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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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Tuesday Evening Writing Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 21, 2021 - Nov 09, 2021 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Hone Your Craft
Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Literary Cleveland's creative writing groups to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

Thursday Morning Writing Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 23, 2021 - Nov 11, 2021 10-11:30 a.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Literary Cleveland's creative writing groups to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

Saturday Morning Writing Workshop

Literary Cleveland
Sep 25, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Have a story to tell? Enjoy writing poetry? Working on a novel or memoir? Join Literary Cleveland's creative writing groups to generate new writing, complete in-class exercises, receive feedback on your work, get inspired by great readings, and bond with fellow group members. Have fun with writing. Discover your voice. Tell your story. All genres and experience levels are welcome.

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.

Developing a Writing Habit - November 2021

Literary Cleveland
Nov 03, 2021 - Nov 24, 2021 10 a.m. - 12 noon | 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.

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

Cleveland Dance Fest

The Movement Project
Nov 05, 2021 - Nov 06, 2021 | Pilgrim Church | Community
The Movement Project's Cleveland Dance Fest is set to return for its 6th season November 5th & 6th, 2021 at the beautiful Pilgrim Church in Tremont! The 2-day festival will feature new works by Cleveland and visiting artists in 2 evening performances, an emerging works concert, a youth showcase, a virtual dance film gallery and a day of master classes for youth and professional dancers taught by CDF artists. Purchase tickets and register for classes below!