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.
To create a strong community of readers and writers in Cleveland, Ohio through workshops, classes, readings and other events.