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Classes, Workshops and Events

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 http://www.cacgrants.org/find-an-event/.

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Sketch Writing 1

Imposters Theater
Sep 03, 2020 - Oct 22, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
In this 8-week course you will learn:
-Proper script formatting
-Ways to generate ideas
-Tips on the writing process
-How to confidently pitch
-Writing/revising sketches
-Practical experience in a (virtual) writers room setting

At the end of the 8-week course you will have 4-5 finished sketches. This class is for both experienced comedians and people just starting out - as long as you have a desire to write your own material, you are welcome. You will be required to write outside of class.

Acting for the Camera

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 18, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Associate Artistic Director, Fred Gloor, this virtual course will meet once a week via ZOOM to study how to approach acting for the camera vs. the stage. Throughout the 6 weeks, students will discuss different techniques, etiquette, and preparation needed for acting for the camera through scene work and different exercises. Students will be able to work together and individually to enhance their new skills on camera. Lights, camera, action!

Costume Character Study: from the script to the stage

Weathervane Playhouse
Sep 14, 2020 - Oct 19, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Taught by Resident Costume Designer, Jasen Smith, this class is a study of character design for the stage. We will look at a character's journey through a show. Using the script as a starting point we will research historical periods and societal standards and norms to greater understand the character so we can create a character based design.

On Process and Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 20, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020 2-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
On Process and Poetry will situate process at the center of creation. In this writing workshop writers will have the opportunity to generate new poems, take part in discussions around craft, technique, starting new work, bringing old work back to life and to completion, and receiving feedback on their work. Writers will also have an opportunity to read their work each class and have the opportunity to read from a diverse packet of poems each week.

Pitch Perfect: The Art of Effective Pitching

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 05, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
When it comes to turning your ideas into reality, a successful pitch often makes the difference for getting that coveted green light. Few people can relate to this more than freelance writers, who rely almost exclusively on pitches for selling their work. This two-part class will focus on perfecting pitch letters for print and online publications—and the elusive art of making your pitch stand out in an editor's ever-widening sea of emails. The first class will focus on crafting effective pitches and examining real-life pitch letters to see why they did—or didn’t—work. We’ll also cover techniques for idea generation and how to determine whether an idea is salable before pitching. At the second class, you’ll have the opportunity to share your pitches and get feedback from a live panel of local editors (and maybe sell a story on the spot!).

The Magic Is in the Rewrites: Strategies for Drafting and Revising A Novel

Literary Cleveland
Sep 23, 2020 - Oct 07, 2020 7-8:30 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
These workshops cover getting started, the five basic elements of the story, completing the first draft, and the importance of revisions. In the end, attendees will better understand how the writing process works to create something "novel."

Studio Tour w/Angelica Pozo and Corrie Slawson

Studio to the Street
Oct 02, 2020 11 a.m. | Zoom | Community
Angelica Pozo and Corrie Slawson walk us through their studios and public art experience

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference 2020

Great Lakes African American Writers Conference
Oct 03, 2020 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Avenue, East Cleveland, OH 44112 | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join in for this annual day-long Conference at the beautiful East Cleveland Library where literary creatives from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and throughout the Great Lakes gather to learn from and network with influential publishing industry professionals from hubs including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

What can you expect at The Great Lakes African American Writers Conference?
-Groundbreaking authors and publishing industry professionals
-Meaningful dialogue in an intimate setting
-Entertainment from riveting storytellers
-Networking with like-minded individuals

2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone Conference

The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs
Oct 03, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Online | Community
The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is delighted to announce the reimagined 2020 ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone conference, which will be held online on October 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

They are partnering with Creative Generation to offer the conference, which will include live, synchronous keynote presentations, recorded breakout sessions, performances by artists with disabilities, and live panel discussions.

The ABLE Assembly is an exceptional professional-development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs, bringing together educators, artists, researchers, policymakers, school administrators, program administrators, and students to share best practices, explore new research, and learn from each other.

Keynote presenters include:
Pete Sparkes, artistic director of Drake Music Scotland
Stephen Shore, Ed.D., musician and Internationally renowned expert in autism
Ellice Patterson, Founder/Executive & Artistic Director of Abilities Dance & Executive Director of BalletRox
Jeff Poulin, founder and managing director, Creative Generation

This conference is open to the public.

Reader Series: Contagious Fiction

Literary Cleveland
Oct 04, 2020 - Nov 01, 2020 2-4 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Over the past few months, our lives seem to have plunged into a dystopian future imagined only in fiction. In this class, we will indulge our fears with a deep dive into three of the most popular fiction novels about epidemics: The Plague by Albert Camus, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel, and World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

SalonEra Episode 4: Strike the viol

Les Délices
Oct 05, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Arnie Tanimoto gives us a guided tour of solo music for viol from the “Twilight Viol,” Mélisande Corriveau introduces the pardessus de viole, and soprano Sherezade Panthaki beguiles with songs by Henry Purcell.

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Les Délices 2020-21 Concert Series: Bewitched

Les Délices
Oct 07, 2020 - Nov 02, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Rising-star soprano Hannah DePriest gives voice to the sorceress Circe in a bone-chilling cantata by Colin de Blamont and wreaks vengeance as the witch Medea in works by Clérambault and Charpentier.
Watch the premiere and join in afterward for a live Q&A with the artists!
Not your ideal viewing time?
YOUR TICKET GIVES YOU STREAMING ACCESS THROUGH NOVEMBER 2ND, 2020!

Developing a Writing Habit

Literary Cleveland
Oct 07, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing.‍

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Zoom link and instructions will be send after you register for the class.

Studio Tour w/Lauren Pearce and Antwoine Washington

Studio to the Street
Oct 09, 2020 11 a.m. | Zoom | Community
Antwoine Washington and Lauren Pearce walk us through their studios and public art experience

Reader Series: Claudia Rankine

Literary Cleveland
Oct 10, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020 10 a.m. - 12 noon | Zoom | Community
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." —Claudia Rankine

In 2016, Claudia Rankine was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for "crafting critical texts for understanding American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century in inventive, ever-evolving forms of poetic expression." Her books blend verse, prose, and images to investigate issues such as racism and terrorism in art, culture, and the everyday. Join us in reading and discussing three essential books by this genius writer and thinker.

October 10 - Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004)
November 14 - Citizen (2014)
December 12 - Just Us (2020)

SalonEra Episode 5: Latin Baroque

Les Délices
Oct 19, 2020 7:30 PM | Virtual | Community
Specialists Nell Snaidas (Soprano) and Laury Guttierez (viola da gamba) share their performances of Latin Baroque and Afro-Baroque music, while violinist Karin Cuellar Rendon explores 19th century Peruvian and Bolivian salon music.

SalonEra is Les Délices' innovative new online variety show. Each episode combines live performances, dialogue, and prerecorded content with featured artists from all over the country and the world that you won’t hear anywhere else.

SalonEra tickets are free with a suggested donation of $10 per episode. Or, with a $75 subscription, you'll automatically get access to all nine episodes emailed to you as they approach!

Trauma-informed Arts Leadership

Cleveland ARTS Education Consortium
Oct 21, 2020 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
What do we need to know to guide the people in our organization and those we train and teach to cope with upheaval, trauma?

With panelists: Honey Bell-Bey, Cuyahoga County Poet Laureate and Founder of Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, Cassey Fye, LISW, CARE Coordinator at Cleveland Play House, Katie Kurtz, MSSA LISW-S, Resilience Educator & Consultant for MetroHealth’s Center for Health Resilience, hosted by CWRU’s Chyrel Oates.