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35th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference

2018-04-28 09:00:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/New_York 35th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference for a third year, making it free of charge for writers. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Saturday, April 28
9:00am - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2018-04-28 09:00:00 2018-04-28 16:30:00 America/New_York 35th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference for a third year, making it free of charge for writers. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference for a third year, making it free of charge for writers.

*PARKING also available at Notre Dame College, directly across from the library. Uniformed personnel will be available during library hours to help pedestrians cross South Green Road.*

9:00-9:30 AM / REGISTRATION, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST, COFFEE


9:30 AM / WELCOME & CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
Deanna R. Adams, Conference Coordinator
Laurie Kincer, William N. Skirball Writers' Center 

9:40-10:20 AM / KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Literary Agent Elizabeth Kaplan in Conversation 

Literary agent Elizabeth Kaplan will be interviewed by her client and current Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence Claire McMillan about Ms. Kaplan's job as an agent, how she approaches representing authors, how she chooses new clients, her advice for writers seeking an agent, and her thoughts on trends in the publishing industry.  There will be time for audience Q&A. 

Elizabeth Kaplan has represented numerous critically acclaimed and best-selling authors throughout her 20-year career as a literary agent, including Greg Mortenson, E. Lockhart, and Michael Ruhlman. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Elizabeth moved to New York City and began her publishing career as the assistant to Jim Silberman, the founder of Summit Books. Elizabeth worked as an editor at Summit for three years before moving on to assist another publishing legend, the literary agent Sterling Lord. Before beginning her own agency in 2002, she worked as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic and the Ellen Levine Agency. Elizabeth's main areas of focus include literary fiction, young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction (especially issue-based books), history, biography, food writing and cookbooks and memoir.

Claire McMillan, the current Writer in Residence at the William N. Skirball Writers' Center, is the author of The Necklace, an intoxicating novel set in Cleveland that BookPage calls "absorbing." Her debut novel, Gilded Age, also set in Cleveland, transforms Edith Wharton's House of Mirth into a powerful modern story of one woman's struggle with independence and love. McMillan grew up in and around Pasadena, CA. She practiced complex corporate litigation in San Francisco until 2003 and then received an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She lives on a family farm near Cleveland with her husband and their two children.

Note: Sessions with an asterisk (*) include a writing exercise.

10:30-11:30 AM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:

1. The Seven Universal Plots / Claire McMillan. CCPL’s Writer in Residence and Simon & Schuster author, Claire McMillan, will teach you how to deepen character by thinking about the seven universal plots.   

2.  Taboo Writing / Laura Walter. Learn how to respectfully approach controversial subject matter in your writing and how to face common challenges and pitfalls.

3. *Powerful Words for Powerful Nonfiction Prose / Sunny Morton. Powerful prose is lean and muscular. Learn to adjust your writing for a strong technical manual, slim precise ad copy, or toned-and-smooth consumer prose.

11:30-11:45 AM / BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS. Individual editing sessions with editors Judy Allen and Laura Walter.

11:45 AM-12:45 PM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:

1. What's the Real Story and How to Get It / Mike Olszewski. With this veteran writer’s help, explore different research methods and learn how to get the real story you need for that nonfiction article or book.

2.  *The All-Important Query Letter / Deanna R. Adams. Writing a good query letter is an art, and one you’ll need to perfect if sending your work to an agent or traditional publisher.

3. *Writing the Personal Essay / Jacqueline Marino. Develop your story senses, from inspiration to completed personal essay.

12:45-1:45 PM / LUNCH BREAK PLUS BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS
Brown bag or go out. Restaurant map available at registration table.

1:30-1:45 PM / PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS. Individual editing sessions with editors Judy Allen and Laura Walter.

1:45-2:45 PM / FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE. Panelists Elizabeth Kaplan, Claire McMillan and Renee Rosen. Submit the first page of your work in progress (prose only, fiction or nonfiction) at check-in on conference morning. Submissions must be double-spaced, Times New Roman-12, with Title/Genre. Do not include your name. Each panelist will raise a hand at the point where they would stop reading and will comment on what stopped them. Pages will be randomly selected.

