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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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Submitters of the World Unite!

Literary Cleveland
Aug 25, 2021 - Oct 06, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
You’ve got a writing group and a critique group… why not a support group for submitting to literary magazines? In these four sessions, we’ll meet to compare notes, share our joys and frustrations, and support each other in submitting our writing far and wide. Each session will dive deep into one part of the process — researching literary journals, organizing a plan of attack, actually sending the work (!!), and decoding acceptances and rejections — as we build community and resilience with each other. Get motivated, get connected, and get your work out into the world!

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Submitters of the World Unite!

Literary Cleveland
Aug 25, 2021 - Oct 06, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
You’ve got a writing group and a critique group… why not a support group for submitting to literary magazines? In these four sessions, we’ll meet to compare notes, share our joys and frustrations, and support each other in submitting our writing far and wide. Each session will dive deep into one part of the process — researching literary journals, organizing a plan of attack, actually sending the work (!!), and decoding acceptances and rejections — as we build community and resilience with each other. Get motivated, get connected, and get your work out into the world!

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Furthering Your Writing Habit Through Feedback

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2021 - Oct 26, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Important note: This class is specifically for writers who are relatively new to examining their writing in a workshop format.

Have you started developing a writing habit and are now ready to take your writing to the next level? Then it is time to incorporate feedback and revision.

Despite what you’ve heard on the street, revision can be a blast. All it requires from you is a willingness to play, to experiment, maybe even to take a deep breath and let go of the most adored parts of your drafts. Revision is edgy, it’s exhilarating, and falling in love with it will be one of the best things that happens to your writing practice.

Through peer feedback, playful revision exercises, relevant essays on craft, and guidance from the instructor, this class will help you discover ways to see and hear your work more clearly, penetrate it more fully, find the deep-down gems and get them to come forward, shine up, and sing.

We will follow a workshop format to examine drafts you’ve already generated or that you write during the eight-week class. You will learn to provide effective feedback, see your own work more clearly, and gain a deeper trust in your voice and writer instincts. This is a multigenre workshop; both prose and poetry welcome and you will learn to give and receive cross-genre feedback.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Now That's Fresh!: Get Published in FreshWater Cleveland

Literary Cleveland
Sep 07, 2021 - Oct 05, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Looking to learn more about local journalism or get your first published clip for your portfolio? Join FreshWater Cleveland contributing editor Jen Jones Donatelli for a six-week workshop designed to pave your path to publication. In this course, we'll cover the full trajectory of how a news story comes to life — pitching ideas, interviewing sources, reporting and researching, and going through the editing process. At the end of the six weeks, all participants will have written a news story for publication in FreshWater Cleveland.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

The Art & Craft of Screenwriting

Literary Cleveland
Sep 09, 2021 - Oct 14, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
A screenplay requires both your creative imagination and technical adherence to formatting rules that have gone mostly unchanged for – believe it or not – the past 90 years. In this intensive, 6-week class with Scott Lax, you’ll learn to format a screenplay to strict Hollywood standards (using readily available free or paid software, your choice), while learning the critical elements of screenwriting: character, narrative, dialogue, and the three-part screenplay structure. You’ll learn practical, hands-on lessons about what producers look for in a screenplay, as well as what to avoid. By the end of the sessions, you should have either the beginning of a feature-length screenplay, or a partial or completed short film screenplay.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

The Art & Craft of Screenwriting

Literary Cleveland
Sep 09, 2021 - Oct 14, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
A screenplay requires both your creative imagination and technical adherence to formatting rules that have gone mostly unchanged for – believe it or not – the past 90 years. In this intensive, 6-week class with Scott Lax, you’ll learn to format a screenplay to strict Hollywood standards (using readily available free or paid software, your choice), while learning the critical elements of screenwriting: character, narrative, dialogue, and the three-part screenplay structure. You’ll learn practical, hands-on lessons about what producers look for in a screenplay, as well as what to avoid. By the end of the sessions, you should have either the beginning of a feature-length screenplay, or a partial or completed short film screenplay.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Reading Contemporary Poetry

Literary Cleveland
Sep 13, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021 1-3 p.m. | Zoom | Community
Join Marion Boyer and Barbara Sabol to discuss books by three contemporary poets. We will begin with Pattiann Roger’s Quickening Fields, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry, and move to Indigo, by Ellen Bass. Of her poetry, The New York Times says Bass’s work—about marriage and parenting, illness and recovery, small daily pleasures—cultivates an exuberance that’s born of, and balanced by, close watchfulness. In our final session we will discuss Wild Iris by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Louise Gluck. Wild Iris is a stunning collection of introspective poems written in lyrical language and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. Each session we will also offer generative writing prompts based on our reading.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Communication Through Theater Arts

