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 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 our workshop mailing list. Some scholarship assistance may be available.

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FALL 2020 WORKSHOPS

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WHEN I USE I
Writing the Persona Poem
A Poetry Workshop taught by Herman Beavers

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. Years’ 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 from her own but who ...
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THE ART OF FLASH

A Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction

Taught by Cleaver Flash Editor Kathryn Kulpa

5 weeks
October 3–November 7
$175 Early Bird before 9/3
$200 Regular
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, ...
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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 124
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 ...
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URBAN WILDLIFE: WRITING TO COEXIST
Co-taught by Lucy Spelman and Susan Tacent

4 Saturdays
September 12, 19, 26, and October 3
1pm-3pm Eastern Time
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$225 early bird / $250 regular
Open to writers of all genres and all levels of experience
Class limit: 10

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This workshop is designed for writers of all genres who wish to express their love and concern for all creatures through writing that is both informed by science and emotionally charged. This is a hybrid workshop, with meetings on Zoom and written work via Canvas, a text-only platform for drafts ...
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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
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$150
Class limit: 12
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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 in ...
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SOLD OUT WORKSHOPS

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

3 weeks
August 3 to August 22
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$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 ...
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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 ...
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EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY
A Workshop to Jumpstart Your Writing
open to all levels and genres
taught by Cleaver Editor Tricia Park

5 weeks
June 27 to July 25
5 Zoom classes, Saturdays 2-4 pm Eastern Time
$150 early bird / $200 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: [email protected]

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EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY is a five-week online generative writing course for writers of all levels and genres. In these days of uncertainty and rapid change, it’s difficult to know what to hang onto. And social distancing leaves us struggling to maintain our mental wellness during this undetermined period of isolation.

But what if 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
July 27 – August 28 [sold out]
$125 early bird / $150 regular
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 ...
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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.

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