2:45-3:00 PM / BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS. Individual editing sessions with editors Judy Allen and Laura Walter.  

3:00-4:00 PM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS, choose one:

1. *Revise & Edit Like a Pro / Renee Rosen. Explore the importance of editing and revision, how to effectively polish your work and get it in shape for submitting to agents and editors.

2. The Benefits of Blogging / Jill Grunenwald. Learn how blogging can help you engage with your readers, plus the best ways to create valuable and memorable content.

3. 15 Tips for Writing a Play / Kelly Boyer Sagert. Kelly will share step-by-step how to write a script.

4:00-4:15 PM / PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS. Individual editing sessions with editors Judy Allen and Laura Walter.

4:00-4:30 PM / DOOR PRIZES, BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS

TAGS: | Writing |

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

seumgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Brijin Boddy

Hours
We're closed Sunday May 27
We're closed Monday May 28
Mon, May 21 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, May 22 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, May 23 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, May 24 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, May 25 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, May 26 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, May 27 Closed
(Closed for Memorial Day weekend. Regular hours resume Tuesday, May 29, 2018.)

About the branch

Passport processing and photo services are available at this location 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.

Upcoming events

Storytime Room (125)
Sat, May 26, 10:00am - 11:30am
Celebrate the family members in your life with an all-ages craft, snacks, and the opportunity to create a keepsake digital recording all about your special someone. Registration is required.

Canceled
Mon, May 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of coloring for relaxation and enjoyment Bring your friends, your coloring books and supplies, and your imagination.

Meeting Room B+C (177)
Tue, May 29, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Wed, May 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 6:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Wed, May 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an introduction to our video converting equipment available in the Memory Lab. We will cover how to update your VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, and Super 8 film to DVD or digital files.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fri, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon this summer to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jun 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Storytime Room (125)
Sat, Jun 02, 10:00am - 10:45am
Join the Music Settlement as we rock out with various instruments.

Mon, Jun 04, 9:00am - 3:00pm
A Veterans Service Commission representative will be available for assistance.

Storytime Room (125)
Mon, Jun 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jun 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Homework Center (56)
Mon, Jun 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of coloring for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring your friends, your coloring books and supplies, and your imagination.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Mon, Jun 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
An introduction to the popular world of self-publishing.

Meeting Room B+C (177)
Mon, Jun 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
P.A.L.S. for Healing will lead a series of art therapy workshops to help deal with grief and loss. All ages are welcome to participate in this journey towards healing. No art skills necessary.

Tue, Jun 05, 9:00am - 3:00pm
A Veterans Service Commission representative will be available for assistance.

Tue, Jun 05, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an introduction to our imaging equipment available in the Memory Lab. We will cover how to use the document scanner, as well as the slide and photo scanner.

Wed, Jun 06, 9:00am - 3:00pm
A Veterans Service Commission representative will be available for assistance.

Storytime Room (125)
Wed, Jun 06, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
If you love cartoons, come get an introduction to concepts of traditional animation as we learn to draw and make flip-books! Ages 8-11.

Thu, Jun 07, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 07, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 3:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 07, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Thu, Jun 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Curious about self-publishing?

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fri, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon this summer to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Sat, Jun 09, All day
For mystery writers, aspiring mystery writers, and fiction writers in general.

Storytime Room (125)
Sat, Jun 09, 10:00am - 10:45am
Join the Music Settlement as we rock out with various instruments.

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Sun, Jun 10, All day
For mystery writers, aspiring mystery writers, and fiction writers in general.

Storytime Room (125)
Mon, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jun 11, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Mon, Jun 11, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
For children entering kindergarten in the fall 2018, not in a preschool or child care center.

Homework Center (56)
Mon, Jun 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of coloring for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring your friends, your coloring books and supplies, and your imagination.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Mon, Jun 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
An introduction to the popular world of self-publishing.

