Scenes are dramatized moments that engage characters or speakers in action and dialogue. Scene writing is one of the essential building blocks of prose writing and can be vital to plot development. Used by both fiction and creative nonfiction writers, scenes pull readers into the work and help them to “see” the characters and the world the writer has developed. This workshop will focus on the important elements needed to write a strong scene and will provide some tips on how to make scenes in your own writing stand out. Come ready to write a scene or two!
Elements of Scene. Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 to 7:30 PM EST, on Zoom. Course fee is $15 (scholarships are available). Register by January 2.
Meet the Teaching Artist: Meredith Doench is the author of the Luce Hansen thriller series from Bold Strokes Books. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in literary journals such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Gertrude. Her nonfiction essay “South Carolina, 2012” was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize by The Tahoma Literary Review. She served as a fiction editor at Camera Obscura: Journal of Literature and Photography and is a senior lecturer of writing at the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Join us for a First Wednesday Series reading by poets Ted Lardner & Kathleen Strafford on Zoom and Facebook Live, Wednesday, August 5 from 7:00-9:00. Open mic to follow (readers: please register for Zoom).
Here is the link to register for Zoom. The Zoom room opens at 6:30. Is this your first Zoom call? Click here to watch a brief tutorial. To watch on Facebook Live, tune in to our Facebook page and it will begin automatically.
Each summer, we raffle a large piece of art and split the purse with the artist. Thanks so very much to Youngstown sculptor Tony Armeni for collaborating with us on this gorgeous piece. Word is, with an Armeni in your back yard, the birds show up in top hats.
Your donation helps us fund our programs, and we’re so grateful. Good luck! If you win, we’ll come and take a picture. We will draw the winning ticket July 8 at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts.
Lit Youngstown’s intern Josh Naumann asked Lit Youngstown board member Ginny Taylor about her upcoming visual-literary art collaboration with #OccupiedWarren.
JN: When is the event, and what time during the day?
JT: #OccupiedWarren is a 2-day temporary art exhibit in Warren’s Garden District, June 8 (5-7pm) and June 9 (12-5pm). The project is hosted by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County (FACT). What’s really interesting about this exhibit is that the art is themed around blight, abandonment, and revitalization, and it’s being displayed in an abandoned, non-salvageable house that will be demolished in the future along with any of the art created on the walls or within the rooms.
Congratulations to Dominic Marchionda, Jr., on winning a stack of books penned by the visiting writers to our Fall Literary Festival. All donors to our Fall Fundraiser were entered.
Please join us in thanking our generous contributors.
Major donors, $250 and Above
Frederick & Mary Lou Alexander, Liz Hill, Don Martin
Friends of Lit Youngstown
Ann Cliness, Dianne Borsenik, Gayle Catinella, Benjamin & Joyce Davidson, Barry & Miriam Davis, Andy Gray, Miriam Klein, Pam Lilak, Anthony Manna, Dominic Marchionda, Jr., Gary & Sue Sexton, Urig Family Foundation, Vaughn Wascovich
Is there a road you didn’t travel? Thinking about writing the family story? Looking for advice on the nuts and bolts of editing prose? And who told you not to copy, anyway? Get your creative on in one of our spring workshops.