Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UPDATED! Cleveland INKubator: a free writing un-conference in August

Mark your calendars-- the Cleveland Inkubator Writers’ Conference --sorry, I mean "Literary UN-conference"--will take place Saturday, August 1, at the downtown branch of the Cleveland Public Library. This conference is free and open to the public, and will feature workshops, craft talks, and readings. A Resource Fair will also showcase information from area literary organizations, publishers, and bookstores.
This will be a great opportunity to network with other writers and create some energy around the Cleveland literary scene.
Visit the website to register for the workshops of your choice. Although the event is free, workshop sizes are limited so early registration is recommended!

A literary UNconference 

"The idea is the brainchild of Lee Chilcote, a freelance journalist, poet and teacher, and Amy Rosenbluth, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Lake Erie Ink. There is a need for community-based programming for both teen and adult writers in Cleveland. Northeast Ohio has a wonderful literary scene and many talented writers live here, yet we need to foster more collaboration and connections between all of us. The goal of the Inkubator is to provide writing programs that celebrate our rich literary culture while nurturing the next generation of talent. Thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Public Library, which has jumped on board and agreed to donate space and support the event, the Gund Foundation and other supporters, the Cleveland Inkubator is now a reality. "


Building community one draft at a time

Dear friends,

Since we launched registration for the Cleveland Inkubator, Cleveland's first-ever free UNconference for writers on Saturday, August 1st, over 50 people have signed up to attend.

That means a lot to those of us organizing it. The response we've gotten validates what we believe: Cleveland needs an accessible, community-based forum to celebrate writing, build community, and help writers advance their craft.

Today we're going to give you three more reasons to sign up for the Inkubator and share this event with your networks. Our goal is to get at least 100-200 people (youth 14-18 and adults!) at the event -- help us make that happen!

The reasons are, of course, the fabulous presenters and workshop leaders we have lined up, in addition to our keynote readers David Giffels and Thrity Umrigar:

1. Award-winning poet Susan Grimm

Susan Grimm is leading a workshop entitled "Thinginess: Attending to the World Through Poetry." The description reads, "Start with this object, this patch of grass, this sunny room--how speaking of it becomes speaking of us. In this workshop we will focus our attentions on the things of this world, festooning our poems with the gladness and sorrow of physical presence."

Susan's poems have appeared in Blackbird, Poetry East, The Journal, and other publications. Her book of poems, Lake Erie Blue, was published by BkMk Press. She also edited Ordering the Storm: How to Put Together a Book of Poems. She won the inaugural Copper Nickel Poetry Prize and the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize. In 2014 she received her second Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.

2. Freelance writer Christopher Johnston

Chris is giving a craft talk called "Live the Write Life: How You can Make a Living as a Freelancer." This one's going to be popular, we think! Here's how it's billed: "A freelance journalist since 1987, Christopher Johnston will help you explore different ways you can earn a living as a full-time freelance writer, whether you choose to specialize or be a generalist. You’ll learn how to pitch your ideas, pursue a book project, and build your platform. You’ll leave with ample ideas to launch your writing life!"

Chris has published 3,000+ articles in regional and national publications and had more than a dozen of his plays produced. Currently, he is adapting an Irish story for Talespinner Children’s Theater and writing a book about the 50 years of post-Vietnam War resiliency of the survivors of Bravo Company, First Battalion, Ninth Marines who served at Khe Sanh and suffered the highest loss rate in Marine history. 

3. Memoir writer Charlotte Morgan

Charlotte writes: "In this workshop, we will learn how to take memories, turn them into narratives and discover something about ourselves."

Charlotte Morgan knew she wanted to be a writer by age five and began filling composition notebooks with science fiction stories. Fascinated by nonfiction and literary journalism, she became a reporter and then a music journalist. Her writing has been published locally, regionally and nationally. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). Presently, she teaches First Year Writing at Cleveland State University. She is completing Judgement in Goshen: A Taxonomy of Ordinary Murder, a crime memoir.

Want more information? Visit the Inkubator website for the full lineup.

We look forward to seeing you at the Cleveland Inkubator on Saturday, August 1st!

Yours Sincerely,

The INKubator team
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