Tue, Jun 12, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 12, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Homework Center (56)
Tue, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
It's not too late to sign up for Summer Reading! Come decorate an eco-friendly bag and learn about this year's theme. For grades 7-12.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Tue, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers with a year or more of previous workshop experience will continue to hone and polish their fiction through in-class critique and by studying examples of professional writing.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jun 13, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Homework Center (56)
Wed, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Meet fellow anime fans as we explore a mix of the classics and the latest shows. We'll also have art supplies available if you'd like to show off your skills! For grades 7-12.

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Wed, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us at the library for live animals and fun as we welcome the one and only Jungle Terry!

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Wed, Jun 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers with at least one workshop experience who understand how workshops proceed will bring in previously written stories or chapters from novels that have gone through at least one draft.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jun 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 7:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card

Thu, Jun 14, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 14, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 14, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Thu, Jun 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fiction writers new to the workshop experience will learn how to give and receive comments on your and others' writing in a group setting.
Registration is now closed

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 14, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Thu, Jun 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Kevin Powers is the award-winning author of A Shout in the Ruins and one of the most celebrated novels of the past decade, The Yellow Birds.

Fri, Jun 15, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fri, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon this summer to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Sat, Jun 16, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Finding and shaping your life story

Storytime Room (125)
Sat, Jun 16, 10:00am - 10:45am
Join the Music Settlement as we rock out with various instruments.

Sat, Jun 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 18, 9:00am - 5:30pm
New date Monday, June 18, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.

Storytime Room (125)
Mon, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jun 18, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Mon, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.
This event is full

Homework Center (56)
Mon, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of coloring for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring your friends, your coloring books and supplies, and your imagination.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Mon, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
An introduction to the popular world of self-publishing.

Mon, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Attend an orientation to become a user of the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Tue, Jun 19, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Storytime Room (125)
Tue, Jun 19, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 19, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Tue, Jun 19, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 20, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Wed, Jun 20, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.
This event is full

Storytime Room (125)
Wed, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Be like Peppa! Be like PJ MASKS! Be like Moana! Be A Star! Create a character through use of basic motivations, environment and spatial awareness.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Wed, Jun 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Who should be telling this story and why? An analysis of point of view.

Thu, Jun 21, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 21, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Thu, Jun 21, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.
This event is full

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Thu, Jun 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Get feedback on your poem.

Storytime Room (125)
Thu, Jun 21, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Thu, Jun 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Northeast Ohio author Miranda Liasson will share her latest contemporary romance, Then There Was You.

Tech Classroom (48)
Fri, Jun 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Introduction to Pressbooks Public.

Fri, Jun 22, 11:15am - 12:15pm
Part 2 is a Work Session in the Tech Lab. Prerequisite: Part 1.

Fri, Jun 22, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Fri, Jun 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Focus on life skills, social skills, identifying risky behavior, career exploration, financial literacy, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and team-building activities. Ages 9-11.
This event is full

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fri, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon this summer to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Fri, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-one meetings with Deanna Adams, a seasoned multi-published writer to discuss your writing needs.

Sat, Jun 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 10:45 AM. Make sure to bring your library card

Storytime Room (125)
Sat, Jun 23, 10:00am - 10:45am
Join the Music Settlement as we rock out with various instruments.

Meeting Room 162 (20)
Sat, Jun 23, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Find a wonderful selection of bargains at our book sale. All types of materials for all age groups will be available. Proceeds help support library programming.

Storytime Room (125)
Mon, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tech Classroom (48)
Mon, Jun 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Registration opens 30 days prior to the class date.

Mon, Jun 25, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Are you 18 or younger? Looking for a place to have lunch this summer? Come to the library where we will be serving brown bag lunches provided by the Cleveland Food bank. While supplies last.

Tech Classroom (48)
Mon, Jun 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Registration opens 30 days prior to the class date.

Homework Center (56)
Mon, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we explore the art of coloring for relaxation and enjoyment. Bring your friends, your coloring books and supplies, and your imagination.