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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
Steven Haynie

Hours
Mon, Feb 22 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Feb 23 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Feb 24 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Feb 25 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Feb 26 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Feb 27 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Feb 28 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Mon, Mar 01, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Mon, Mar 01, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Mon, Mar 01, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Tue, Mar 02, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Tue, Mar 02, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Tue, Mar 02, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Wed, Mar 03, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Wed, Mar 03, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Wed, Mar 03, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Thu, Mar 04, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Thu, Mar 04, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Thu, Mar 04, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Fri, Mar 05, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 05, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Fri, Mar 05, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Fri, Mar 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.
This event is full

Sat, Mar 06, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sat, Mar 06, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Sat, Mar 06, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Sat, Mar 06, 10:00am - 11:00am
This orientation will be held virtually in ZOOM. Registration required.

Sat, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Sun, Mar 07, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sun, Mar 07, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Sun, Mar 07, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Mon, Mar 08, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Mon, Mar 08, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Mon, Mar 08, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Tue, Mar 09, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Tue, Mar 09, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Tue, Mar 09, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Wed, Mar 10, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Wed, Mar 10, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Wed, Mar 10, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Thu, Mar 11, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Thu, Mar 11, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Thu, Mar 11, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Fri, Mar 12, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 12, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Fri, Mar 12, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Fri, Mar 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.
This event is full

Sat, Mar 13, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sat, Mar 13, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Sat, Mar 13, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Sat, Mar 13, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Sun, Mar 14, 12:00am - 12:59am
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sun, Mar 14, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Sun, Mar 14, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Mon, Mar 15, All day
Tween and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your Take & Make Among Us papercraft kit . Available while supplies last, colors will vary. 

Mon, Mar 15, All day
Take & Make Retro Yarn Rainbow Craft kits can be picked up at the information desk or the drive-up window. Available while supplies last. Please contact branch to confirm availability.

Tue, Mar 16, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Wed, Mar 17, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Wed, Mar 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
This orientation will be held virtually in ZOOM. Registration required.

Thu, Mar 18, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 19, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.
This event is full

Sat, Mar 20, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sat, Mar 20, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Sun, Mar 21, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Mon, Mar 22, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Tue, Mar 23, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Tue, Mar 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Tue, Mar 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Wed, Mar 24, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Thu, Mar 25, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 26, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Fri, Mar 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.
This event is full

Sat, Mar 27, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Sun, Mar 28, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!

Mon, Mar 29, All day
Pick up a puzzle piece at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch Library, decorate it, and bring it back to be assembled in a community puzzle art display highlighting the love and creativity of our community!