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The 37th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference

2022-03-26 09:00:00 2022-03-26 16:30:00 America/New_York The 37th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers Conference IN PERSON for a fifth year, making it free for writers. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

Saturday, March 26
9:00am - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-03-26 09:00:00 2022-03-26 16:30:00 America/New_York The 37th Annual Western Reserve Writers Conference The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers Conference IN PERSON for a fifth year, making it free for writers. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

The William N. Skirball Writers' Center proudly hosts the Western Reserve Writers Conference IN PERSON for a fifth year, making it free for writers.


9:00-9:30 AM / CHECK-IN; COFFEE & TEA
FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HAVING THEIR WORK READ ANONYMOUSLY IN THE FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE AT 1:45 PM: Drop off FOUR COPIES of the first page of your work-in-progress (prose only, fiction or nonfiction) at check-in. Submissions must be double-spaced, Times New Roman-12, with Title and Genre written at the top of the page. Do NOT write your name on the page. We'll randomly select First Pages and read them aloud starting at 1:45. Each panelist will raise a hand at the point where they would stop reading and then comment on what stopped them. First Page Critique writers will remain anonymous.

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 Erin Hosier: The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Literary Agents. 
Veteran agent and author Erin Hosier knows the business of trade publishing from all angles, and will enlighten and inform aspiring authors on this ever-changing industry.

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

10:30-11:30 AM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1.  The Art of Interviewing Sources for Your Nonfiction Book / Christopher Johnston. Delve into professional interviewing techniques to mine information and colorful stories that are vital to shaping compelling, content-rich books. This workshop will cover how to effectively engage subjects, avoid barriers, and build trust with interview subjects. Also, how to employ compassionate approaches to interviewing individuals who have suffered trauma.

2. What Authors Should Know about the Law: Publishing Law 101 / Jacqueline Lipton. Learn the basics of contract and copyright law as they apply to an author’s career. How and when can you use song lyrics, photographs in your work? What rights should you license to a publisher and which should you retain for yourself? And what about defamation and privacy issues when writing about real people? Find out the answers to all these and more.

3. *The HeArt of Storytelling / Deanna Adams. Whether you’re writing fiction or a memoir, your story must mean something to the reader, get them emotionally involved. Deanna Adams will guide you through the key elements of storytelling by discussing how to create memorable fictional characters, or make real-life ones come alive.

11:30-11:45 AM / BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS

Individual, prearranged editing sessions with editors, Judy Allen or Amandah T. Blackwell.

11:45 AM-12:45 PM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1. *Editing Tips: How to Polish Your Manuscript / Amandah T. Blackwell. You’ve finished your first draft--congratulations! Now it’s time for the self-editing process by reading your manuscript several times to catch formatting errors, clunky dialogue, and more. Amandah T. Blackwell will help you polish your manuscript, whether you’re sending it to professional editors or the printer for self-publishing.

2. Creating Credible Diverse Characters / Abby Vandiver. Diverse characters reflect a diverse world. Learn how to find the voices of your characters to make them authentic and believable. Step out of yourself and into the lives of those not like you to create characters that look and act like real people.

3. *Sensory Imagery in Creative Nonfiction / Ali Black. Learn the benefits of incorporating sensory imagery in creative nonfiction. This session will include examples, tips and a short writing exercise.

12:45-1:45 PM / LUNCH BREAK, BOOK SALE & AUTHOR SIGNINGS
An update: you may bring lunch and eat it in the Writers' Center. You may also picnic outdoors or in your car. Local restaurant map available at check-in table.

1:30-1:45 PM / PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS

Individual, prearranged editing sessions with editors, Judy Allen or Amandah T. Blackwell.

1:45-2:45 PM / Q & A PANEL: FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE
Panelists Erin Hosier, Abby Vandiver, Deanna Adams.

For those who dropped off copies of the first page of their work-in-progress at check-in today, we'll randomly select anonymous first pages and read them aloud. Each panelist will raise a hand at the point where they would stop reading and then comment on what stopped them. First Page Critique writers will remain anonymous.

2:45-3:00 PM / BREAK & PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS  

Individual, prearranged editing sessions with editors, Judy Allen or Amandah T. Blackwell.

