Lit Cleveland is Finally on YouTube!

We recently started a YouTube channel so you can keep up with our programs and original content. Head over to our page to watch video of board President Susan Petrone’s interview with best selling author Mary Doria Russell. More to come!

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March 1st marked the start of our annual membership campaign. Please help us fulfill our mission of creating and nurturing a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio by joining or renewing your membership.

April Workshops

Public Poetry Workshop w/Damien Ware (Free!)
Saturday, April 8th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CPL Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave., 2nd Floor

April’s Public Poetry workshop features seasoned poet and performer Damien Ware! Writers of all levels and backgrounds welcome. Sharpen your craft and receive comments and suggestions on your work in a friendly group format. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem.

But What If They See This? Perils and Possibilities of Writing About Family w/Amy Breau ($65.00/$55.00 for members)
Thursdays, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th and May 4th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p..m., Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere

When you write about family, do you keep the composition process–or the very existence of the work—to yourself? Or has dialogue with family ever become part of the narrative? Beginning with David Sedaris’ essay “Repeat After Me,” we’ll explore how other writers have navigated the dilemmas of writing about family, then share our personal essays and individual questions in a supportive workshop format. Topics include portraying yourself and your family with complexity and compassion, discovering the larger questions that connect your story to the world, and figuring out where to spend next Thanksgiving.

Introduction to Personal Essay Writing w/Lee Chilcote (Free!)
Third Saturdays, April 15th – September 16th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CPL Carnegie West Branch, 1900 Fulton Rd., Cleveland

Writers of all levels and backgrounds welcome. Learn the fundamentals of writing personal essays, including turning memories into stories, establishing yourself as a character, using tools like scene and dialogue, conducting research and interviews, and revising for publication. Workshops will offer participants opportunities to write and get feedback.

Speed Building Short Stories w/Eric Anderson (Free!)
Session I: Saturday, April 1st, April 8th and April 15th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CPL Memorial-Nottingham Branch, 17109 Lakeshore Blvd, Cleveland

Session II: Saturday, April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., CPL Jefferson Branch, 850 Jefferson Ave, Cleveland

In this three-week workshop, participants will engage in writing exercises designed to quickly develop the elements of short fiction. Each writer will have their work reviewed by the other participants, and each session will conclude with a new writing assignment.

Truth and Beauty: Writing about Art w/Lee Chilcote ($35.00/$30.00 for members)
Wednesdays, April 19th & May 3rd; Public Reading, Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m., Cleveland Museum of Art

Join Lit Cleveland for a hands-on two-session workshop exploring links between the visual arts and the art of words. Discuss examples of ekphrastic poems and learn how to use art to inspire your own work in the first session, then return for the second session with a poem of your own for critique.

Nurturing Your Writing: Developing a Writing Habit w/Linda Robiner
Wednesdays, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Mac’s Backs, 1820 Coventry Rd.

You have always known you were a writer. You have feelings and ideas you want to express, stories you want to tell but haven’t found time enough to write. This workshop series will jumpstart your writing habit and encourage you to create a steadiness of practice. We’ll use simple prompts and exercises to help get started, with time for quick drafts, editing, and voluntary sharing in a safe, supportive environment.

New! Between the Lines: Writing About Race

Between the Lines at the Happy Dog (Free!)
Wednesday, April 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Join us for a critical discussion of A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. An intimate and profound portrayal of past and present race relations in Cleveland, A Race Anthology features evocative work from a chorus of local writers, artists, and activists.

Lake View Cemetery Foundation announces call for writers for Mother’s Day Celebration

Lake View Cemetery Foundation (LVCF) is seeking writers to be part of a Mother’s Day celebration at Lake View Cemetery, May 14, 2017. LVCF is seeking original poems and dramatic monologues that reflect on and pay homage to important deceased women at Lake View Cemetery. Deadline for submissions is March 31st. To learn more about this project and view a list of notable women buried at this site, check out our blog.

Lit Events Around Town


Leaving a Legacy reading (Free!)
Friday, March 31st, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Orange Senior Center, 32000 Chagrin Blvd.

Join Darlene Montonaro and other Cleveland writers for a reading about life, transitions, and the journey of transformation. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information, call 216-831-8600 x 5700.

Marjorie Agosin at Ursuline College (Free!)
Tuesday, April 11th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ursuline College, 2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, Mullen Commuter Lounge

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ursuline College will host Chilean writer, critic and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín for a free, public lunchtime lecture in the College’s Mullen Commuter Lounge (in the Mullen Building). Those planning to attend should RSVP to Jackie Amos at or 440-646-8110.

Broadsides & Ephemera (Free!)
Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Hts.

A spoken word showcase by and for local writers. April’s edition features readings by participants of Lit Cle’s recent “Writing Persona Poems” workshop.

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