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July 2020


Flash! How to Get Big Impact from Short Writing

Literary Cleveland
Jun 16, 2020 - Jul 07, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Hone Your Craft
Learn about the techniques of flash fiction, flash nonfiction and flash memoir. Short-form writing is a great way to experiment with new forms and genres, enabling you to find undiscovered aspects of your writing voice. In-class writing exercises and week-to-week assignments will challenge and inspire you, while the work and comments of other participants will provide even more perspective.

‍Remote class info
This class will meet remotely on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm using Zoom video conferencing. On the first day of class, we will give you a tutorial on how to use Zoom. Once you sign on using the instructions we will provide, you will be able to see and talk with your instructor and your fellow participants—just like you would in one of our meeting rooms. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera and microphone. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at

Musical Theater Dance & Acting Classes - Arlene Cassara

Arlene Cassara Dance
Jul 02, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020 Various times | Arlene Cassara Dance & Theater Center | Community, Hone Your Craft
Arlene Cassara Dance & Theater Center’s 5-week summer session including MUSICAL THEATER DANCE and its ACTING CLASSES begin July 2nd!
For those missing live theater this summer and/or those wanting to improve their skills for future productions, these IN PERSON classes are especially designed for you!
ACD&TC is so excited to have guest teacher, Douglas F. Bailey II, teaching ACTING this summer!
Through this five week class we will work through some of the basics of acting including acting through movement, character development, improv skills, and cold readings. They will discuss the casting process beginning at audition prep through callbacks, and acting etiquette once you find yourself in a production.
This 5-week session class will be held Thursdays 6:00pm, open to teens and adults.
MUSICAL THEATER DANCE will feature a new dance routine from a different musical all 5 weeks of the session! Taught by co- director of the studio and Cleveland theater choreographer, Nicci Cassara Billington, this class is perfect for all actors wanting to strengthen their dancing skills for future productions. It’s also a good time! Check out the studio Facebook and Instagram page for hints as to what musicals we will be dancing to! Enroll today as space is limited!
Arlene Cassara Dance & Theater Center is located at 24325 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted.
This 5-week session begins Thurs. July 2nd!
Contact studio to enroll today (due to COVID-19 protocols and regulations, class sizes are smaller).
(440) 716-1655

Adult Ballet Class

Cleveland Ballet
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 6-7 p.m. | Cleveland Ballet | Community, Hone Your Craft
School of Cleveland Ballet is excited to announce they will be offering Adult Ballet Class July 6th -August 8th. Classes are for Beginner to Advanced students for on $15.00 PER CLASS!!!

Classes will run:
Monday and Wednesday

To register call 216-320-9000 or email

Molly Baber | Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director|

Cleveland City Dance Summer Session

Cleveland City Dance
Jul 06, 2020 - Aug 08, 2020 Various times | In-studio Rotation and Virtual/Live Streaming | Community, Hone Your Craft
Cleveland City Dance is pleased to announce that they are resuming in-person classes and continuing live-streaming classes for our five-week session beginning July 6 and running through August 8. They will be following social distancing protocols as they remain cautious and careful while opening their doors to keep all students safe.

This is the link for the most up-to-date schedule for classes and camps

They have a full set of social distancing protocols that they have in place to keep all students and faculty safe. For protocols please visit us In July they are working to only have teachers and staff wearing facemask, and students wearing facemask as optional, yet highly recommended.

Developing a Writing Habit (July)

Literary Cleveland
Jul 08, 2020 - Jul 29, 2020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Remote online via 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.

Shaker Arts Council Virtual Art Classes and Webinars

Shaker Arts Council
Jul 10, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
SHAC announces a series of community virtual art classes and webinars. SHAC is presenting these classes July 12 – August 7, 2020 as part of Stay-in-Place Productions, the arts council’s response to COVID -19

Art Classes:
Appreciating Photography
Building An Online Craft Business Using Etsy
Class Piano
Chalk Pastel Portraits
Graffiti: Text as Image:
Handcrafted Paper Art
Mixed Media Fun
Poetry Sandbox
Programming for Artists using Processing

Odyssey Program Online Summer Film Camp

Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts
Jul 13, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020 2:00-4:00 PM | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new four-week interactive online course for students aged 13-18 will teach skills in film analysis, story development, screenwriting, production, and postproduction.

