Lit Cleveland – Immerse Yourself in Nature Writing in the Cuyahoga Valley, Learn to Pitch Magazines, and More!

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Immerse yourself in nature writing in the Cuyahoga Valley Writing Wild: A Nature Writer’s Conference ($45.00/$65.00 with manuscript critique) Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Discover how to craft your story as your write about the environment and the natural world. A few sample writing sessions:

The Sixth Sense of Nature Writing with Kathleen Cerveny

This workshop will offer examples of metaphor and heightened sense imagery in writing about nature. You’ll use close observation and a focus on your own senses as a starting point for your writing.

Field Notes for Writers with Kathryn Flinn

Focus on the naturalist’s practice of taking field notes and learn how you can use it to generate vivid and thoughtful writing on nature, culture, and place. You’ll spend some time outside, where you can practice this discipline and learn how to make connections between external and internal observations.

For more info, visit the registration page.

Lit CLE Member and Partner News

Novelist and Case Western Reserve University professor Thrity Umrigar reads from her work at John Carroll University’s Rodman Hall on Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 pm.

CWRU’s Think Forum speaker series brings celebrated artists and scientists to campus beginning November 1st – including Tony Kushner, Sarah Vowell, Suzan Lori-Parks and more. It’s also completely free!

Playwrights Local announced its 2nd annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival November 4th – 6th at Waterloo Arts. October workshops start this week!

Legacy Writing: The Stories of Your Life ($60.00/$50.00 for members)
Tuesdays, October 4th, 18th, 25th & November 1st, at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Orange Senior Center, 32000 Chagrin

This class will help you find the meaningful stories of your life as you write about personal experiences and family history.

What I Want to Say: Writing Personal Essay and Memoir ($60.00/$50.00 for members)
Thursdays, October 6th, October 13th, October 27th & November 3rd, at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd
Taught by Marsha McGregor

Learn how to mine your life experiences for their stories and earned wisdom.

Tell It Slant: The Art of Creative Nonfiction ($15,00/$12.00 for members)
Saturday, October 8th, 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere

Experience two different approaches to creative nonfiction writing in this approachable workshop. Learn the craft from skilled writers, respond to writing prompts, and connect with other writers.

Pitch Perfect: Writing for Magazines ($30.00/$25.00 for members)
Saturdays, October 15th and November 12th, at 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Mac’s Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify compelling story ideas and pitch them to editors.

The Stories We Tell: North Collinwood (Free)
Saturday, October 22nd, at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Praxis Fiber Workshop, 15301 Waterloo, Cleveland 44110

Explore the history of North Collinwood and write your own story! Led by historian Mary Lousie Daley and award-winning poet/perfomer Ray McNiece. In partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

Personal Essay and Poetry Writing Workshops at CPL (Free)
This Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Our upcoming poetry workshop w/Cathy Barber will focus on superheroes! Bring 10 – 15 copies of a poem to share. Check out the Facebook event here.

Third Saturdays, 10:30 am: essay writing at Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Rd.

Writers of all experience levels welcome. Workshops offer exercises and feedback on participants’ work. Please register in advance.

New! November Workshops

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events ($40.00 for series/$15.00 for workshops — member and youth discounts available)
Lit Cleveland’s NaNoWriMo workshops are for anyone working on fiction, whether you’re formally participating in NaNoWriMo or not. Co-hosted by Lake Erie Ink. For teens (6th – 12th grade) and adults.

Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Kickstart NaNoWriMo with novelist panel and Come Write In! at Lake Erie Ink

Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Troubleshooting Fiction with Laura Walter

Thursday, November 17th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Building Worlds with Linda Robertson

Tuesday, November 29th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Come Write In! at LEI w/tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Wednesday, December 7th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: “Thank God It’s Over” NaNoWriMo Celebration

Roots of American Music Songwriting Workshop ($18.00/$15.00 for members)
Saturday November 5th, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Ave.

Explore the art of songwriting with two experienced musicians. Develop new ideas, polish a song you’re already working on, and enjoy a chance to receive feedback on your work. An open mic will follow the two workshops.

Roots and Rust Belt Songwriting w/Kevin Richards

Storytelling with the Blues w/Afi Scruggs
Writing from Real Life w/Judah Leblang ($45.00/$40.00 for members)
Saturday, November 12th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, location TBA

Writers are observers, continually examining our lives and the lives of others. For memoir writers, our life experiences become the raw material of our creative work. This workshop will focus on difficult circumstances that might become the rich “raw material” for new work. By the end, you will have worked through a topic and be well on your way to writing about it (and others) in a thoughtful and critical way.

Between the Lines with Nin Andrews and Karen Schubert

Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00 pm, Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave.
Nin Andrews’ poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, The Paris Review, and four editions of Best American Poetry. The author of 6 chapbooks and 6 full-length poetry collections, she has won two Ohio individual artist grants, the Pearl Chapbook Contest, the Kent State University chapbook contest,the Gerald Cable Poetry Award and the Ohioana poetry book award for 2016. , Someone Wants to Steal My Name. Her book, Why God Is a Woman, was published by BOA Editions in 2015. Her chapbook, Our Lady of the Orgasm, will be out in October 2016.

Karen Schubert’s publications include four poetry chapbooks, and poems, short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, interviews and reviews in Water~Stone Review, Artful Dodge, diode poetry journal,, PoetsArtists, Apple Valley Review, DMQ, Best American Poetry blog, Poets’ Quarterly, AGNI online and many others. She holds an MFA from the NEOMFA, where she served as editor of Whiskey Island Magazine. She is co-founder of Lit Youngstown, a literary arts organization.

In partnership with the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern and East Cleveland Public Library.

Join the coolest writers’ group in Cleveland A community of writers and readers in Northeast Ohio We need your support to create a thriving literary arts organization in Cleveland. Learn more about membership.

Lit Events Not to Miss Around Town
Tuesday, October 4th: Words and Wine featuring Mary Quade, Bistro 70 in Painesville

Tuesday, October 4th: Brews and Prose w/Tomas Q. Morin and Dave Hill, Market Garden Brewery

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