The William N. Skirball Writers Center

The William N. Skirball Writers' Center, located in our South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, is a welcoming space for writers for all ages and levels of experience. The Writers' Center offers free access to private writing rooms, laptops, writing workshops and a special collection of materials on the art of writing.   

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APRIL: A CELEBRATION OF WRITING   

 April is National Poetry Monththe largest literary celebration in the world. Read a poem. Write a poem. Every   day in April. 

Celebrate with us 



Cleveland-area high school students are invited to submit their creative writing (fiction, poetry or creative   nonfiction) for presentation at Raise Your Voice, a conference celebrating young writers on April 11.

Learn more and register



Publishing Poetry in Northeast Ohio is a special event for poets and poetry readers on April 13, featuring a roundtable, readings and a book fair.

Join the fun



We're proud to host the Western Reserve Writers Conference on April 27. The 36th annual event - free for writers - will include workshops, editing sessions, a book sale and signing, and a keynote from the Library's Writer in Residence, David Giffels.

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JOIN A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS 

Cynthia is part of a community of local writers who make the William N. Skirball Writers' Center their second home. Watch this brief video to hear her story. 
 
 

FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS 

Aspiring and practicing authors can learn about writing and marketing fiction, poetry, memoirs and more at our free writing workshops. Our workshops are led by experienced instructors and are free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

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SELF-PUBLISHING TOOLS 

Creating and publishing your book or eBook has never been easier. Our free self-publishing tools can help you create and share professional quality eBooks and print-ready books with readers across Ohio and the nation.   

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WRITER IN RESIDENCE David-Giffels.jpg

David Giffels — author of the witty (but tender) memoirs Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin and a Measure of Life and All the Way Home, for which he received the Ohioana Book Award — is our current writer in residence.

David is also an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. As our writer in residence, he teaches a free monthly class at the Writers' Center and participates in a variety of Library events.

ABOUT DAVID

      

WRITERS READING PODCAST 

The WRITERS READING podcast series began as a collaboration with our inaugural writer in residence, Dave Lucas, Ohio Poet Laureate and founder of Brews + Prose. WRITERS READING showcases the best work by some of the most talented novelists, poets and journalists in our region. 

The WRITERS READING podcast series is available to listen to free of charge, no downloads necessary.      

Pro tip: We recommend listening to WRITERS READING over a Wi-Fi connection when using a phone or tablet.

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FOR POETRY LOVERS  Free writing workshops at the library

The William N. Skirball Writer's Center is home to the Poetry Workshop at Cuyahoga County Public Library, one of the longest-running public poetry workshops in the country. Through our annual READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry project we connect readers with some of Ohio's most talented poets and share daily poetry writing exercise to spark your creativity. 

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