CLEAVER WORKSHOPS

Cleaver Magazine offers affordable online generative workshops in flash, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual narrative, poetry, and narrative collage. 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 editor@cleavermagazine.com to be added our workshop mailing list. Some scholarship assistance may be available.

To register, click on the workshop listing or go directly to our Submittable page.

FALL 2020 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
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$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: sydney.tammarine@cleavermagazine.comRegister Now

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.

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SUMMER 2020 WORKSHOPS

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 Kulpa will share first drafts, revisions, and published versions of her own work and that of other flash and short fiction writers. Students will learn different revision strategies ...
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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
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$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: claireoleson@cleavermagazine.comRegister Now

In this course, we will explore how images can serve and 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 ...
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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
$200 early bird / $225 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: lisaborders@cleavermagazine.com

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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 ...
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A road

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: triciapark@cleavermagazine.com

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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: sydney.tammarine@cleavermagazine.com

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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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
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$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: kkulpa@cleavermagazine.com [sold out]


Session 1: 5 weeks
May 9 — June 6, 2020
$125 early bird / $150 regular
Class limit: 12
Questions: kkulpa@cleavermagazine.com [sold out]

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