This event will focus on using place-based writing to tell the story of where you live. What is challenging about living in your neighborhood? What gives you hope? What have you learned that others might not know about where you live? What do you want to brag about? Each presenter will provide their perspective, examples, prompts, and writing advice. The session will include a prompt and time to write. Led by Justin Glanville and DL Ware.
Also part of Cleveland Stories, a place-based writing program taking place in Mount Pleasant and surrounding neighborhoods on Cleveland's east side.
About the presenters:
Justin Glanville tells real stories of people and the ways they interact with - and find meaning in - the places they live and work. To do that, he uses the tools of journalism, narrative storytelling, and urban planning. His company, Sidewalk, is a revolving collaborative of writers, producers, designers, artists and urban planners that often works with nonprofits or foundations who want to better understand the needs and hopes of the people they serve. Glanville also freelances for various publications, created a fictional podcast about a supernaturally-infested town in Minnesota, and wrote and self-published a guide to Cleveland and its neighborhoods and a book with practical writing tips for students and professionals.
D.L. Ware has organized as well as hosted various public performances and open mics and facilitated creative writing workshops for all ages. A zine-maker and poetic video blogger, Ware loves to share his talent for writing with the community, through self-publishing and public / web-based performances. In 2016, D.L. Ware’ partnered with LAND Studio and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District in publishing his poetry as public art installations in the Buckeye Neighborhood (Love Lunes over Buckeye & The Buckeye Road Green Infrastructure project). Ware holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University and a Bachelors Degree in African American Studies from Eastern Michigan University. He is a husband and father of three and writes daily.