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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
Steve Haynie

Hours
Mon, May 10 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, May 11 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, May 12 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, May 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, May 14 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, May 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, May 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Wed, May 12, All day
Tweens and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your kit to make your own greeting card . Available while supplies last. 

Wed, May 12, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Thu, May 13, All day
Tweens and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your kit to make your own greeting card . Available while supplies last. 

Thu, May 13, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Fri, May 14, All day
Tweens and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your kit to make your own greeting card . Available while supplies last. 

Fri, May 14, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Sat, May 15, All day
Tweens and Teens in grades 4-12 can pick up your kit to make your own greeting card . Available while supplies last. 

Sat, May 15, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Sat, May 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Sat, May 15, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom.
This event is full

Sun, May 16, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Mon, May 17, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Tue, May 18, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Wed, May 19, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Wed, May 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
This orientation will be held virtually in ZOOM. Registration required.

Thu, May 20, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Fri, May 21, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Sat, May 22, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Sun, May 23, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Mon, May 24, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Tue, May 25, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Wed, May 26, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Thu, May 27, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Fri, May 28, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Sat, May 29, All day
Stop by the children's desk at the library for a free craft! Feel free to ask at the drive-thru window, or call 216-382-4880 to verify stock. While supplies lasts.

Tue, Jun 01, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Tue, Jun 01, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
This event will be held virtually on Zoom

Wed, Jun 02, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Wed, Jun 02, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 03, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Thu, Jun 03, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Thu, Jun 03, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 04, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Fri, Jun 04, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Fri, Jun 04, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 05, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Sat, Jun 05, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Sun, Jun 06, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Sun, Jun 06, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Mon, Jun 07, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Mon, Jun 07, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Mon, Jun 07, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 08, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Tue, Jun 08, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Tue, Jun 08, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 09, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Wed, Jun 09, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Wed, Jun 09, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 10, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Thu, Jun 10, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Thu, Jun 10, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 11, All day
How many steps can you use to complete one simple task? Complete our weekly Rube Goldberg Machine challenges and put your knowledge of chain reactions and household objects to the test!

Fri, Jun 11, All day
Make and create your own unique Bug Hotel and see what types of 6-legged customers move in.

Fri, Jun 11, All day
Show off your artistic skills in a fun bookmark design challenge!

Fri, Jun 11, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.