Many folks write anticipating joy, but instead encounter doubt, fear, or defeat. 2020 was an especially difficult year to cultivate space for creating what we love. With a new year comes new possibility. In this session, we will invigorate writing habits, pursue happiness, and open our eyes to the ways writing can change us… and the world.
Writing for Happiness. Saturday, January 23, 1 to 2 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Please register hereby January 18.
Let’s celebrate Black children’s book authors and artists! Bring any book written and/or illustrated by a Black author. We will meet on Zoom Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Don’t have a book? No worries. Join us. Register for the Zoom room here.
New Book News! We celebrate these writers and the publication of their new books Sunday, December 13 at 3 PM EST – 4 PM EST. Join us on Lit Youngstown’s YouTube channel for a live reading and conversation.
New Book News! We celebrate B. Elizabeth Beck, Dion O’Reilly & Nancy B. Richardson and their new books, published during lock-down. Join us on YouTube for a live reading and conversation Sunday, November 15 at 7:00 PM EST.
New Book News! We celebrate Jan Beatty, Patricia Clark and Yvonne Zipter and their new books, published during lock-down. Join us on the Lit Youngstown YouTube channel for a live reading and conversation Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 PM EST.
Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live for a First Wednesday Series reading by Craig Paulenich & James Winter. Wednesday November 4 at 7:00 PM EST. Co-hosted by Cassandra Lawton. Special invitation to students, graduates & faculty of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. Open mic to follow. Register here to attend on Zoom.
“In an essay on race and memory, Toni Morrison wrote of ‘the stress of remembering, its inevitability, [but] the chances for liberation that lie within the process.’ Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new novel, The Water Dancer, is an experiment in taking Morrison’s ‘chances for liberation’ literally: What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom?” by Annalisa Quinn of NPR.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here for the 2020 book discussions on the second Wednesday.
4th Annual Fall Literary Festival
September 24-26, 2020, EST
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
Our hardworking planning committee began planning this conference in February. It seemed so far away, and then screeeee!–what a tailspin–but here we are, meeting on Zoom, and it’s really coming together. Just a few more weeks to register.
This year’s theme is In Many Tongues: Constituents of the Barbaric Yawp.
This year’s conference will be centered around writing and publishing, literary inclusion, translating and translation, dialect and dialog, atypical modes of speech, and the generational, political, ecological, and experimental elements that add to the wider literary conversation.
The conference will include creative readings, craft talks, workshops and panel discussions on writing, reading, teaching, performing, editing and publishing creative works. Highly acclaimed visiting faculty will share their experience and insights, and over 50 presenters from Ohio and beyond will speak on a variety of topics.
We missed everyone during our usual summer break. Let’s get the convo re-started with Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man, Wednesday September 9 from 6:00-7:00. September through December we’ll meet 2nd Wednesdays on Zoom (until it’s safe to return to Cultivate Cafe). This registration link will give you access to the remaining 2020 discussions. In January we’ll switch to 2nd Thursdays, with a new registration link.