The William N. Skirball Writers' Center

Private writing rooms, workshops and more

Join a community of writers

Apply to be our next Writer in Residence


  • Teach one class per month.
  • Hold office hours at the Writers' Center located at the CCPL South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch for 3 hours per month.
  • Use the Writer in Residence office at the Writers' Center for your own writing projects at least once per week. (Office is available during regular library hours).
  • Introduce or interview an author at any branch in the CCPL system on occasion, when you are available.
  • Attend the Western Reserve Writers' Conference on March 23, 2024 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch to give a 40-minute keynote address, serve as a First Page Critique panelist and teach a 60-minute breakout session.

Residency term

  • March 1 - October 31, 2024


  • $500 per month for an 8-month residency.

Application form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 15 at 11:59 PM.

The Writer in Residence must live in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, or a contiguous county.
Check all that apply.
Include TITLE, PUBLISHER and YEAR. Do not include self-published or vanity press-published books.
Include TITLE, PUBLICATION, YEAR and provide a link, if applicable. Do not include work that you have published on your own blog, website or social media.
Include the title of each class and a brief description.
An advanced degree is not required to apply.
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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.

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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Our Writers Reading project on YouTube showcases some of the most talented novelists, poets and journalists in northeast Ohio performing their best work.

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