cuyahoga county public library launches new programming geared to writers

Cuyahoga County Public Library has launched a series of programs to serve Northeast Ohio's literary community, including workshops on fiction writing and classes aimed at teenage authors. The programs fill a vacuum created last year by the demise of The Lit, a nonprofit that was dedicated to Cleveland's literary community for more than 30 years.

"This is something that we've wanted to do for some time." says Robert Rua, Assistant Marketing Director with the Cuyahoga County Public Library. "One of our priorities is to help people reconnect with reading, and many folks who are readers are also writers. We're pleased to be able to serve the literary community in a more meaningful way, and we're looking forward to doing even more."

The Cuyahoga County Public Library also continues to support its robust series of author visits, which Rua says have thrived in an era in which there are fewer book stores. Recent visitors include Isobel Wilkerson and Joe Hill. In the next month, "Hollows" author Kim Harrison and local sports legend Joe Tate will also give readings.

"We have some large venues, and we're able to support author events with marketing," says Rua. "We work with Mac's Backs to do book sales."

In the coming months, Rua says that plans are being made to broaden the Library's offerings for writers, but specific details are not yet available.

Source: Robert Rua
Writer: Lee Chilcote
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