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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
Mon, Jul 15 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jul 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

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

Upcoming events

Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C (77)
Join us to discover the techniques of watercolors. Attendees will also learn about the history of watercolors and famous watercolorists. All materials are supplied.
Registration is now closed

Sat, Jul 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 4:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Mon, Jul 22, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jul 22, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Practical techniques for sending out work.

Mon, Jul 22, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 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.

Tue, Jul 23, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jul 24, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Wed, Jul 24, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jul 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Homework Center (56)
Fun crafts? Quirky tech? None of the above? It's always something new and different at Teen Scene -- come check it out.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 7:20pm - 7:40pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 7:40pm - 8:00pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Thu, Jul 25, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jul 25, 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.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Fri, Jul 26, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jul 27, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Learn about the equipment and software in 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.

Mon, Jul 29, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Mon, Jul 29, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jul 29, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 29, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Join us for an introduction to the Cricut machine to create and cut personalized projects for the home, scrapbooking, and more in the library's Memory Lab.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 30, 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.

Tue, Jul 30, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

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

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

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

Tue, Jul 30, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jul 31, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Wed, Jul 31, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Aug 01, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Build kindergarten skills through basic dance movements, digital play and music. A daily snack will be provided. Please register in person at the children's desk.

Thu, Aug 01, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Thu, Aug 01, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Aug 01, 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, Aug 01, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Curious about self-publishing?

Fri, Aug 02, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-one meetings with Deanna Adams, a seasoned multi-published writer to discuss your writing needs.

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Aug 03, 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn about the equipment and software in 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.

Sun, Aug 04, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Find the right markets and submit your work.

Mon, Aug 05, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Aug 05, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Room B+C (177)
For children entering kindergarten in the fall 2019, not in a preschool or child care center.

Mon, Aug 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in 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, Aug 06, 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.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Tue, Aug 06, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Aug 06, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
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

Tue, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Join us as New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Mary Doria Russell celebrates the release of her new book, The Women of Copper Country.

Wed, Aug 07, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Aug 07, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Join us as we watch anime. We'll have a mix of classics as well as the latest shows. For Grades 7th-12th.

Wed, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
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, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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.
This event is full

Thu, Aug 08, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Thu, Aug 08, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
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

Fri, Aug 09, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Aug 09, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Aug 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 4:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Sun, Aug 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
A new poetry open mic, moderated by the City of South Euclid's first Poet Laureate, "Doc" Janning.

Tue, Aug 13, 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.

Tue, Aug 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A (97)
Looking for a new job and not sure where to start? Attend this class! Learn how to search for a job, use job search websites, the importance of networking and how to research companies of interest.

Tue, Aug 13, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Storytelling techniques and marketing strategies to engage young readers.

Wed, Aug 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A (97)
Come and discover the basics of Middle Eastern culture and cuisine. The Western Reserve School of Cooking will demonstrate traditional Middle Eastern food recipes and share samples.

Thu, Aug 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Thu, Aug 15, 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.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Get feedback on your poem. #readwritepoetry

Fri, Aug 16, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Aug 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn about the equipment and software in 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.

Sun, Aug 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Join us for an often-amusing and sometimes poignant reading, with a reception to follow.

Mon, Aug 19, 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Aug 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
The process, step by step.

Mon, Aug 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in 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.