3:00-4:00 PM / BREAKOUT SESSIONS

1. Inside a Publisher's Mind: Understanding Today's Book Business / Brandi Larsen. An inspiring talk for writers to understand the traditional book publishing landscape, from a publishing expert who helped create bestsellers. In this session, Brandi Larsen will discuss the different types of publishing houses, the roles at a traditional publisher, and what really happens inside an editorial meeting at a Big 5 house. She’ll answer questions about how to get your work into the process.

2. Writing & Submitting Your Short Stories / Marie Vibbert. How do you fit a compelling emotional arc in one thousand to five thousand words? This session will cover plot structure, beginnings and endings, and common pitfalls new writers make in crafting story. Learn about the different genres of short stories, the lengths to shoot for, and how follow a story from initial idea to final sale.

3. Writing the Rust Belt: Techniques for Writing about Place and Why It's So Important / David Giffels. Far too often, those of us who live in "flyover country" are ignored or misunderstood. That's why it's so important that our stories--especially in personal nonfiction--are told from within. In this session, author David Giffels will discuss the kinds of stories Ohioans can and should tell about ourselves, and explore techniques for identifying and gathering them. 

4:00-4:15 PM / PREARRANGED EDITING SESSIONS

Individual, prearranged editing sessions with editors, Judy Allen or Amandah T. Blackwell.

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

Presenters Bios

Deanna Adams is a writer, speaker, essayist, and author of eight books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is the longtime coordinator of this conference, the “Book Whisperer” for Cuyahoga County Public Library, and teaches online writing courses for the Pennwriters organization. Her book, The Writer’s GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book, instructs aspiring writers how to get their book written from beginning to end. 

Judy Allen has worked as a copywriter and freelance writer for 15 years, editing manuscripts for fiction, nonfiction, young adult, children's, and other genres. Her goal is to edit your manuscript with all of the enthusiasm and integrity it deserves. She has been an editor for this conference for many years. 

Ali Black is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize for her poem “Kinsman.” Her work has appeared in december, jubilat, LitHub, The Offing, and elsewhere. Her first book of poetry, If It Heals At All, was selected by Jaki Shelton Green for the New Voices series at Jacar Press and was named a finalist for the 2021 Ohioana Book Awards.

Amandah T. Blackwell is a creative, servant leader, content and digital marketing professional, published author, editor, and screenwriter who provides editing and content and digital marketing consulting services. Additionally, she has written several nonfiction books and screenplays. Amandah is developing children's picture books and painting Sci-Fi, tech, travel, animal, and seasonal-inspired abstract art. 

David Giffels is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. He is also the author of six nonfiction books, most recently Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America. His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a General Excellence award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was selected as the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence for 2018-2019.

Erin Hosier has more than 20 years of experience as a literary agent and has been with Dunow Carlson & Lerner since 2007. She specializes in narrative nonfiction and select literary and upmarket fiction for adults. She is the author of the memoir, Don’t Let Me Down, and co-author of Patty Schemel’s, Hit So Hard. She is the co-creator of the podcast "Tell Me About Your Father," and is a consultant for writers looking for self-publishing alternatives.

Christopher Johnston is a freelance journalist, playwright, and director. He has published 3,000+ articles in publications including American Theatre, Christian Science Monitor, and Scientific American. He teaches playwriting and creative nonfiction for Cleveland State University, Literary Cleveland, and The Writers’ Center. His book, Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice (Skyhorse) was published in 2018. 

Brandi Larsen is a writer, speaker, and coach building a more inclusive publishing landscape. Her work at Penguin Random House helped create NYT bestsellers and her journalism pieces earned Emmy nominations. Her talks about publishing, leadership, and grief inspire audiences from Zoom to Harvard. She serves as the board president for Literary Cleveland and writes books and essays. She co-wrote the book UNCULTURED, which is forthcoming from St. Martin’s.

Jacqueline Lipton, LL.B. (Hons), M.F.A., Ph.D. is a literary attorney and literary agent (and legal writing instructor) who consults and represents authors and artists. She is the author of Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers and a regular columnist on legal issues for creatives. She is the founding agent at Raven Quill Literary Agency and a frequent presenter on issues relating to the law and business of publishing.

