Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Announcing the launch of Literary Cleveland

Lee Chilcote writes:

Dear friends,

At the first-ever Cleveland Inkubator on Saturday, August 1st, more than 300 people poured into the Cleveland Public Library to learn about writing. From the inspiring kickoff address with literacy champion Margaret Bernstein, to workshops and craft talks with Cleveland writers Les Roberts, Susan Grimm and Charlotte Morgan, to the keynote reading with David Giffels and Thrity Umrigar, this was an event worth savoring.

We've rarely seen so many Cleveland writers in one place, and we don't want to let that energy simply dissipate into the air! That's why a group of us are launching Literary Cleveland, a new, fledgling organization whose vision is to create a stronger community of writers and readers in the Greater Cleveland area through classes, workshops, readings and other events. Our goal is to bring you Inkubator-style programming year-round.

By starting small and being intentional about how we build our efforts, we believe Lit Cleveland can be a sustainable organization for writers and readers. Today, we're writing to share a few programs we've just finished organizing for September. Please take a moment to check out these workshops and events, sign up if you're interested, and share with others. Send feedback and suggestions to litcleveland@gmail.com.

Tuesday, 9/8, 7:30 pm
An evening with D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key
The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH 44102

D.M. Pulley's first novel, The Dead Key, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Join Lit Cleveland for a discussion with Pulley about the story behind her compelling first novel, the research she conducted to bring its details to life, and her upcoming works.

Saturday, 9/12, 10:30a-12:30p
Public poetry writing workshop
Cleve. Public Library, Lit. Dept., 325 Superior Ave., 2nd Floor, Cleve. OH 44114
For writers of all levels. Sharpen your craft and receive comments and suggestions on your work in a friendly group format. Please bring 20 copies of a poem. Led by writer and poet Lee Chilcote and guest facilitators.

Saturday, 9/19, 10:30a-12:30p
Personal essay writing workshop
Carnegie West branch, CPL, 1900 Fulton Rd. Cleve. OH 44113
For writers of all levels. Learn how to turn your memories into stories with Lee Chilcote. Workshops to offer exercises and feedback on participants' work (sent in advance after the first workshop).

Saturdays, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 (10a-12p), 10/17 (7p)
Truth, beauty and you: An ekphrastic poetry workshop
Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Rd., Cleve. Hts. OH 44118
Learn the art of ekphrastic poetry (poems that respond to art) with former Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate Kathleen Cerveny. Organized in collaboration with Heights Arts.

We'll be back in touch soon to announce more workshops and events for the fall. We hope to see you around town soon!


Lit Cleveland organizing committee

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau