Writing the Working Class with Literary Cleveland

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Event Details

Register for these writing workshops at through Lit Cleveland at bit.ly/write_cle


Old-fashioned, blue-collar American work is part of our identity in northeast Ohio, where nothing is given, everything is earned, and you work for what you have. Join us for this six-part series of classes on writing the working class presented in collaboration with Literary Cleveland and Willoughby Eastlake Public Library’s Between the Lines Author Series. 

In the writing workshops from 5:30-6:30pm you will explore your own relationship with work by creating and developing a piece of original writing. Instructors will share techniques, lead participants in writing exercises, and inspire you to break through to new levels of creativity and productivity in your writing.

Following each workshop, from 6:30-7:30pm, you can join a conversation with a visiting author whose book connects thematically the subject of work.

This series leads up to the major event: an evening with Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions, on August 5 as part of the Lake County League of Libraries’ community read program. 

Advance registration for the six-part workshop is required to have writing critiqued by the group, but silent auditing or attending a single workshop to observe and seek inspiration is allowed and encouraged. Registration for author conversations is separate.


June 10--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with Jakob Guanzon (Abundance) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/guanzon)  

June 16--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with Willy Vlautin (The Night Always Comes) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/w_vlautin)

June 23--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with Brian Castner (Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/b_castner)

July 8--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with Edward McClelland (Midnight in Vehicle City) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/run_4_home)

July 29--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with multiple authors (Black in the Middle) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/black_mid)

August 5--workshop at 5:30; author conversation with Jess Walter (The Cold Millions) at 6:30 (register at bit.ly/cold_millions)


Marie Vibbert's work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, and many other professional publications. Her short story "Keep Talking" won Apex Magazine's Story of the Year. Marie is a software developer in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the Clarion writer's workshop in 2013 and joined the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2014. She belongs to the Cleveland Science Fiction writer's workshop headed by Mary Turzillo. She also has been a lineman for the Cleveland Fusion women's tackle football team and has ridden 18% of the roller coasters in North America.

Dahlia Fisher (she/her) is a writer, blogger, artist, feminist, and proud mom of three. She is also a seven-time produced playwright and spent over a decade workshopping new plays as a founding member of groundbreaking theater companies like Pussycat Company which launched LGBTQ+ writers in the early 1990s, and Living Room Theater Co. that produced original works in alternative venues from the early 2000s. In her current role with the Maltz Museum, Dahlia developed two children's books, "Ari & Abigail's Passport to Israel" and "Sarah & Samuel's American Story." She writes articles for Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine and recently published an essay with the Lost and Found Project about grieving the loss of a parent. An active member of Literary Cleveland, Dahlia looks forward to teaching craft of writing classes through a theatrical lens. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, with a minor in writing, and a Master of Arts in contemporary communications.

Event Type(s): Adult Event