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Sep 16, 2021 - Oct 07, 2021 7-8 p.m. | Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Explore self-expression and important conversation through a workshop based in Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Augusto Boal, a theater practitioner and political activist, created Theatre of the Oppressed believing that theatre is a communication and problem-solving tool. Expression through art is a universal language! Boal also believe that Theater of the Oppressed can be used by actors and non-actors alike. In this workshop activities will oscillate between acting exercises, writing activities, and open discussion. During these four weeks we will use Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for opening our creative minds as well as to discuss important issues that bring us together as human, instead of pull us apart because of our differences. MUST REGISTER

This program will be held via Zoom. An email link will be sent out 1 hour before the start of the program. If you have any questions or trouble logging in contact the Southeast Branch at 440-439-4997.

Developing Your Memoir: Finding Your Focus & Expanding Your Toolbox

Literary Cleveland
Sep 20, 2021 - Nov 01, 2021 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This course is designed for writers who are interested in exploring the genre of memoir/creative nonfiction and who are in the process of writing (or who hope to write) a book-length memoir, or a collection of linked personal essays.

In each session, we will examine an aspect of the memoir-writing process--including finding a balance between showing and telling, developing powerful scenes, creating a sense of place and context for the reader, and finding one's theme or through-line. Participants will complete a series of short writing exercises to apply the various techniques discussed in class.

By the end of the course, you will have a broader understanding of the various tools and techniques that make for good memoir, and be on your way to finding the focus of your own life stories.

NOTE: There will be no class session on October 11 in honor of Indigenous People's Day.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Life Drawing at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 20 - October 25
9:30am – 12:30pm
$210

Develop the skills you need to create a work of art from a nude model. Poses will include short, two-minute gestural drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from twenty minutes up to two hours in length. Each participant will receive individual instruction and all skill levels are welcome. A supply list is provided at the time of registration. The model fee is included in the class fee. Course Code: 21F1OAC1

Faculty: George Kozmon

Ceramics Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 20 - October 25
9:30am – 12:30pm
$210

This clay course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing at all skill levels, to create beautiful and artistic pieces in clay. Students will learn and explore new decorating techniques. All students will deepen their knowledge of ceramics and evolve their skills with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Course Code: 21F1OAC75

Faculty: Amy Halko

Painting for Beginners

Orange Art Center
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021 1-4pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Filling up fast! Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 20 - October 25
1:00pm – 4:00pm
$180

By popular demand, OAC is offering a beginners painting class. This entry level course is designed to develop each creative beginner at their own pace. Students will have the opportunity to choose which medium to start with. Course Code: 21F1OAC2

Faculty: Marlene Weinstein

Wheel Throwing for Beginners

Orange Art Center
Sep 20, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021 6-9pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Filling up fast! Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 20 - October 25
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$210

Have you been dreaming about throwing your own pottery? We certainly have! This pottery course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing and glazing at a beginning level. Students will gain an understanding of ceramics and evolve their wheel throwing skills with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Course Code: 21F1OAC15

Faculty: Andrea Serafino

Abstract Painting

Orange Art Center
Sep 21, 2021 - Oct 26, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Filling up fast! Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 21 - October 26
9:30am - 12:30pm
$180

Throw on a smock and turn up the music! This brand new course gives students the opportunity to express themselves and paint boldly. Explore the limitless nature of abstract painting in a fun and relaxed studio setting. All skill levels welcome. Course Code: 21F1OAC76

Art Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 21, 2021 - Oct 26, 2021 6-8pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Filling up fast! Supplies provided. Studios 2 & 3. Adults 18+

September 21 - October 26
6:00pm – 8:00pm
$145

Ready to get out and try a new creative experience? Try this sampler course to make a variety of art projects in clay, printmaking, and painting each week. This course is designed to offer fun projects while introducing new students to our amazing studios, faculty, and art community. Course Code: 21F1OAC18

Faculty: Mandy Spisak

Ceramics Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 21, 2021 - Oct 26, 2021 6-9pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 21 - October 26
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$210

This clay course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing at all skill levels, to create beautiful and artistic pieces in clay. Students will learn and explore new decorating techniques. All students will deepen their knowledge of ceramics and evolve their skills with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Course Code: 21F1OAC72

Faculty: Megan Young

Ceramics Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 22 - October 27
9:30am – 12:30pm
$210

This clay course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing at all skill levels, to create beautiful and artistic pieces in clay. Students will learn and explore new decorating techniques. All students will deepen their knowledge of ceramics and evolve their skills with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Course Code: 21F1OAC77

