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The Elements of Craft in Fiction

Author Annie Proulx (Brokeback Mountain) said, “You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page.” In this generative workshop for emerging fiction writers, we’ll complete writing exercises to help you shape your story, and discuss the elements of fiction, such as point-of-view, plot, setting, character and dialogue. Over the course of four sessions, we’ll produce new work in a creative and supportive environment.


Born in the City of Cleveland, Ohio, Scott Lax is a novelist, short story author, essayist, screenwriter, playwright and writing teacher. A graduate of Hiram College, he’s been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers Conference Fellow in Fiction. Scott is on the Liberal Arts faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches creative writing, and has taught fiction and nonfiction at numerous writers' workshops and schools throughout NE Ohio and the Carolinas. As a fiction writer, Scott was called “A master wordsmith of the first order” by the Midwest Book Review, which said of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.” His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was hailed as one of 1998’s “Milestones in Fiction” by The Denver Post. Scott also produced the feature film version of the novel and adapted it as a produced stage play. Scott lives in the Chagrin Valley with his wife and son. Learn more about Scott and his work at

The Elements of Craft in Fiction takes place Saturdays 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, & 2/22 from 10am-12pm at University Circle United Methodist Church (1919 E 107th St, Cleveland, OH 44106). 

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