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Writing for the Ear

Every third person you know has a podcast, right? Have you ever wanted to write for one? Now’s your chance. We write to heal, to dream, and to be heard. In this generative class, we’ll develop short personal pieces for audio publication. If you’ve been trying for ages to commit an essay to paper, if you have a half-finished story languishing in a drawer, or if you’re just looking to light a fire beneath your prose, now’s your chance. Each participant will draft, workshop, revise, and – when ready – read their finished piece on the air.

Instructor: Annmarie Kelly Harbaugh is the author of Here Be Dragons: A Parent’s Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure and the Unfathomable Joy of the Journey, a memoir about the wonderful misery of raising children with someone you love. She is the host of Wild Precious Life, a podcast about making the most of the time we have. Annmarie is a dynamic and sought-after speaker who engages corporate and educational audiences about Work-Life Balance, Parenting, Writing, and Living Your Best Life Now. Annmarie has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered and a frequent contributor to print and online media from the New York Observer to the Huffington Post. She holds a Masters in Urban Education from Yale and has taught American Literature in a half-dozen high schools from Florida to Seattle. If your kid wrote notes on her hand or talked smack during class, chances are she was Annmarie’s favorite.


Details: Writing for the Ear with Annmarie Kelly Harbaugh takes place Thursdays February 15, February 22, February 29, March 7, March 14, and March 21 from 7-8:30pm in person at Literary Cleveland's Offices, 13002 Larchmere Blvd. 

Prerequisites: None

Genre: Nonfiction

Level: All levels

Format: Generative writing workshop (short personal pieces for audio publication)

Location: This class takes place at Literary Cleveland's Offices, 13002 Larchmere Blvd. 

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships)

Suggested Sequence: Follow up with an intermediate-level nonfiction writing workshop.

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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