Faculty: Amy Halko

Beginner Watercolorist

Orange Art Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Filling up fast! Studio 1. Adults 18+

September 22 - October 27 9:30am - 12:30pm $180

If watercolor seems challenging...be afraid no more! This class will inspire and instruct. You will learn various techniques from which to build a working foundation of watercolor as well as do some fun, experimental activities. A brief lecture on a watercolor artist will expand your knowledge of art history each week. Make Watercolor Wednesday the best part of your week! Course Code: 21F1OAC6

Faculty: Annie Peters

Experienced Watercolorist

Orange Art Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Filling up fast! Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 22 - October 27 9:30am - 12:30pm $180

This class welcomes experienced watercolor artists to learn advanced techniques in a relaxed group setting. Students will receive individual instruction to evolve their work. Course Code: 21F1OAC5

Faculty: A.D. Peters

Ceramics Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 6-9pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 22 - October 27
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$210

This clay course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing at all skill levels, to create beautiful and artistic pieces in clay. Students will learn and explore new decorating techniques. All students will deepen their knowledge of ceramics and evolve their skills with the guidance of an experienced instructor. Course Code: 21F1OAC9

Faculty: Andrea Serafino

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry

Orange Art Center
Sep 22, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 1 - 4 pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
September 22 - October 27
1:00pm - 4:00pm
$245

Would you like to learn to create stunning fine silver jewelry? Come explore the fascinating world of precious metal clay. This revolutionary product allows you to design using a moldable material that is made of microscopic particles of fine silver and an organic binder to form a moldable jewelry medium. Once your creation is dried, it is fired in a jewelry kiln, the organic binder burns off, the silver particles sinter and you are left with a solid metal piece. No prior silversmith skills required. Learn about jewelry design and construction and most importantly have fun as you create. All skill levels welcome. Class fee includes one 25 gram packet of PMC+.

Wheel Throwing for Beginners

Orange Art Center
Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 9:30am-12:30pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 23 - October 28
9:30am – 12:30pm
$210

Have you been dreaming about throwing your own pottery? We certainly have! This beginners pottery course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing and glazing. Students will gain an understanding of ceramics and evolve their wheel throwing skills. Course Code: 21F1OAC73

Faculty: Stephanie Miller-Davis

Art Sampler at the Orange Art Center

Orange Art Center
Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 9:30-11:30am | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Supplies provided. Studios 2 & 3. Adults 18+

September 23 - October 28
9:30am – 11:30pm
$145

Ready to get out and try a new creative experience? Try this sampler course to make a variety of art projects in clay, printmaking, and painting. This course is designed to offer fun projects while introducing new students to our amazing studios, faculty, and art community. Course Code: 21F1OAC4

Faculty: Mandy Spisak

Painting + Drawing with Oil Sticks

Orange Art Center
Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 1-4pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Filling up fast! Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 23 - October 28 1:00pm - 4:00pm $180

Oil sticks are a unique non-toxic medium that can be used for drawing and can also be blended like paint. Learn the step-by-step techniques on paper used to create colorful drawings of every kind of subject that may interest you. Demonstrations will be provided to guide students through the diverse methods that can be used to create wonderful pieces of art. Course Code: 21F1OAC11

Faculty: A.D. Peters

Wheel Throwing for Beginners

Orange Art Center
Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 6-9pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
Beginners welcome. Supplies provided. Studio 3. Adults 18+

September 23 - October 28
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$210

Have you been dreaming about throwing your own pottery? We certainly have! This beginners pottery course is designed to teach the techniques of wheel-throwing and glazing. Students will gain an understanding of ceramics and evolve their wheel throwing skills. Course Code: 21F1OAC21

Faculty: Andrea Serafino

Abstract Painting

Orange Art Center
Sep 23, 2021 - Oct 28, 2021 6-9pm | Orange Art Center | Hone Your Craft
All skill levels welcome. Filling up fast!! Studio 2. Adults 18+

September 23 - October 28
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$180

Throw on a smock and turn up the music! This brand new course gives students the opportunity to express themselves and paint boldly. Explore the limitless nature of abstract painting in a fun and relaxed studio setting. All skill levels welcome. Course Code: 21F1OAC74

2021 International Sculpture Conference: Voices on Community through Time and Space

International Sculpture Center
Sep 27, 2021 - Oct 08, 2021 | Hybrid | Community, Hone Your Craft
The ISC’s first hybrid conference, Voices on Community through Time and Space, will bring together the worldwide sculpture community to engage in dialogue about the past, present and future of the contemporary sculpture field.

