CLEAVER WORKSHOPS   Fall 2021

Find community and grow your craft in our online workshops. We host both synchronous and asynchronous courses using Zoom and Canvas, an easily accessible, private online platform. Whether you’re a new writer or a well-published pro, you’ll find motivation, structure, constructive criticism, and a dedicated cohort. Offerings are continually updated, so check back for more, or email [email protected] to be added to our workshop mailing list.

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

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

[More coming soon! ]

Visual Memoir

Masterclass in Visual Narrative Memoir with Cleaver Visual Narrative Editor Emily Steinberg, October 2 to November 6, 2021

Synchronous on Zoom; for writers & artists with some experience in visual narrative.  

THE WRITING LAB: Playful Experiments to Unstuck Your Writing, taught by Tricia Park, Oct 3 - Nov 14, 2021

THE WRITING LAB: Playful Experiments to Unstuck Your Writing, taught by Tricia Park, Oct 3 – Nov 14, 2021

All genres and levels, mostly asynchronous with two optional synchronous meetings

WEEKEND WRITING with Andrea Caswell | Ongoing Sunday Morning Series

WEEKEND WRITING with Andrea Caswell | Ongoing Sunday Morning Series

Open to all levels and genres | Synchronous on Zoom

Crafting a Great Personal Essay, taught by Lise Funderburg, October 10-31, 2021 [SOLD OUT]

Crafting a Great Personal Essay, taught by Lise Funderburg, October 10-31, 2021 [SOLD OUT]

For writers of all levels | Synchronous with asynchronous writing assignments

ONGOING CLINICS

NONFICTION CLINIC

NONFICTION CLINIC

One-on-one feedback and guidance for creative nonfiction writers
SHORT STORY CLINIC

SHORT STORY CLINIC

One-on-one feedback and guidance for fiction writers

What Our Students Are Saying About Cleaver Workshops:

THE ART OF FLASH
I loved having the ability to work on the material at my own pace, at my own time. I met several writers who I will continue to stay in touch with. “

“I learned so much. Most other flash workshops aren’t as detailed as this one. I came away with new tools to employ in my writing.”

THE ART OF THE SCENE
“Lisa Borders is a wonderful teacher. She understands craft so well.”

“Lisa knows her stuff, she is also very positive and encouraging. The course was also well organized on Canvas.”

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY
“It got me writing again after a fallow time, and has helped me clarify my writing objectives.”

“Tricia is a fantastic and natural teacher.”

“This workshop was really supportive! Tricia was such a great guide. Even as we spent long periods writing, she was there to create an inspirational space, help us change tack, and encourage experimentation and playfulness without worry.”

“A warm, smart, generous teacher. Her prompts were genius.”

PROPULSIVE PICTURE
“It opened a different way of looking at creating poetry.”

SHARPEST TOOLS
“Lise spoke deeply and generously from her own formation as a writer, and about the writing of her two very different books. In my journey to become a published writer of a memoir, even though my formation is as a visual artist and critic, her generosity gave me a case in point to think about. Right now, for me at least I am finding the most inspiration from the teachers of these workshops as models for professional-level work in the field.”

“Lise is sensitive and generous while giving constructive criticism. She is also adept at guiding group discussions.”

TELLING TRUE STORIES:
“Other than the topics that were all useful and valuable, Sydney included a wonderful revision exercise that I had never considered before–incorporating prose poetry into a piece. I revised my least favorite piece, and it became my favorite piece. ”

“Sydney was a very gifted teacher, capable of elevating my writing, even though I’m a beginning writer. I appreciated her sensitive, thoughtful and practical feedback and how she managed the feedback we gave each other.”

“Sydney was one of the more considerate, warm and insightful facilitators I have met. She was a sharp and welcome contrast to some of the horror stories that we sometimes hear about how such groups can be unkind and kill budding writers’ desire to “expose” their work.”

“This was a fantastic group with a great sense of community. I miss them.”

“I had never experienced the value of the writing community for feedback and encouragement. Wow, Sydney really set the tone, offering acceptance and providing lots of positive direction.”

TRANS Is Not An Abbreviation:
“Excellent. Provided much insight into how to write effectively about non-binary characters. I would recommend Foster to anyone.”

“I loved this class. Foster’s lectures were insightful and inspiring. Exposure to the writing of my classmates was wonderful and often very moving. I’ve taken a ton of writing workshops over the years and this was one of my favorites.”

“Talented, witty and kind. Foster is wonderful.”

“This workshop helped me to trust myself and take more risks in my writing. It also helped me to ask important questions about the ways in which I’ve been holding myself back.”

WEEKEND WRITING:
“I found Andrea’s creation of a ‘gentle accountability,’ as she once put it, very effective.”

“I really appreciate writing in community without the pressure of sharing or workshopping. For me, it’s most important to get my butt in the seat and keep it there, and this 90 minutes each week feels sacred and protected.”

 

Refund policy:

  • Full refund minus a $30 processing fee up to two weeks 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 two weeks before the start of class until the day before class starts.
  • No refunds after the day before start of class. Our teachers need to be paid. 
  • Limit: two partial incidents per student. 

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