January 30 – 7:00 p.m.; January 31 – 7:30 p.m.; February 1 – 1:30 p.m.; February 1 – 7:30 p.m.; February 2 – 7:30 p.m.; February 3 – 2:30 p.m.; February 3 – 7:30 p.m.; February 4 – 2:30 p.m.; February 6 – 7:00 p.m.; February 7 – 7:30 p.m.; February 8 – 7:30 p.m.; February 9 – 7:30 p.m.; February 10 – 2:30 p.m.; February 10 – 7:30 p.m.; February 11 – 2:30 p.m.

Good Company: a Vocal Ensemble Presents Winter Concert

Good Company: a Vocal Ensemble
Jan 21, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018 4:00PM | Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 14502 Detroit Avenue at Marlowe | Community
Brush off January’s chill by joining Good Company: a Vocal Ensemble, for Winter’s Fire, a concert of choral works exploring the moods and beauty of the season. Michael Carney, Director and Ruth Draper, Accompanist. The Ensemble will perform Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs and selections by Debussy, Rossini, Poulenc and others. The program will also feature the Premiere of “Winter Bluejay” by local composer, Ruth Draper. Free-will offering.

Writing Out Loud

Literary Cleveland
Jan 25, 2018 - Feb 15, 2018 7 - 9 p.m. | Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd, Cleve. OH 44120 | Hone Your Craft
Ever seen someone on stage, captivating the crowd, and thought “I want to do that”? This class will show you how to create, edit, and perform your own stories. We’ll show you how to turn off your inner critic and turn up your creative juices.

Each student will move a personal story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll create stories, discuss the fundamentals of live storytelling, and provide feedback on each others’ work. Outside of class you’ll be encouraged to attend storytelling shows and discover techniques you can use to enhance your own writing and performances. The class will conclude with a public show (date TBD) where students will join the storytelling community in full.

Book Binding Workshop: Roycroft Suede Binding

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
Jan 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E. 47th St. Clevland, OH 44103 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Workshop taught by Fran Kovac
This simple, but elegant binding is one of the contributions to the American Arts and Craft Movement made by the Roycrofters, and you can learn to bind your own in this one-day workshop. The classic suede cover, over a stitched textblock is finished with thin boards covered with decorative paper or bookcloth, adding strength to the book while keeping the flexibility of a limp binding. We will bind two books, and discuss various techniques appropriate to this historic binding.
Cost is $90 and includes materials

Letterpress printing workshop - Pressure Printing: A Flexible, Experimental Approach to Letterpress Printing

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
Jan 27, 2018 - Jan 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E. 47th St., Cleveland OH 44103 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Workshop taught by Wendy Partridge
Pressure printing is a letterpress technique used to create textural prints. This two-day workshop provides a wonderful introduction to the Morgan’s Vandercook presses, the workhorses of letterpress printing. You will learn an easy, no-fuss way to print textural elements and other materials to produce atmospheric prints in a series, or as unique and playful variations.
Cost is $150, and includes materials

Book Arts Workshop - Magic Box

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation
Jan 28, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E. 47th St., Cleveland OH 44103 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Workshop taught by Betsy Begue
In this one-day workshop, you will use a combination of book binding and French cartonnage techniques to construct a box base from pre-cut book board pieces. A double-hinged lid will be added that opens in opposite directions, exposing different interior compartments. This advanced box structure is intriguing to look at, but as it requires repetition of many basic skills, it is suitable for both novice and more experienced box makers. Discussion will include a comparison of different techniques, appropriate materials, and possible adaptations.
Cost is $115 and includes materials