Each week, an expert instructor from the School of Film & Media Arts will deliver video lectures on a variety of film topics and an array of industry luminaries will also provide pointers and advice to the students through special video messages. Given fun assignments designed to spark creativity, students will present their work to their classmates at a group Zoom session at the conclusion of each week. Students will also learn the fundamentals of film analysis by viewing a film each week and breaking down its elements during a mid-week instructor-led discussion. Online camp counselors will also be available to the guide the students through the creative process. At the completion of the course, students will have created an original short film that will be screened at an online film festival, to be held on Friday, August 7.

Learn more here or by clicking above:

2020 Inkubator Online Writing Conference - Literary Cleveland

Literary Cleveland
Jul 13, 2020 - Jul 31, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
The Inkubator is Literary Cleveland's free annual festival for writers and readers! This year, instead of a one-day in-person event, they will be moving online and expanding to a record free 25 events spread across three weeks from July 13-31. Each day will feature a new program or event open to the public and available online, including multi-week workshops, reading, panel discussions, craft talks, open mics, and a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and novelist Connie Schultz. Altogether, the three-week online conference will become a public celebration of writing in Cleveland that advances writers’ individual abilities, furthers artistic dialogue, fosters a more connected literary community, and invites more people to write.

During the Inkubator Literary Cleveland will also be creating a new collective piece of writing, and would like you to participate. Writers can submit up to thirty words on the subject of “Uncertainty” in the form of a paragraph or stanza. One of Literary Cleveland's Inkubator Fellows, Venus Davis, will then use lines from these submissions to create a collaborative piece of writing that will be presented at the Inkubator closing ceremony. Submit your writing for inclusion today.

The Life Cycle of a Novel

Literary Cleveland
Jul 13, 2020 - Jul 27, 2020 12 - 1 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Learn what it takes to bring a novel to life from start to finish. This craft talk will offer practical, forthright advice tailored to aspiring novelists who hope to publish traditionally, covering everything from drafting, revision, finding an agent, signing with a publisher, preparing for publication, and marketing the book. Gain a better understanding of the publication landscape, learn about common industry challenges and misconceptions, and get inspired to take the next step with your own novel.

July 13: Inspiration & Creation
July 20: Revision & Agents
July 27: Publishing & Promoting

Instructor: Laura Maylene Walter
Genre: Fiction

Wonderland: How to Unlock Your Writing Projects

Literary Cleveland
Jul 13, 2020 - Jul 27, 2020 4-5 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Ever wonder why your writing has stalled? Or what your project is really about? In this presentation, workshop leader and writer Charlotte Morgan will help you gain the clarity needed to begin serious work on your manuscript. “Wonderland”, participants will complete an experimental exercise to help loosen the imagination; followed by some writing and during sharing, you will gain some understanding.

Instructor: Charlotte Morgan
Genre: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry

Crafting a Narrative Timeline of Your Life

Literary Cleveland
Jul 14, 2020 - Jul 28, 2020 12-1 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
A big part of the memoir writing process is taking a deep-dive into the events, experiences, people, and places that have shaped you. This workshop will teach participants how to develop a narrative life timeline, a concept that was popularized by Artist's Way creator Julia Cameron. Learn how to utilize this building block in writing the story of your life in a workshop taught by Artist's Way expert and aficionado Jen Jones Donatelli.

Instructor: Jen Jones Donatelli
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Tips & Tricks for Teaching Art Online

Fairmount Center for the Arts
Jul 15, 2020 7-8 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Hone Your Craft, Build Your Business
Are you a visual artist and working to pivot to teaching online? Are you challenged with how to provide instruction while demonstrating your technique and process? Would you like more support when it comes to tech success? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, join Mandy Peltier for an engaging session on teaching tricks for online instruction. Mandy is not only making the arts happen online, she is finding new opportunities as a teaching artist – teaching not only locally but nationally. This one hour program will include both demonstration, tips for application and Q&A.

