Cleveland State University is a large metropolitan university in a complex, multi-ethnic, multicultural city with a thriving, sometimes raucous literary community. We overlook a busy harbor, the Indians’ state-of-the-art ballpark, and a dramatic downtown skyline, but this is no ivory tower. The student spectrum ranges from multiple earrings to pinstripes to blue and pink collars. Writers come here with a shirtsleeve workshop outlook and the traffic in ideas is eclectic and blunt. July in Cleveland may be Midwestern hot, but our conference home is air-conditioned and the energy, company and challenges afforded by Imagination are galvanizing for ambitious writers.
Creative Writing at Cleveland State is now part of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts consortium (NEOMFA), a unique new writing program spanning four universities: Cleveland State, Kent State, Youngstown State and the University of Akron. The NEOMFA offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting and literary translation. This is Ohio’s newest and most genre-diverse graduate program in Creative Writing. For information on requirements, faculty, courses or how to apply, visit us at www.ysu.edu/neomfa
The annual Imagination Workshop and Conference is made possible through the support of Cleveland State University’s English Department, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Center for Arts and Innovation as well as through the generosity of individual donors.