Last month, Literary Cleveland teamed up with Dana Norris of Story Club Cleveland for a workshop that focused on telling personal stories in compelling and entertaining ways. The month long workshop, which met Thursdays in September at Loganberry Books, allowed people to examine interesting, amusing, traumatic, harrowing, or in some other way defining moments of their lives, and craft stories out of those experiences.
The class was capped off with a staged reading of the pieces in front of a live audience. The performance, held at Forest City Brewery on Thursday, October 12, featured Theodore Pavlich, Polina Guth, Alana Meyers-Kio, Christina Morris, Mike Toro, Nick Cohen, Kristen Zajac, Laura Rocker, and Marchaé Grair telling their stories to an an audience who also enjoyed craft beers, food, and festive Halloween decorations.
Five of Cleveland’s most talented young writers presented their work to a crowd of nearly 100 people at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern on Tues. Sept. 26th. The room was filled with Lit Cleveland members and supporters, as well as family and friends of the five readers. Special shout out to the Dutton family who traveled all the way from Texas to see Alys Dutton perform at the event! Readers Raja Freeman, Sara Shearer, Alysandra Dutton, Angelo Maneage, and Angel Cezanne presented a diverse and exciting selection of poems, essays and flash fiction to a lively crowd who enjoyed good writing, hot dogs and tater dots, and of course beer. The night also included networking games and a raffle for Lit Cleveland swag.
"Let's Murder Somebody," read the PowerPoint at the front of the room during "Motive, Means, and Opportunity," a mystery writing class led by local writers Shelley Costa and Casey Daniels this month at Cleveland Public Library's Memorial Nottingham branch in North Collinwood. Over the course of three Saturday morning sessions, participants learned how to tell the difference between mystery sub-genres, how to create a compelling sleuth, and how to plot a gripping book. By the end of the course, writers left with ideas for their own mystery novels as well as the first draft of an important scene: the sleuth discovering the first body.
This mystery writing class starts up again for round two beginning Saturday, September 30 where topics will include finding an agent and writing a book pitch. If you're interested in signing up you better move fast, people are dying to get in.
Early September was a great time for readers and writers in Northeast Ohio, as the second-ever Cleveland Book Week invited the literary community to explore and discuss works by Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners as well as celebrated the city's young writing talent.
Hosted by The Cleveland Foundation, this year's Cleveland Book Week featured a series of special events, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, a free Art Book & Zine Fair, and readings from internationally recognized authors Isabel Allende, Karan Mahajan, Tyehimba Jess (see photo above), and others. Check out a portion of Tyehimba Jess' reading here.
August was an exciting time for Literary Cleveland as well. As part of our monthly Between the Lines series spotlighting local authors, we hosted celebrated writer Thrity Umrigar and novelist Sarah Willis at the east-side Happy Dog. The event featured Thrity reading from her newly published novel Everybody's Son before chatting with Sarah and the audience about her approach to writing fiction. In late August, Lit Cleveland also hosted a workshop titled Freelance Writing: Crafting the Perfect Pitch with freelance writer and journalist Annie Zaleski. We were delighted to hear that a participant submitted a successful pitch to a magazine soon after attending the class!
The past couple weeks reminded us of the breadth of talent and diversity in Cleveland's literary community. We're excited to build on this momentum by offering quality programs, highlighting talented local authors, and encouraging aspiring writers to continue developing their craft.
Lit Cleveland caps off successful Cleveland Inkubator week with day-long literary conference at Cleveland Public Library
This year's Cleveland Inkubator literary arts festival culminated in a free day-long writer's conference at Cleveland Public Library's Main Branch downtown. The conference -- which followed a week of free literary events, including author talks, performances, a book swap, and open mic -- was a great success, drawing nearly 300 readers and writers from Northeast Ohio. Participants attended an array of writing workshops and craft talks on topics ranging from flash fiction to memoir writing to zine making and beyond. The conference also featured inspiring performances by the writers of Lake Erie Ink and a Resource Fair staffed by local literary arts organizations.
