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Nonfiction Summer Camp 2024

Tell the truth, share your story, and connect with fellow writers at the Literary Cleveland Nonfiction Summer Camp. A four-week mix of in-person interactive field trips and online group workshop meetings, this Nonfiction Summer Camp is designed to create solidarity, camaraderie, and connection among Northeastern Ohio writers of all experience levels.

Whether you are writing a memoir, personal essays, or creative nonfiction, Story Club Cleveland founder Dana Norris will lead you through research, narrative structure, scene making, style and more. The month will culminate with sharing at Story Club Cleveland on September 6.

Creative Nonfiction of all experience levels are welcome. Each class week will feature: one Saturday in-person interactive field trip, some outside-of-class generative writing time, and one Wednesday evening class meeting via Zoom. Each Wednesday session will feature a mix of work sharing, group discussions, mini craft lessons, best practice sharing, and/or writing sprints. 

Saturday Field Trip activities will take place at the following locations:

  • Saturday, August 3, 3-5pm at Goldhorn Brewery
  • Saturday, August 10, 2-4pm at Ledges Trailhead in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Saturday, August 17, 7-9:30pm at Imposters Theater (tickets included)
  • Saturday, August 24, 10am-12pm at the Brownhoist
  • Friday, September 6, 7pm at the Brownhoist (tickets included)
Instructor: Dana Norris is the founder of Story Club Cleveland, a nonfiction storytelling show held in Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and Columbus. Her work has appeared in/on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, Tampa Review, the Risk! podcast, WCPN Cleveland, and WBEZ Chicago, among many others. Dana is the author of The Storytelling Code: 10 Simple Rules to Shape and Tell a Brilliant Story. Learn more about Dana at


Details: Nonfiction Summer Camp with Dana Norris will meet online Wednesdays August 7-28 from 7-9PM via Zoom, and in-person on Saturdays from August 3-24 with a special final meeting at Story Club Cleveland on Friday, September 6.
Prerequisites: None

Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir

Level: All levels

Format: Generative meetings, discussions, and activities for poets

Location: Wednesdays online via Zoom and Saturdays at various locations

Size: Limited to 50 participants

Suggested Sequence: Follow this class with an intermediate or advanced nonfiction class

Scholarships: Scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by April 15.

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

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