Upcoming Workshops


NaNoWriMo Workshop Series​

Join us for our NaNoWriMo workshop series facilitated by R.W. Franklin and Cassandra Lawton. 

During this event we'll be featuring four free events including:

How-To NaNoWriMo discussion

In this free workshop event, we will discuss tips for success for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Facilitators R.W. Franklin and Cassandra Lawton will guide the conversation and all participants will walk away with a plan for tacking NaNoWriMo in November.

Write In #1

Join us for a write in to celebrate the kick off of NaNoWriMo! Come for part of the event or all of it, the event is completely flexible. We'll provide refreshments, writing games, and prizes!

Write In #2

Join us for a write in during NaNoWriMo! Come for part of the event or all of it, the event is completely flexible. We'll provide refreshments, writing games, and prizes!

Write in #3

Join us for a write to celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo! Come for part of the event or all of it, the event is completely flexible. We'll provide refreshments, writing games, and prizes! This day we'll be talking about progress made and how to continue the habit of writing.

A huge thanks to Davis Family YMCA Writing Club and the Public Library for helping make this event possible.

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Teen Writers Workshop with James Winter

The free, online Teen Writers Workshops with James Winter will meet on Zoom from 7-8:30 the first Thursday from January to April. Register once, attend any number.

Bring your questions about dialog, character development, setting, plot, etc. All experience levels welcome. Teens only, please. Register here.

Meet the teaching artist: James Winter is an Associate Professor of English at Kent State University. His work has won the CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, a Pushcart Special Mention, an Honorable Mention for the J.F. Powers Prize, and was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. He has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and published in One Story, Salamander, PANK Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Dappled Things, among others.

2023 Writing Intensives: Writing From Memory

Lit Youngstown is offering a monthly, all day  workshop from January to September, on writing true stories. Teens and adults, all experience levels are welcome. The workshops will be led by Lit Youngstown staff. Each participant will end the workshop with a printed book of stories. The cost for the course is $100 (let us know if you would like to take the class but the cost is prohibitive). Please register here by December 15.

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Saturdays, 10am to 4:00pm
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2



Q: Will the workshops be online or in-person?

A: The workshops will be in-person unless the weather is treacherous.


Q: I am unable to attend all of the sessions. Can I still register? Is it ok to only pay for the sessions I will attend?

A: Your registration fee is for the seat. We hope you will attend as many sessions as possible, but we will need your whole registration fee to run the program.


Q: Why so expensive? Most of Lit Youngstown’s programming is free or very affordable.

A: This program will be more expensive to run than a short workshop. We will offer you a payment plan option if that would be helpful. This registration fee is high for Lit Youngstown, but still very low for a typical workshop of this length and quality.


Q: What is the commitment outside the workshop?

A: The commitment is to write one new story per month.


Q: Is this workshop tailored for writers of a certain experience level?

A: No. We are looking for participants of any experience level who will approach this workshop with commitment. We believe we are developing a forum that will allow everyone to receive high quality feedback on their work.


Q: Will you offer this workshop next year?

 Each year, we’ll rotate genres and return to creative nonfiction in a few years.

Love is a Verb: Depicting Romance in Fiction

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What is love? Irrelevant. How do we get our character’s love to seem genuine and avoid feeling forced? This is paramount. This workshop will focus on the way that readers have learned to look for signs of romance, and how to capitalize on romance and audience expectations in fictional settings.

Saturdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and February 4th, 10:00am to noon on Zoom. Course fee $25 (hardship sponsorships are available). Please click here to register by December 15.

Meet the teaching artist: N.P. Stokes holds a B.A. in English from YSU and he is founding editor of Volney Road Review. His works of realism focus on  issues faced by the working poor living in America’s Rust Belt, while his works of fiction and poetry center around philosophical ideas and perceptions of reality. His works have been published in The Penguin Review, and he received YSU’s Robert R. Hare awards for academic and creative writing.

LGBTQ+ Workshop

This workshop is designed for LGBTQ+ writers of all levels. The goal of this workshop is to explore common themes that help us develop our community by using free writing or stream of consciousness writing as it is sometimes called, based on guided prompts. This will be a safe and affirming space and will be a no critique/no criticism workshop. However, there will be opportunities for participants to share their work with the group. The purpose of the workshop is to give participants additional tools to stash in their toolbox and to encourage and support participants no matter where they are on their writing journey. It is the goal of the workshop to help LGBTQ+ individuals to develop their writing skills and encourage them to pick up their pens to write about their unique experiences.

Tuesdays, January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and February 7th and 14th, 7:00-8:00pm. Course fee $25 (hardship sponsorships are available). Please click here to register by December 15.

Meet the teaching artist: Barbara Marie Minney, a native of West Virginia, is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, and quiet activist. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including Politico and The Buckeye Flame.  Barbara also wrote the introduction to the 2021 Akron Pride Festival Guide. Barbara’s first collection of poetry, If There’s No Heaven, was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and was selected by the Akron Beacon Journal as a Best Northeast Ohio Book in 2020. Barbara is a retired attorney and lives in Tallmadge, Ohio, with her wife of over 40 years.

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Have a class or workshop idea?

We pay $250 for a 5-6 week workshop or $100 for a half day “short.” Our participants are diverse, from emerging to experienced writers, teens to retired adults, working in a variety of genres. We seek workshops on general and specific themes, open to all genres or genre-specific.

Please submit your workshop proposal here. If your idea doesn’t fit the form, use the “Anything else we need to know” box to share your thoughts.