CLEAVER WORKSHOPS

Cleaver 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.

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FALL 2020 WORKSHOPS

WRITING THE PERSONA POEM
“When I Use I”
A Poetry Workshop taught by Herman Beavers

Asynchronous with optional Zoom sessions
5 Weeks
October 16-November 13
$275
Class Limit: 15
Questions: [email protected]

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The persona poem is a staple of Western poetry. Whether it’s Andrew Marvel’s “To His Coy Mistress” or W.B. Yeats’ s “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” or Ai’s cycle of poems written in the voice of J. Edgar Hoover, the persona poem offers the poet an opportunity to step out of her own skin and embody another personality, whose character traits may be a radical departure ...
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EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY Part 2 of 2
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

5 weeks
Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12 (Note: No class Thanksgiving weekend, Nov 28)
5 Zoom classes, Saturdays 2-4 pm Eastern Time
$175 early bird / $200 regular
Class limit: 12
This class can be taken on its own or as a continuation of Part I
Questions: [email protected]

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Dandelion on fire with title After Burn Kathryn KulpaAFTERBURN
A Workshop the Art of Flash Revision
Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

3 weeks
August 3 to August 22
$175
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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Flash fiction may be born in a lightning flash of inspiration, but crafting works of perfect brevity requires time and patience: sometimes cutting, sometimes adding, and sometimes starting all over again. In very short stories, every word must work, and revision is as much a part of writing flash as it is of writing longer prose. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll practice the art of revision. Flash fiction writer and editor Kathryn ...
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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]
$175 early registration before October 7 | $200 regular registration

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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 ...
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SOLD OUT

URBAN WILDLIFE: WRITING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Co-taught by Lucy Spelman and Susan Tacent

4 Saturdays, taught online on Zoom
September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2020
1pm-3pm Eastern Time
Click here to register
$250
Open to writers of all genres and all levels of experience
Class limit: 10

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Writing about the environment, from a literary and scientific perspective.  Scientist Lucy Spelman and writer Susan Tacent designed this intensive workshop to provide writers with tools and strategies for taking environmental action. In our four weeks together we’ll unpack articles written by scientists and field experts in conjunction with ...
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THE PROPULSIVE PICTURE
Image as an Engine in Poetry
Taught by Cleaver Poetry Editor Claire Oleson

5 weeks
September 19 to October 24, 2020
$ 150 Earlybird (before August 15)|$175 Regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

In this course, we will explore how images can serve as the engine in a poem: driving the language as a plot might in a story or novel. We will work primarily on generating new work, encouraging participants to push their boundaries and hone their voice to create memorable and authentic pieces. The workshop model will facilitate constructive responses from both ...
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A road

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

5 weeks
Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17.
5 Zoom classes, Saturdays 2-4 pm Eastern Time
$200
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

[This session is sold out. Consider Session II, starting Nov 7. Sessions can be repeated and can be taken out of sequence.]

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY is a five-week online generative writing course for writers of all levels and genres. In these days ...
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THE SHARPEST TOOLS IN THE DRAWER:
Honing Critical Distance in First-Person Narratives
A Masterclass by Cleaver Nonfiction Editor Lise Funderburg

Four Sundays, 12:00pm – 3:00 pm:  Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, 2020
$175 Early Bird / $200 regular
Class limit: 10
Questions: [email protected]

SOLD OUT

Writing from personal experience is always a double-edged sword in Creative Nonfiction: on the one side, we have almost limitless access to material. On the other, familiarity often breeds blind spots, cheating the work of dimension, resonance, and narrative drive. Through close readings of exemplary work, craft essays, writing exercises, discussion, ...
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Neon Lightning Bolt

THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

5 weeks
October 3–November 7,2020
$175 Early Bird before 9/3
$200 Regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected] 

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 ...
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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
October 19–November 20
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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 in its most dynamic form: a ...
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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
Session 1: January 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 2: February 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 3: March 7, 14, 21, 28
$95
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 prose, ...
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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]
$175 early registration before October 7 | $200 regular registration

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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 ...
Read full course description...

Neon Lightning Bolt

THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

5 weeks
January 3 to February 7, 2021
$200
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 ...
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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
$200
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 feedback.