Join in from September 27th-October 8th, 2021 for engaging discussions on relevant topics in contemporary sculpture, including:
ARTSlams
Community Conversations and Panel Discussions
Enhanced Networking Opportunities
In-person Partner Events
Keynote Speakers
Themed Breakout Rooms
Virtual Studio Tours
Workshops
And more!

Speculative Fiction: Imagining New Futures

Literary Cleveland
Sep 29, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
What will the future look like in 50 years? How about 1,000? In this class, you’ll be given the tools to imagine a new future for your city, your community, or your world. What will home look like in the future? What cultures will rise or fall? What characters will populate these worlds and what technologies will they create? Speculative fiction allows us to consider how the past gives rise to the future and what the future can tell us about today. Together we will study passages from speculative and Afrofuturistic works such as Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI, generate characters and stories, and imagine entirely new worlds.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Speculative Fiction: Imagining New Futures

Literary Cleveland
Sep 29, 2021 - Oct 13, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
What will the future look like in 50 years? How about 1,000? In this class, you’ll be given the tools to imagine a new future for your city, your community, or your world. What will home look like in the future? What cultures will rise or fall? What characters will populate these worlds and what technologies will they create? Speculative fiction allows us to consider how the past gives rise to the future and what the future can tell us about today. Together we will study passages from speculative and Afrofuturistic works such as Nnedi Okorafor’s BINTI, generate characters and stories, and imagine entirely new worlds.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

From Writing Journal to Da Vinci Notebook: Developing New Tools for Creativity

Literary Cleveland
Oct 04, 2021 - Oct 25, 2021 7-9 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Writers, artists, scientists, inventors, lawyers, teachers -- all sorts of people keep journals, notebooks, or sketchbooks to help them collect information, jot down ideas, and make connections. They are a primary tool of creative people throughout time. Keeping a journal of some kind helps to develop observational skills and creative thinking, and it's invaluable for capturing and fostering inspiration for writing or making other art. But is a plain text-based journal really the best tool for the job? This workshop series introduces the technique of keeping a Da Vinci Notebook instead.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) — the self-taught “Renaissance Man,” painter of the Mona Lisa, student of anatomy, inventor of flying machines, and on and on — whose notebooks overflow with drawings, codes, notes, and imaginings, we will work together to learn, develop, and share new techniques and practices for journaling and experiment with ways to use our journals as fodder for our more purposeful writing.

This series is a dive into serious play and is appropriate for writers of all genres and levels. There will be some work to complete between sessions, in order to establish and explore the notebook process.

The class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Developing a Writing Habit - October 2021

Literary Cleveland
Oct 06, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Prerequisite: Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit or Participation in a Past Developing a Writing Habit Class

‍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.

Important note: To register for this class you must have either 1) participated in a past Developing a Writing Habit Class or 2) registered for or taken the prerequisite class: Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit. Those signed up for the four-week session will receive a writing prompt prior to the start of class, and workshopping will begin the first session.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

The Whole Story: An Introduction to Solutions Journalism

Literary Cleveland
Oct 06, 2021 - Nov 10, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
You've heard of solutions journalism. You've read many articles that employed a solutions journalism approach but may not have known. Here's your chance to learn what it is, what its key components are, and you'll have a chance to write a solutions journalism piece during the workshop. You'll hear from several guest experts and have opportunities to connect to the Solutions Journalism Network and editors seeking SJ pieces. Christopher Johnston has worked as a solutions journalism reporter for more than 30 years and is well-connected within the profession as a member of SJN and ASJA.

The class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Building Suspense

Literary Cleveland
Oct 07, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
Best-selling author D.M. Pulley shares tips and techniques to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Through multiple examples, Pulley will demonstrate three key components of suspense and how to build it from the ground up. Over the course of six sessions, participants will evaluate their works in progress and consider ways to increase tension, up the stakes, and keep an audience hooked.

The class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.

Pitch Intensive

Literary Cleveland
Oct 21, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021 12 noon - 1 p.m. | Zoom | Hone Your Craft
The key to a winning query is understanding and articulating your book's audience. Brandi Larsen has been on both sides of the publishing table, and, in this fast-paced four-week workshop, she'll help you revise your query letter with a focus on your book's pitch, comps, and audience. Attendees will share and receive feedback on their work, starting in the first session with their book's one-sentence hook. Attendees will be expected to upload a first draft of their query letter by Friday, October 15, with more details provided following registration.

Please Note: Due to the pace, this course is open only to attendees who are ready to query literary agents for the adult trade market, in fiction and non-fiction. Writers working in poetry, children's/YA, or the religious or academic markets will not benefit. Attendees should have a current polished manuscript or book proposal upon entering the intensive.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.