Imagination Conference

Cost, Credit Options and Housing

For students who qualify, the Imagination Workshop and Conference may be taken for four semester hours of graduate or undergraduate credit. The cost of the workshop and conference without credit is $849.00. This is the same for all students, in-state or out-of-state.

Cost of Participation: Prices are being updated

  • Full (non-credit) with manuscript; workshops plus conference classes, readings, and colloquium: $849.00
  • 4 hours semester undergrad credit (in-state): $
  • 4 hours semester undergrad credit (out-of-state): $*
  • 4 semester hours grad. credit (in-state): $
  • 4 semester hours grad. credit (out-of-state): $
  • 3 semester hours NEOMFA credit: $

$150.00 Credit Surcharge: Credit-tuition purchases University credits and goes into general funds that do not support conference expenses; hence, the listed credit tuition includes an additional $150 workshop fee to support Imagination.

Credit Options

For students who qualify, Imagination may be taken for four semester hours of graduate or undergraduate credit. Admitted NEOMFA students may take Imagination for three hours of “elective” credit and should apply through the NEOMFA coordinator at their gateway universities. For information about qualifying, grant assistance, and/or course requirements, call (216) 687-3990.

For-credit applicants not enrolled at Cleveland State or in NEOMFA will have to fill out a formal student application. Visit, to print out the appropriate form or apply online.

* Non-resident undergraduate students with 30 or more hours of transfer credit may be subject to higher tuition.


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The Comfort Inn is located an easy five-minute walk from the conference site and offers a special rate of $75 a night with a reduced rate for parking. Call (216) 861-0001 before June 30 to reserve a room. Say that you will be taking part in the Imagination Conference. After the 30th we cannot guarantee availability. A number of other downtown hotels and a bed & breakfast are also located within walking distance.

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Mailing Address
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1832
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Rhodes Tower 1832
1860 E. 22nd Street
Imad Rahman
Phone: 216.687.3990
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