CLEAVER WORKSHOPS

winter workshops headerCleaver Magazine offers affordable online generative workshops in flash, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual narrative, poetry, and mixed genres. Our workshops are taught by Cleaver editors, university creative writing professors, and professional writers and editors. 

We host both synchronous and asynchronous courses using Zoom and Canvas, an easily accessible, private online platform. You don’t need any special accounts, equipment, or textbooks to join––just a computer or tablet and an internet connection. All reading materials are included in the class fee.

We welcome both new and experienced writers looking for motivation, structure, and constructive criticism.

Offerings are continually updated. Check back for more, or email [email protected] to be added to our workshop mailing list.

Note: All synchronous classes are scheduled using Eastern/Atlantic Time.

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WINTER 2020-2021 WORKSHOPS

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WEEKEND WRITING
for practice and inspiration
open to all levels and genres|Taught by Cleaver Editor Andrea Caswell

4 weeks, Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ET
Session 1: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 2: February 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 3: March 7, 14, 21, 28
$100
Class limit: 12
This class can be repeated monthly. (Re-registration required). May be taken in conjunction with Tricia Park’s EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY classes.
Questions: [email protected]
Register NowWEEKEND WRITING is a weekly generative writing session for writers of all levels and genres. Every Sunday, enjoy this 90-minute writing retreat as we read and discuss short ...
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cover image telling true stories a lightbulb on a dark backgroundTELLING TRUE STORIES
A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Cleaver Editor Sydney Tammarine

5 weeks
December 7, 2020- January 9, 2021
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]
SOLD OUT

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Writer Dinty W. Moore says that creative nonfiction equals curiosity plus truth. CNF comes in a variety of forms: from expansive memoir to intimate personal essay to the lightbulb “eureka!” of flash. But in any form, the CNF writer is a guiding voice in the dark: a storyteller seeking truth, thinking alongside the reader toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world.

In this class, we’ll practice the essay ...
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THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

5 weeks
SOLD OUT
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected] 

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Flash is a genre defined by brevity: vivid emotions and images compressed into a compact form. We most often see flash fiction, but flash can also encompass prose poetry, micro memoir, lyric essays, and hybrid works.

In this class, we will take a close look at different styles and forms of flash fiction, as well as flash nonfiction, hybrid, and experimental works. Each week, we will read and discuss one or more ...
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THE ART OF THE SCENE 
A Workshop in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Lisa Borders

5 weeks
January 3 to February 5
introductory Zoom meeting at 2 pm ET on Sun Jan 3

Register Now$225
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

The writer Sandra Scofield describes a “pulse”—that spark that makes the story come alive— as a vital element to all scenes. This pulse is especially crucial for opening scenes, as many agents and editors report that if they are not hooked on a manuscript within the first five pages, they will not read on.

But what is a “pulse,” ...
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TRANS (Is Not An Abbreviation)
Writing Transgender Characters through the lens of the body
taught by Claire Rudy Foster

4 Zoom Sessions
January 4, 11, 18, 25, 8-10 pm ET
$200
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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This workshop will discuss how to write about transgender characters through the lens of the body. Transgender bodies are vilified, objectified, fetishized, and punished. How do we write about trans joy, pleasure, and freedom? Writers will generate body-specific pieces of imagined or experienced memoir and learn about how to create transgender characters that avoid cliched, harmful tropes. Cisgender students are asked to ...
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POETIC ANATOMIES:
Dissecting Form and Formlessness in Poetry
Taught by Cleaver Poetry Editor Claire Oleson

5 weeks
January 16 to February 20
SOLD OUT
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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In this course, we will investigate how form is used in poetry to create meaning, house language, and allow the content of a poem to achieve a significance that echoes beyond the bounds of its literal words. Whether participants are wholly new to sonnets and couldn’t tell you whether a villanelle is part of a cake recipe or a manuscript, there will be room for growth, experimentation, and attentive ...
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EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY, Part 1 of Two
A Workshop to Jumpstart Your Writing
open to all levels and genres
Parts 1 and 2 may be repeated or taken out of order
taught by Cleaver Editor Tricia Park
Asynchronous Version

5 weeks
January 10 to February 7, 2021
$250
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]Register Now

“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

In this class, we won’t try to fix what ...
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ONGOING CLINICS

CREATIVE NONFICTION CLINIC
with Sydney Tammarine

Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress.

Writer Dinty W. Moore says that creative nonfiction equals curiosity plus truth. CNF comes in a variety of forms: from expansive memoir to intimate personal essay to the lightbulb “eureka!” of flash. But in any form, nonfiction seeks a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world. It requires a well-told narrative, conflict, careful pacing, and a dynamic mind thinking on the page. Whether you have an essay near completion to submit to journals or programs, or have written a draft and don’t ...
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SHORT STORY CLINIC
with Andrea Caswell

Here is your opportunity for one-on-one editorial feedback on a work-in-progress.

Fiction writer and editor Andrea Caswell will read your short story (up to 5000 words) and offer constructive written feedback regarding what’s working, what needs attention, and how to improve in key craft areas. Feedback will be returned within 21 days; expedited turnaround also available. You may add an optional video conference with Andrea to discuss your work further and ask questions about next steps for revision.

Fiction writer and editor Andrea Caswell will read your short story (up to 5000 words) and ...
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COMING SOON

Telling True Stories, Asynchronous Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Sydney Tammarine, May 10 to June 11, 2021

Unshaping the Essay: Experimental Forms in Creative Nonfiction, Zoom + Asynchronous Workshop with Sydney Tammarine, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, 2021

Refund policy:

  • Full refund minus a $30 processing fee up to a week before the start of class. 
  • Or full credit (no penalty) to enroll in alternate class(es). If the alternate class is a higher price, the student must pay the balance.
  • Half-refund from a week before the start of class until day 1.
  • Limit: two partial incidents per student. 

Refunds processed through PayPal.