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"Cut!": Editing First Drafts

In this interactive, 4-week, 2-hour workshop, award-winning poet, playwright, editor and author, Dr. Mary Weems will share her tips for editing creative writings across genres in a collective, learning community environment. Participants will have an opportunity to share up to two pages of writings for immediate feedback, to go over your drafts and apply Dr. Weems tips working individually and in small groups. Like most things we learn to do well, the more we do it, the better we get at it, and this workshop is designed for writers who are just beginning and/or experienced writers who want to get even better at editing.
Instructor: Dr. Mary E. Weems' is a poet, playwright, author, performer, imagination-intellect theorist, and social/cultural foundations scholar. Weems is the author of thirteen books including Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues (2015) Writings of Healing and Resistance: Empathy and the Imagination-Intellect and Public Education and the Imagination Intellect: I Speak from the wound in my Mouth, five chapbooks, most notably “white” (Wick Award), and numerous poems, articles and book chapters. In 2015 Weems’ was awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize for her full-length drama MEAT. Dr. Weems may be reached at


Details: "Cut!": Editing First Drafts takes place Wednesdays in June: June 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:30-8:30 PM in-person at Literary Cleveland (13002 Larchmere Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44120). 

Prerequisites: None.

Genre: Multigenre

Level: All Levels

Format: Generative writing workshop with reading elements 

Location: This class takes place in person Literary Cleveland (13002 Larchmere Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44120).

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two 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 class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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