Literary Cleveland: Winter Fictionfest Set for Saturday, February 18th at Loganberry Books

Literary Cleveland, a nonprofit organization committed to building a strong literary community in Northeast Ohio, is pleased to announce its upcoming February workshops and special events.

The workshops cover a wide range of literary subjects and genres, including memoir, historical fiction, genealogical research, speculative fiction, and true crime writing.

February also marks Literary Cleveland’s second annual Winter Fictionfest, a half day conference offering a number of unique workshops designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the craft of fiction. This year’s fest kicks off with a Q&A with award-winning novelist Mary Doria Russell, and continues with an afternoon of engaging workshops led by skilled teachers and local writers.

Listed below are February’s workshops in chronological order:

  • Saturday, February 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Writing Your Family History with Afi Scruggs, Amy Breau, and Mary Helen Petrus at Lake Erie Ink, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights Ohio. FREE.
  • Thursday, February 16th & 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Make the Leap Into Writing Persona Poems with Mimi Plevin-Foust at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights Ohio. $30.00/$25.00 for members.
  • Saturday, February 18th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Winter Fictionfest 2017: A Mini-Conference with Mary Doria Russell, Susan Petrone, Shelley Costa, Casey Daniels, Geoffrey Landis, Mary Turzillo, and D.M. Pulley at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights Ohio. $32.00/$27.00 for members.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Digging Up the Bodies: Writing about True Crimes in History with Jane Turzillo at Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave. Cleve. Ohio 44102. $15.00/$12.00 for members.

In addition to these new workshops, Literary Cleveland will continue hosting its monthly “Between the Lines” events at The Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern. Each event features a local author who reads from original work and engages in a Q&A with a community member and the audience. February’s “Between the Lines” features celebrated poet, essayist and fiction writer Kazim Ali, and takes place 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th.

Literary Cleveland is also currently accepting submissions of original work for its Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives project. Participants are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly, and responses from all genres are welcome. Submissions are especially encouraged from individuals who may not consider themselves writers but have an important story to tell. Accepted submissions will be adapted into dynamic performances and presented at the Cleveland Humanities Festival Saturday, March 18th & Sunday, March 19th. The deadline for submissions is February 15th; please send submissions and any questions to

Literary Cleveland’s mission is to create and nurture a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio. For more information on upcoming events, check out our website at Literary Cleveland or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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