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Discovering and Building on Your Natural Poetic Temperament

2024-07-23 18:30:00 2024-07-23 20:30:00 America/New_York Discovering and Building on Your Natural Poetic Temperament What's your natural poetic temperament: Story, Structure, Music, or Imagination? Understand yours and learn which ones to strengthen. All poets and prose writers welcome. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writers Center Conference Room (65)

Tuesday, July 23
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-23 18:30:00 2024-07-23 20:30:00 America/New_York Discovering and Building on Your Natural Poetic Temperament What's your natural poetic temperament: Story, Structure, Music, or Imagination? Understand yours and learn which ones to strengthen. All poets and prose writers welcome. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writers Center Conference Room (65)

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Writers Center Conference Room (65)

What's your natural poetic temperament: Story, Structure, Music, or Imagination? Understand yours and learn which ones to strengthen. All poets and prose writers welcome.

Gregory Orr says we are each born with a natural talent for writing poetry in one of four temperaments: Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination. In this three-session workshop we will examine which temperaments come most naturally to you and play with techniques to deepen, vary, and broaden your instinctive style. Sessions 1 & 2 will explore each of the temperaments with examples to discuss and offer generative writing prompts for experimentation. The final session will include ways to refine and revise poems you’ve created.

Open to all poets who want to explore new approaches to developing their natural skills and prose writers who wish to apply these temperaments to their work or give writing poetry a try.

Session 1, July 23. Following a craft talk introducing Orr’s framework for the four natural temperaments, we will examine and discuss examples in work by various writers and then focus on how to examine the Story and Music Temperaments in our own writing. You will leave with generative prompts to develop and deepen your skills in these two temperaments.

Session 2, August 6. This session will focus on understanding and developing the Structure and Imagination temperaments using example pieces to guide our conversation. We will experiment with fun writing exercises which allows everyone to play with these two temperaments, with choices designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers. The session will close with more generative ideas to try at home related to Structure and Imagination.

Session 3, August 20. In our last session we will reflect and share how Orr’s framework has been useful to us and then a craft talk will offer a dozen fresh and fun ideas to refine and revise work in process with time provided to try out one or two of these ideas during our session.

Marion Starling Boyer is a professor emerita of Communication and has published three full-length poetry collections and three chapbooks. Her book, Ice Hours (2023), won Michigan State’s Wheelbarrow Prize and was named “New and Noteworthy” by Poets & Writers. She has won Grayson Books Chapbook competition twice, in 2023 for What Word for This and in 2014 for Composing the Rain. Boyer lives in Twinsburg, Ohio, and leads workshops for Lit Cleveland and to support Friends of the Roethke Foundation. 

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South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

[email protected]
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Steve Haynie

Hours
We're closed Monday May 27 due to Library CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day
Mon, May 27 Closed
(Library CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day)
Tue, May 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, May 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, May 30 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, May 31 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jun 01 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jun 02 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch is home to the William N. Skirball Writers' Center, a welcoming space for writers for all ages and levels of experience. The Writers' Center offers free access to private writing rooms, laptops, writing workshops and a special collection of materials on the art of writing.

This branch is a Student Success Center and a Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kids Cafe location.

Upcoming events

Thu, May 30, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Fri, May 31, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
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).

Fri, May 31, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, May 31, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Storytime Room (40)
Stop by after school for fun activities, games, or art projects

Sat, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grab a book from our shelves or bring one from home and treat yourself to an hour of reading in the company of other writer-readers.

Mon, Jun 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 03, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 03, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 03, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, Jun 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 04, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us as we kickoff our Summer Fun with Toyrific Giveaways in partnership with the Goods Bank and Toys for Tots. Come learn about the resources available at the library and in your community.

Tue, Jun 04, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
Calling all men and their loved ones! It's time to take charge of your health and well-being for a brighter tomorrow.

Wed, Jun 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
Learn about Ohio's insects with a Cleveland Metroparks North Chagrin Reservation naturalist.

Wed, Jun 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 05, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Call the Writers' Center up to one month before the office hours date to book an appointment.

Wed, Jun 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's Department
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Wed, Jun 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
Develop the practice of listening to your writing voice.

Thu, Jun 06, 10:00am - 10:30am
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 06, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Join us and experiment with different techniques for crafting handmade jewelry.

Thu, Jun 06, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
Curious about self-publishing?

Fri, Jun 07, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 07, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Tech Classroom (16)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.
This event is full

Fri, Jun 07, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A+B (90)
Author Richard Koloda will talk about his book, "Holy Ghost". Learn about this influential musician and how he helped shape the world of jazz.

Mon, Jun 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 10, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 10, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Children's Department
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A (45)
Meet the Friends of the Euclid Creek, learn about the creek, and do some nature inspired activities with their water table.

Tue, Jun 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 11, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Meeting Room A+B (90)
Learn the basics of performing stand-up comedy and test your jokes in front of an audience.

Wed, Jun 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A (45)
Learn about the equipment and software in Innovation Centers and Memory Lab in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system.

Wed, Jun 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's Department
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
Tell a true, 8-minute (or under) story and listen to others' at this first ever free pop-up version of Story Club.

Wed, Jun 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A (45)
Learn about the equipment and software in Innovation Centers and Memory Lab in the Cuyahoga County Public Library system.

Thu, Jun 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
One-on-one help in the Mandel Memory Lab

Thu, Jun 13, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Storytime Room (40)
Join us and experiment with different textile techniques.

Thu, Jun 13, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 13, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Storytime Room
In this origami workshop, participants will engage in the physics of flight as they create a dart-nosed paper airplane.

Fri, Jun 14, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B+C (75)
Kindergarten Club is for children entering kindergarten this fall who did not attend preschool, Head Start or a childcare center.
This event is full

Fri, Jun 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 14, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Mon, Jun 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
Six-month fiction writing workshop focused on creating and completing a new short story or the beginning of a novel.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Learn how to do a few line-dancing moves with Ms. Brenda!

Tue, Jun 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 18, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's Department
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Join us and experiment with different techniques for crafting handmade jewelry.

Thu, Jun 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
Bring 15 copies of your one-page poem for feedback.

Fri, Jun 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 21, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writers Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Sat, Jun 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Homework Center (56)
Learn about the equipment and software in the Audio and Video Recording Studios throughout Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Sat, Jun 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meeting Room B+C (75)
Join us to learn how to make a nutritious snack.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 24, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Canceled
Tue, Jun 25, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute free, fresh produce to those in need.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute free, fresh produce to those in need.

Tue, Jun 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us and learn how to ensure your medical care is what you want.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's Department
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Come play at the library! In addition to our regular play area, FamilySpace will feature additional toys and staff dedicated to connecting you to services you need. Join the fun!

Thu, Jun 27, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Join us and experiment with different textile techniques.

Thu, Jun 27, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Children's Department
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 27, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Meeting Room B+C (75)
Learn about how you can reduce food waste with the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District!

Fri, Jun 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Children's Department
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Sat, Jun 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B+C (75)
Learn to make simple salsas.