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Craftopia: Taking Inspiration from Books on Writing

Description: In this class we'll read one craft book before each session. During class time, we'll discuss the book, and then work on exercises inspired by the content. As follow-up, students will expand on and refine their in-class work to turn in by the next class, and receive feedback from the instructor.
We'll be reading the following books:
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
How I Write My Novels, by Haruki Murakami
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
Free Within Ourselves, by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Instructor: Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection). Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Antioch Review, and the Mississippi Review, as well as in a number of journals that publish flash fiction. Currently, she is working on an urban fantasy set in the flats area of a near-future, dystopian Cleveland.


Details: Craftopia: Taking Inspiration from Books on Writing takes place Saturdays October 14, 21, 28, and November 4 from 1-3 pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: Any emerging level fiction/nonfiction/poetry writing course

Genre: Nonfiction/Fiction/Poetry

Level: Intermediate

Format: Reading seminar with elements of generative workshops with in-class feedback.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by August 21.

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

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