Click here to watch Dan Chaon's keynote reading and conversation with D.M. Pulley
And here for performances by the talented youth of Lake Erie Ink
Click here to check out our Inkubator news roundup
All in all, this year's Inkubator drew nearly 500 people and helped further our mission of creating and nurturing a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.
Thanks again to our sponsors Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio Arts Council, OverDrive, Cleveland Colectivo, Mac's Backs Books on Coventry, and Loganberry Books for helping make this incredible week possible. And thanks to all who attended for proving again just how vibrant and diverse Northeast Ohio's literary community is.
A number of local news organizations were kind enough to cover this year's Cleveland Inkubator literary arts week. Check out links to the full articles below, and join us this week at one of many free events!
Cleveland.com: Literary Cleveland kicks off a week of events uniting local writers
Ideastream: Literary Cleveland Rallies Northeast Ohio Writing Community
freswatercleveland: Summertime workshops spark a hot mess of creativity
news5cleveland.com: Cleveland Inkubator celebrates the comeback of literary arts in our city
The News Herald: Literary Cleveland plans free festival for writers and readers
Lit Cleveland launches Gordon Square Review, online literary magazine spotlighting Northeast Ohio writers
Twenty people recently gathered at Loganberry Books on a rainy Saturday to hear Gina Messina-Dysert, a feminist scholar, Catholic theologian, author and activist who teaches at Ursuline College, discuss how to write a book proposal. Messina-Dysert talked about the need to be savvy about marketing, competition, and self-promotion in your proposal. She also leveled with the crowd about the financial realities of publishing, stating that there's very little money in it. Messina-Dysert's talk was inspiring, engaging and packed with insight.
Poets and performers Catherine Wing, Christine Howey, and Daniel Gray-Kontar took to the stage June 3rd for our "Where the Writers Are" fundraiser at The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement. The poets each read an eclectic selection of pieces alongside smooth and tasteful improvisation by the Cleveland-based Matt Segall Quartet. Check out videos from each performance on our Youtube page.
Thanks to all the poets and players for a night of colorful and quality words and sounds!
The Cleveland Composers Guild and Lit Cleveland are excited to announce a partnership during CCG's 2017-2018 season. We are calling for poetry, prose, and lyrics submissions! Requirements and more information listed below:
1. Please send electronic (pdf files ONLY) of your work which can be assembled into an on-line folder, accessible by members of the Cleveland Composers Guild. Please submit no more than three examples of your work.
2. Deadline: August 15, 2017. Send all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org AND to email@example.com
3. Include all contact information, including name, e-mail address, phone number(s), and mailing address at the bottom of each submission.
4. It is expected and hoped that some of these submissions will inspire members of the CCG to compose music, which might come in the form of art songs or narrated chamber music, or in other creative forms.
5. You may submit literature of any length, but keep in mind that musical works based on your texts will most likely be between five and six minutes in duration. Therefore you might be asked to allow composers to use only excerpts of your texts.
6. Once composers have selected works from the online folder, they will contact writers directly using the information provided.
7. It is possible for more than one composer to select text by the same writer. This has happened in the past, and the different styles and interpretations have been fascinating!
History: The Cleveland Composers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest new music organizations, and has had over 200 composer members over its nearly sixty year history. During this time, the CCG has built an enviable record of supporting new music, with recordings on the CRI, Crystal, Advent, and Capstone labels, and publication series from Ludwig and Galaxy. There are between forty and fifty professional composers in the Guild at any given time, whose works feature a wide range of classical musical styles. In recent years the Guild has collaborated with the Cleveland Ballet, the Poets and Writer’s League of Greater Cleveland, and with such renowned chamber ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, the Cavani String Quartet, the Paragon Brass Quintet, the Solaris Woodwind Quintet, and many, many distinguished soloists and chamber musicians and other local artists to create multi-disciplinary concerts that engage with the arts in diverse ways.
Download a PDF of our "call for submissions" below.
To create a strong community of readers and writers in Cleveland, Ohio through workshops, classes, readings and other events.