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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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PAST WORKSHOPS

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
October 19–November 20
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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 in its most dynamic form: a ...
Read full course description...

THE SHARPEST TOOLS IN THE DRAWER:
Honing Critical Distance in First-Person Narratives
A Masterclass by Cleaver Nonfiction Editor Lise Funderburg

Four Sundays, 12:00pm – 3:00 pm:  Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, 2020
$175 Early Bird / $200 regular
Class limit: 10
Questions: [email protected]

SOLD OUT

Writing from personal experience is always a double-edged sword in Creative Nonfiction: on the one side, we have almost limitless access to material. On the other, familiarity often breeds blind spots, cheating the work of dimension, resonance, and narrative drive. Through close readings of exemplary work, craft essays, writing exercises, discussion, ...
Read full course description...

Neon Lightning Bolt

THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

5 weeks
October 3–November 7,2020
$175 Early Bird before 9/3
$200 Regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected] 

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 ...
Read full course description...

THE PROPULSIVE PICTURE
Image as an Engine in Poetry
Taught by Cleaver Poetry Editor Claire Oleson

5 weeks
September 19 to October 24, 2020
$ 150 Earlybird (before August 15)|$175 Regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

In this course, we will explore how images can serve as the engine in a poem: driving the language as a plot might in a story or novel. We will work primarily on generating new work, encouraging participants to push their boundaries and hone their voice to create memorable and authentic pieces. The workshop model will facilitate constructive responses from both ...
Read full course description...

A road

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

5 weeks
Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17.
5 Zoom classes, Saturdays 2-4 pm Eastern Time
$200
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

[This session is sold out. Consider Session II, starting Nov 7. Sessions can be repeated and can be taken out of sequence.]

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY is a five-week online generative writing course for writers of all levels and genres. In these days ...
Read full course description...

URBAN WILDLIFE: WRITING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
Co-taught by Lucy Spelman and Susan Tacent

4 Saturdays, taught online on Zoom
September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2020
1pm-3pm Eastern Time
Click here to register
$250
Open to writers of all genres and all levels of experience
Class limit: 10

Register Now

Writing about the environment, from a literary and scientific perspective.  Scientist Lucy Spelman and writer Susan Tacent designed this intensive workshop to provide writers with tools and strategies for taking environmental action. In our four weeks together we’ll unpack articles written by scientists and field experts in conjunction with ...
Read full course description...

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY II
A Workshop to Jumpstart Your Writing
open to all levels and genres
taught by Cleaver Editor Tricia Park

5 weeks
Aug 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5
5 Zoom classes, Saturdays 2-4 pm Eastern Time
$150 early bird / $200 regular
Class limit: 12
This class can be taken on its own or as a continuation of Part I
Questions: [email protected]

...
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The art of the scene cover image

THE ART OF THE SCENE 
A Workshop in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Taught by Lisa Borders

5 weeks
August 2 – September 4
introductory Zoom meeting at 2 pm ET on Sun Aug 2
SOLD OUT
$200 early bird / $225 regular
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 full course description...

AFTERBURN
A Workshop the Art of Flash Revision
Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

3 weeks
August 3 to August 22
Click here to register
$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

...
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THE PROPULSIVE PICTURE
Image as an Engine in Poetry
Taught by Cleaver Poetry Editor Claire Oleson

5 weeks
July 11-August 15
SOLD OUT
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

In this course, we will explore how images can serve as the engine in a poem: driving the language as a plot might in a story or novel. We will work primarily on generating new work, encouraging participants to push their boundaries and hone their voice to create memorable and authentic pieces. The workshop model will facilitate constructive responses from both peers and the instructor. Particular attention will be placed on ...
Read full course description...

Neon Lightning Bolt

THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

Both sessions of Kathryn Kulpa’s The Art of Flash are sold out—new classes by Kathryn will be announced shortly!

Session 2: 5 weeks
June 20 — July 25, 2020
$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected] [sold out]


Session 1: 5 weeks
May 9 — June 6, 2020
$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected] [sold out]

Flash is a genre defined by brevity: vivid emotions and images compressed into a compact form ...
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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. 

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