Practical Principals for Writing Poems

Literary Cleveland
Jul 15, 2020 - Jul 29, 2020 12-1 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Does poetry sometimes feel intimidating or overly complex? This workshops will reveal how approachable the genre actually is. Discuss of the art of writing poetry in accessible terms and begin writing your own poems. Stop over-thinking your processes start creating meaningful work.

Instructor: Michelle R. Smith
Genre: Poetry

Building Suspense

Literary Cleveland
Jul 15, 2020 - Jul 29, 2020 4-5 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, 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 three sessions, participants will evaluate their works in progress and consider ways to increase tension, up the stakes, and keep an audience hooked.

Instructor: D.M. Pulley
Genre: Fiction

"I shall never get you put together entirely": Writing About Difficult Relationships

Literary Cleveland
Jul 16, 2020 - Jul 30, 2020 12-1 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Though some poets, like Adam Zagajewski and Francis Ponge, dismiss personal relationships as a frivolous subject for writing, let's be honest: they're a constant source of frustration and revelation, i.e. prime poetry material! In this workshop, then, we will look at poems by poets like Sylvia Plath, Chen Chen, Natalie Diaz, and others, to see how they address different relational dynamics, use a variety of aesthetic methods, and from different emotional vantages. Then, we will use their tools to chisel and carve the material of our own lives.

Instructor: Conor Bracken
Genre: Poetry

Intro to Food Writing

Literary Cleveland
Jul 18, 2020 1 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
Are you interested in beginning a career in food writing or improving your craft? This class will be based in discussion and practice to get you thinking about the particular skills required for a food writer. We’ll look at several pieces of contemporary food writing and analyze what makes them compelling. We'll study narrative arcs and techniques for non-fiction writing that are important for food writers. Then we’ll expand your vocabulary and tighten your writing to make your pieces come alive. And finally, we'll complete an exercise in class that will bring your new skill set into focus. This class will be helpful for anyone who needs to effectively communicate about food, but will be focused for journalists, bloggers, and authors.

Presenter: Sarah Lohman
Genre: Nonfiction

Fictional Stories in the Real World

Literary Cleveland
Jul 18, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
When it comes to settings, sometimes real places are inspirational, but should your story take place in a real or imaginary locale? This panel of fiction writers will explore the challenges and perks of writing about real locations. They will discuss the values, risks, and techniques they use to blend and balance research and reality with invention and creativity. Topics considered will include deep dives, distractions, and issues of craft: how to research what you need to know, determine how much is enough, and decide what to invent.

Presenters: Meredith Doench, Annie Hogsett, Susan Petrone, D.M. Pulley, E. F. Schraeder, Abby Vandiver
Genre: Fiction

Voice 101

Amanda Powell
Jul 19, 2020 - Aug 09, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This series is for people who say things like “I’ve always wanted to learn about singing,” or “I really want to know more about how to use my voice.” Together, in zoom format we will explore the basics of the voice—from the physical and technical aspects of singing, to how and why the voice can emotionally reach us in deep and profound ways. We will vocalize, learn songs, sing “together” and have a joyous time!

4 weeks on Sunday evenings, 7pm EST
Session #1: July 19, 26, August 2, 9
60-minute session together
Caps at 10 participants

The Dancing Wheels Company - 2020 DW Experience

The Dancing Wheels Company & School
Jul 20, 2020 - Jul 24, 2020 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | The Dancing Wheels Company & School Studios | Midtown Cleveland, 3030 Euclid Ave - Suite 100, Cleveland, OH 44115 | Hone Your Craft
Join Dancing Wheels in our new “DW Experience,” a one-week program for dancers ages 15 and up. This program fosters both technical growth and artistic development in physically integrated dance, and promotes a supportive community of individuals with and without disabilities. Dancing Wheels company members will conduct classes and activities for participants to enjoy throughout the week. The DW Experience allows everyone to challenge themselves in both body and mind, explore the expression of their individuality, and work at their own level. This year’s DW Experience may include an opportunities to perform in honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All participants are invited to perform in The School of Dancing Wheels Performance Ensemble for the 2020-2021 season.

$250 Full Tuition (extended early-bird discount if paid by June 30)
$275 Full Tuition (due by July 20, 2020)
$50 Non-Refundable Deposit (Guarantees spot in DW Experience if paid by June 30, 2020. Remainder of tuition due by July 20, 2020.)

