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Fiction Writer's Toolbox

2022-10-04 19:00:00 2022-10-04 20:30:00 America/New_York Fiction Writer's Toolbox Learn the basics of writing fiction. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

Tuesday, October 04
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-04 19:00:00 2022-10-04 20:30:00 America/New_York Fiction Writer's Toolbox Learn the basics of writing fiction. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch - Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)

Learn the basics of writing fiction.

In these six classes, we will explore structures and skills that support and enhance the fiction writer’s art. We will consider concepts and craft-based techniques for advancing writing.

Each week is an individual craft talk followed by a question and answer period, so register for as many weeks as you wish, per your interest. 

September 27 / Beginnings. This class will consider beginnings of all kinds, including getting started, how to summon ideas, considerations for structuring work and work time, openings, and first lines.

October 4 / Character. This class will examine the crucial component of character, including how to make people breathe on the page, writing who you know, and CPR for flat characters.

October 11 / Plot. This class will examine plot, the driver of the story, including how to plot, story arcs, chunking into scenes, the catalyst of conflict, and the heroine’s journey.

October 18 / Setting. This class will look at place and description, including how to use a house, creating a believable world, enhancing a sense of place, and regional writing.

October 25 / Dialogue. This class will consider components of dialogue, including how not to have a conversation, the purpose of small talk, and killing your filler.

November 1 / Finishing. This class will discuss the important skill of finishing what you start, including how to write a killer ending, revisions, workshopping and feedback, editing, and getting published.

Claire McMillan is the author of the novels The Necklace and Gilded Age, both from Simon and Schuster. She practiced corporate law in San Francisco before earning an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She served as Cuyahoga County Public Library's Writer in Residence in 2017-2018.

TAGS: | Writing |

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

seumgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Steve Haynie

Hours
Mon, Dec 05 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 06 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 07 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 08 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 09 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Dec 10 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Dec 11 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Tue, Dec 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Tue, Dec 06, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Wed, Dec 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Wed, Dec 07, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Thu, Dec 08, 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Thu, Dec 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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Thu, Dec 08, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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Thu, Dec 08, 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Thu, Dec 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
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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.

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Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 11:15am
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Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Writer’s Center Conference Room (65)
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Sat, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (40)
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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.
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Tue, Dec 13, 10:45am - 11:45am
Meeting Room B+C (75)
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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
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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)
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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.

Fri, Dec 30, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (120)
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Fri, Dec 30, 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 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.

Mon, Jan 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.

Mon, Jan 02, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, Jan 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Tue, Jan 03, 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, Jan 03, 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, Jan 04, 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, Jan 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (40)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jan 05, 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, Jan 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.

Thu, Jan 05, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Teen Area
Learn how make t-shirt yarn and braid it into a pot holder, placemat, or even a rug!