Category Archives: Classes

Teen Writers Workshop Mon. January 11 (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshop facilitated by Carrie George is an informal, respectful gathering for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00PM EST. Register here for the Zoom room, attend any number of workshops.

Meet the teaching artist: Carrie George is a poet, photographer, and candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center in Kent, Ohio, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

Teen Writers Workshop December 14 (Zoom)

Teen Writers Workshops (Zoom)
2nd Mondays 7-8:30: December 14

Teen Writers Workshop facilitated by Carrie George is an informal, respectful gathering for writing and creative expression. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Register one time here for the Zoom meeting room, attend any number of workshops.

Meet the teaching artist: Carrie George is a poet, photographer, and MFA candidate at the Northeast Ohio MFA program. She is the current graduate fellow for the Wick Poetry Center, where she teaches poetry in local schools and various community programs.

Building Upon Your Natural Writing Style Workshop

Building Upon Your Natural Writing Style

**This workshop is now full. If you register, we will add your name to a waiting list. Thank you!**

Whether you write prose or poetry, you have your own natural skill set – it may be for storytelling, or for writing a lyrical line, or perhaps you have a gift for generating strong images. This workshop is designed to explore and develop ways to stretch and build upon what comes naturally to you and to find new ways to complement your own writing style. Generative prompts and exercises will encourage you to experiment and share your writing in a relaxed and supportive way.

Building Upon Your Natural Writing Style. Mondays, January 11-February 8, 1-3 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $25 (scholarships are available). Register here by January 8.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Marion Boyer is a poet and essayist with four published poetry collections; her most recent book is The Sea Was Never Far. Boyer is an emeritus professor and has conducted poetry workshops for Lit Youngstown’s Winter Writing Camp, Wisconsin’s Washington Island Writers Festival, Lit Cleveland, and the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival.

Writing for Happiness Workshop

Writing for Happiness

Many folks write anticipating joy, but instead encounter doubt, fear, or defeat. 2020 was an especially difficult year to cultivate space for creating what we love. With a new year comes new possibility. In this session, we will invigorate writing habits, pursue happiness, and open our eyes to the ways writing can change us… and the world. 

Writing for Happiness. Saturday, January 23, 1 to 2 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Please register here by January 18.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh is the author of Here Be Dragons: A Parent’s Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure, and the Unfathomable Joy of the Journey, a memoir about the sweet and wonderful misery of raising children with someone you love. She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband, their three kids, and an assortment of dying houseplants.

New Workshop: Discover Your Writing Temperament

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oPlay to Your Long Suit — Discover Your Writing Temperament

Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination are what Gregory Orr calls the natural temperaments of writers. Together we will discover which of the four temperaments is your particular strength and how to deepen and broaden that talent. Further, each temperament has its complement, so we will discuss ways develop your complementary temperament. For prose and poetry writers.

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New Workshop! Playwriting 102

Playwriting 102 (Limited Seating)
Enrollment Closed

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oStudents who enjoyed the “The Power of Ten” playwriting class will enjoy this workshop where we write and share scenes, monologues, or completed short plays over the course of 4 weeks. Didn’t take the first class? No problem. You’ll be able to join right in. Classes will be a combination of the technique practice, discussion and sharing of material.

Meet the Teaching Artist: Kelly Bancroft’s plays have been produced in Youngstown,
Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cleveland. She earned an MFA from the NEOMFA program at
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Believe It or Not: Writing surreal, weird, and speculative worlds

82234858_1564294787042229_6689842761056649216_oRegistration is open for a new workshop led by E.F. Schraeder.

Believe it or Not? Writing surreal, weird, and speculative worlds

If your writing contains out-of-this-world elements or the suspension of disbelief is key to your project, this workshop is designed to help you craft plausible speculative fiction. From space invaders, underworld adventures, to the supernatural, we will examine examples and strategies that make the impossible
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“Start a new draft by imagining other angles”: a Conversation with Janet Wong

Lit Youngstown’s summer intern Danny Gage asked children’s author Janet Wong a few questions about her work and writing life. Janet will be a featured writer at the online 2020 Fall Literary Festival September 24-26.

DG: Do you think that being a lawyer, specifically at Universal Studios, is why you have an eagerness to write for children, as well as even teach them poetry? Did the setting you worked in as a lawyer make the career shift easier?

janet wongI think that my experience as a lawyer has transferred over to my writing career in three main ways.

First, it makes me kinder and more compassionate. I became ashamed of the way that doing my job was turning me into a mean person. Not every lawyer does mean things, but I did. In my job as Director of Labor Relations at Universal Studios Hollywood, I needed to fire a lot of people—and the sad part was that it started not to bother me.

 

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