Maximum capacity 10 participants in-studio.

Must have a minimum of 5 students registered for the program to take place. Payments received, and if the program has to be cancelled, will be applied as tuition towards future classes with the School of Dancing Wheels online or in-person.

Sample Schedule
10:00 Ballet or Modern Technique
11:30 Lunch
12:00 Improvisation/Composition
1:00 Wheelchair Technique
2:00 New Work Development

Friday – July 24, 2:00-3:00 pm (live broadcasted in-studio showcase)
Saturday – July 25, TBD (Performance art installation via Zoom for ON DISPLAY by Heidi Latsky Dance)
Week of August 3rd – TBA (Live interactive Dancing Wheels class for ADA Cleveland’s March for Access event)

Contact Sara Lawrence-Sucato via email at for more information.

Metheny Weir Signature Finishes

Shaker Arts Council
Jul 21, 2020 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Join us as Kim Metheny and Sue Weir demonstrate their most popular finishes. Start by learning the step by step basics of painting furniture and cabinets. Next, they will show you how to simulate a wood grain on a table top. Lastly, they will walk through their elegant “Severance Finish” for walls and furniture.

Reader Series: Combating Racism

Literary Cleveland
Jul 22, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020 7-9 p.m. | Remote online via Zoom | Community
In the wake of the killing of another unarmed Black man by the police, protests have sprung up around the globe, and many people are now seeking ways to educate themselves on racial inequality and oppression in the US. In this series, we will read and discuss three popular books centered on racism in the US.

So You Want to Talk About Race will provide foundational explanations for commonly heard concepts and questions like “what is a micro aggression?” and “why can’t I say the N-word?”.

White Fragility, the 2018 book by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, will help us to analyze the discomfort felt by white people when they are asked to discuss racism or to examine their own privilege. DiAngelo’s goal in writing White Fragility is to help white people move away from a place of defensiveness when challenged on their beliefs about racial inequality to one where we can engage these conversations more constructively.

The final book, How to Be An Antiracist, will serve as a call to action for many of us as we try to imagine a society that is vehemently anti-racist. By taking a closer look at our personal beliefs and then the history, laws, and policies that have landed us in our present predicament, we can start to understand what active roles that we can take to build this new society.

This class is presented in partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Maltz Museum members can register for the member price. All profit from this class will be donated to the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition.

Digital-first events are the new normal. Are you prepared?

Jul 23, 2020 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
COVID-19 turned the world upside down. Now, we’re all figuring out how to adapt our marketing strategies for a digital-first world. A world where in-person events aren’t possible, but you have to remain connected. A world where your marketing can’t stop, no matter the time zone, country, budget or circumstances.

Join in for VIRTUALIZED, a special live online event designed to prepare you for our digital-first future. Kicking off with a special live keynote webinar featuring leading experts in webinar and experiential marketing, it’s followed by a 5-part on-demand webinar certification course that will teach you how to build amazing digital experiences for your audience that engage across the entire customer journey.

You’ll learn:
-A framework for running ongoing VIRTUALIZED campaigns
-The set of tactics for omnichannel promotions, from email to to chatbots social
-Innovative production and presentation formats, from virtual talk shows to after-parties
-How to supercharge live engagement and networking in virtual experiences
-A playbook for putting engagement data to work

The future of marketing is here. Register now!

Virtual Radio Play Performance of The Time Machine

Shaker Arts Council
Jul 25, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community
On July 25, 2020 via Zoom, the Shaker Arts Council (SHAC) will present Radio on the Lake Theatre’s radio play performance of The Time Machine. The science- fiction classic is adapted from the story by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine takes listeners on a journey to the year One Hundred Thousand and Eighty and a world where beauty and terror live side by side. This is a unique opportunity. The performance gives the viewer the chance to not only hear but also see how special effects are created. The virtual Zoom performance will be held at 7:00pm and is a part of Stay-in-Place Productions, the arts council’s response to COVID -19. The performance is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register visit:
This SHAC Stay–in–Place Production is made possible by a grant from NOPEC.