Wall Street Journal and USA TODAY bestselling author Abby L. Vandiver made the transition from self-publishing to traditional publishing with Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies from Henery Press. Under the pen name Abby Collette, she has published with Penguin Berkley three books in her Ice Cream Parlor Mysteries series and one in her Books and Biscuits series. Abby also edited Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction from 20 Authors of Color

Marie Vibbert has sold over 70 short stories to professional publications such as Analog Science Fiction & Fact, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vice's Motherboard, Lightspeed, Escape Pod, and more.  Her works have been translated into Chinese and Vietnamese. Her debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, came out in 2021. Publishers Weekly called it “[a] rip-roaring space heist.” By day she is a computer programmer at Case Western Reserve University.

 

 

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South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

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Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
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Hours
Mon, Nov 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Nov 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Nov 30 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 01 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 02 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Dec 03 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Dec 04 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Tue, Nov 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Nov 29, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Tue, Nov 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room C (30)
Learn about the importance of clean water with a story and a science experiment!
Registration is now closed

Wed, Nov 30, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room C (30)
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Wed, Nov 30, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Nov 30, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Thu, Dec 01, 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, Dec 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
One-on-one help in the lab

Thu, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 01, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Fri, Dec 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
Free "Poem for Cleveland" writing workshops for adults 55 and above on the first Friday of the month from October through June.

Fri, Dec 02, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Check in at the Writers' Center desk to get your name on the list to meet with Abby today.

Fri, Dec 02, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, Dec 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Stop by after school for fun activities, games, or art projects!

Fri, Dec 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
Join us when WJW co-anchor and author Wayne Dawson visits to discuss his new memoir, The Seeds of Greatness are Within You.

Sat, Dec 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Attend a Spanish lesson focused on a different grammar or cultural topic each session.

Mon, Dec 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Dec 05, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Area
Learn how to use various techniques to transform ordinary paper into fun and festive gift boxes!

Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room C (30)
MYCOM youth councils are composed of young people age 10+.  The goal is to engage the youth through educational initiatives.

Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 06, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Wed, Dec 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 07, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Thu, Dec 08, 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, Dec 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 08, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Get ready to test your pop cultural knowledge!

Thu, Dec 08, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Homework Center (56)
Free homework help! We offer homework assistance, internet access, educational books and games, and PC and database access.

Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
TICKETED EVENT: $25 - $250Register

Fri, Dec 09, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, Dec 09, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 11:15am
Drop-in audio studio orientations. No registration required. First come first served. Sessions typically last 10-15 minutes. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
Session #3 in Writer in Residence Abby L. Vandiver's yearlong series on writing your novel.

Sat, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Come join us at the library for a disco themed storytime!

Mon, Dec 12, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Dec 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
Six-month fiction writing workshop focusing on novels and long fiction.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Dec 13, 10:45am - 11:45am
Meeting Room B+C (75)
Join other families for a monthly play group to engage your little one's mind and body with fun new toys and activities.

Tue, Dec 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 14, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
Six-month fiction writing workshop focused on short stories and novel chapters.

Thu, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
One-on-one help in the lab

Thu, Dec 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A (45)
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Thu, Dec 15, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room C (30)
Join us and experiment with fun DIY fabric printing techniques. Learn how to use everyday objects to create unique fabric stamps and stencils. Bring fabric from home to customize or use our textiles.

Thu, Dec 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, Dec 16, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, Dec 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Stop by after school for fun activities, games, or art projects!

Fri, Dec 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (56)
Make a winter themed gingerbread house to take home!

Sat, Dec 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Attend a Spanish lesson focused on a different grammar or cultural topic each session.

Mon, Dec 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Homework Center (56)
Make a winter themed gingerbread house to take home!

Wed, Dec 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teen Area
Join us in celebrating the start of winter and the shortest day of the year and learn to paper quill a winter scene.

Wed, Dec 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 22, 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, Dec 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Dec 23, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
This event will be held in-person in the Writers' Center meeting room.

Fri, Dec 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Dec 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 27, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute free pantry packages or fresh produce to those in need.

Tue, Dec 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 28, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 29, 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, Dec 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
One-on-one help in the lab

Thu, Dec 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.