March’s First Wednesday Reading, March 4, 7:00, The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St., will feature fiction writer Kayla Jeswald & poet Cliff Richeal, followed by an open mic emceed by Kelsey Myers. We will also be celebrating National Poundcake Day.
The 2nd Annual Winter Writing Festival planning is underway and NEW this year is an Speaker Series featuring Kent native Jason Prufer who authored: “Small Town, Big Music” and Award winning Author Angela Johnson! Writing workshops will be scheduled at locations all around town, The WICK Poetry Center from KSU will again be leading a poetry slam, a Story Walk is being planned and more! Register here. Like to carpool with Lit Youngstown? Send us a note: LitYoungstown@gmail.com.
UPDATE: THESE EVENTS ARE CANCELED
The McDonough Museum and Lit Youngstown will host two ekphrastic (art-from-art) writing workshops and a reading by workshop participants. The workshops and readings are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. Please bring a notebook, electronic device or your favorite writing tools.
The writing workshops, part of the Scribe literary collaborative, will take place at the McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave., Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 to noon and/or Thursday, April 2 from 5:30 to 7:00, and the reading Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 to 7:00. Parking is available for $5.00 at the YSU deck or free at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Continue reading
New Year’s Day bumps our book discussion to the 15th! Join us for a conversation about the short story collection For a Little While by acclaimed writer Rick Bass.
New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner writes of Bass’s collection, “He is a keen and relentless observer of woods and prairies and beasts of every variety, so much so that many of these stories could be dropped intact into The Best American Science and Nature Writing and no one would blink.” Continue reading
“Show, Don’t Tell” but also “Less is More”: Using Scene and Summary in Short Story Writing
Most narratives rely on plot to engage readers, and most plots rely on scenes in order to create a solid structure. Scenes can control the pace of a story and introduce character development. However, while scene is very powerful, there is another tool writers can use: summary. Summary can be used in place of scene to accomplish many of the same things, but summary can also be used to influence characters within the story, or the readers themselves. Continue reading
Summer Festival of the Arts is one of our favorite events of the year! We’ll be there with the “Where I’m From” poem template, in anticipation of Fall Literary Festival visiting writer George Ella Lyon and her international project.
We’ll also have paper sidewalk squares for visitors to decorate, in celebration of our poems stamped in sidewalk squares, part of the Words Made Visible project. We’ll dedicate them and introduce the poets at the Fall Literary Festival. Continue reading
Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written? Bring 10 copies (one poem or story excerpt, 5 pages max.) to the Third Thursday Writers Circle.
We will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, June 20. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.
Join us Wednesday June 5 at 7:00 at the Soap Gallery for a poetry & prose reading by two sisters and amazing writers of Cleveland. Open mic emceed by Steve Force. National Ketchup Day. Let’s stogie up the grill.
Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection) – both by Random House. Currently, she is working on a dystopian novel about oldsters. She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University. Continue reading
The second Lou Yuhasz Memorial Scholarship is open for submissions.
Each year, we will award one $100 scholarship, and invite the recipient to read their work at the Fall Literary Festival, Oct. 4-5. The winner and runner-up will receive free registration to the Festival. The 2018 scholarship recipient was D.T. McCrea, selected by Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Professor Robert Miltner and alumna Amy Sparks. This year’s judges are to be determined.
If you will be a NEOMFA student in fall of 2019 and would like to compete for the prize, please send a cover letter and 10-page writing portfolio (name on cover letter only) to LitYoungstown@gmail.com. The deadline is June 15.
Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written? Bring 10 copies (one poem or short story excerpt, 5 pages max.) to the Third Thursday Writers Circle.
We will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, April 18. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.