Dialects on Camera for Commercial and Film (UK)

Pro-Model & Talent Management, Inc.
Jul 25, 2020 2-5 p.m. | Remote Only Via Zoom | Hone Your Craft
This is a great addition to your special skills as an actor!
Paul Floriano has been acting and coaching actors for over 40 years. He has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York and in The National Tour of Tomfoolery. His stage work includes theaters such as Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Play House and Carousel Dinner Theatre. His many roles have included Sarnoff in The Farnsworth Invention, MacHeath in Threepenny Opera, Jim in All Shook Up and The Engineer in Miss Saigon. Paul has been seen in film work such as, The Year That Trembled, The Script Doctor, and The Devil Was Hot. He is a proud member of Actor's Equity and SAG.
Price: $75

The Movement Project's Summer Dance Intensive (PRE-PROFESSIONAL (12-18 YRS))

The Movement Project
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 01, 2020 10am-4pm (M-F) Noon - 9:30 pm (Sat) | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 W 14th St, Cleveland, OH 44113 (Tremont, Ohio) | Community
This one week intensive is geared for serious-minded dancers interested in furthering themselves as creative artists and who wish to deepen and grow their technical and performance knowledge. This intensive provides a rigorous daily schedule in professional training, creative practice and rehearsals taught by TMP artistic directors, company members, as well as notable guest artists in the dance community. The program will focus on modern dance technique, contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition, injury prevention and somatic practices. In addition to movement courses, the program includes courses designed to prepare young artists for a career in dance, such as, resume building, dance on film and marketing. As part of our marketing course, each artist will receive dance action shots for their portfolio.

While we are postponing in person auditions at this time, our video submissions are open and ready for you to submit!


Adaptive Platforms for Artist Resilience

Creative Capital
Jul 28, 2020 4-5:30 p.m. | Online | Build Your Business
Artist-centered organizations have pivoted to fulfill urgent artists’ needs during COVID. Kyle Dacuyan will moderate a conversation between Ali Rosa-Salas, Wes Taylor, and Tara Aisha Willis to share tactics they have used to maintain community and share resources through repurposing, expanding, and innovating their programs.

The Heart of Your Story: Introduction to Structure in Memoir

Literary Cleveland
Jul 29, 2020 7 p.m. | Online - Zoom | Community, Hone Your Craft
This session will provide an introduction to common memoir formats, with a focus on the three-part structure commonly used in this genre. We'll look at several examples, and complete an exercise in which participants will identify key events in their own stories. By the end of this 90 minute workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of effective memoir structures and new ideas for possible structures/formats for their memoirs.

Instructor: Judah Leblang
Genre: Nonfiction

Responsible & Responsive: The Duty of the Performing Arts Sector in Our Current Context

Artist Relief
Jul 30, 2020 6 - 7 p.m. | | Build Your Business
COVID-19 and the movement against systemic racism have fundamentally altered the rules of engagement between presenter and artist, leading presenting institutions to ask key questions that will shape the ways they engage with artists and communities going forward. In this time of concurrent crises and cultural upheaval, how do we uplift the voices of BIPOC artists in the performing arts? Creative Capital board member Colleen Jennings-Roggensack and Creative Capital Awardee Marc Bamuthi Joseph discuss the responsibilities of the presenting institution to artists and to their communities, as part of Artist Relief's ongoing conversation series, sponsored by Compound.

Houde School of Acting August Classes (Online & In-Person)

Houde School of Acting
Aug 01, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020 Various times | Online | Community, Hone Your Craft
Houde School Of Acting has diversified their programs to be sure that they offer something valuable for every actor at any level, from beginner to experienced.

Their online classes for August include, Self-Tape Coaching, Script Analysis, Film Applications Of Acting Theory, One-Liner Workout, Marketing Materials For The Actor and a Q&A with Atlanta Casting Director, Jordan Brown.

Their in-person classes include, Meisner, Advanced Meisner, Improv, Acting For The Camera, Script Choices and Kids & Teens classes.

They also offer private sessions with Jessica Houde-Morris, either online or in-person and they shoot professional demo reels for actors!!

A one-stop-shop for actors in Northeast Ohio!!