Free Literacy Unconference to be held August 1

Cleveland Public Library’s Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Inkubator  will team up for a free, one-day literary UNconference that will offer workshops and readings to help writers generate ideas, advance their craft and network. The event will conclude with readings from noted Northeast Ohio writers, a youth performance and an open mic.

“We are excited to promote this creative learning opportunity for both adults and teens ,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “Pairing seasoned, successful writers with new talent cultivates a community of learning that will benefit all those involved long after the conference is over.”

Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar

Award-winning writers Thrity Umrigar and David Giffels will give a keynote reading at the event. Workshop leaders include novelist Les Roberts, nonfiction writer/poet Brad Ricca, comic book artist and filmmaker Ted Sikora and playwright Eric Coble.

David Giffels

David Giffels

“The Cleveland INKubator is an event for anyone with a story to tell,” said Lee Chilcote, a writer and teacher who cofounded the Inkubator. “Northeast Ohio has a great literary scene and many talented writers live here – this is an event to connect the dots and create community. The Inkubator will provide writing programs that celebrate our rich literary culture while nurturing the next generation of talent.”

The event, which is geared toward adults and teens (14-18) is open to writers of all levels of experience, and will include the following elements:

  • Workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, comics, storytelling and more
  • Craft talks on blogging, music writing, food writing, podcasting and more
  • Resource fair for writers featuring independent booksellers
  • Featured reading with award-winning authors Thrity Umrigar and David Giffels
  • Youth performance and all-ages open mic in the Eastman Reading Garden

The Cleveland Inkubator is free and open to the public, but online pre-registration at clevelandinkubator.org is recommended. Space will be limited in some workshops. In-person registration is at  11 a.m. with events beginning at noon in the second floor Literature Department of the Main Library building. A resource fair for writers with independent booksellers will be held in the lobby of the Literature Department during the event.