Writers House is both an actual house and an idea. It was conceived with the intention of embracing all forms of writing, offering a place not only for campus writers to come together, but also reaching out to a larger, more regional writing community. Our goal is to give a voice to writers, to bring them together, to create networks, to foster conversation and encourage collaboration, and to support diverse, inclusive writing communities.
CWRU’s Writing Resource Center, housed in Bellflower Hall, has long served students engaged in academic writing through workshops and tutoring. It’s our intention to build on this foundation: to redesign our notion of writing within the university; to include other genres such as poetry, fiction, science writing, creative nonfiction, hypertext; to make writing at once more visible and more diverse; to address writing as both artifact and craft. Thanks in large part to a generous endowment gift from T. Dixon Long, former Dean of Western Reserve University and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, the Writing Resource Center and Writers House have a home in historic Bellflower Hall. We invite students, faculty, staff, and community to take part as both writers and readers in our inventive programming, workshops, and social events.
Spring 2021 Schedule of Events (All events are virtual.)
Friday, February 19th
“Reimagining Research through Creative Nonfiction,” a Workshop with Amber Kidd and Allyson Wierenga. 1:00 to 2:15.
Wednesday, February 24th
“Who are you? Who are your people?” A Poetry Workshop with Marcie Rendon. 6:30 to 7:30. (Co-sponsored by the CWRU Social Justice Institute, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Lake Erie Native American Council, and Writers House.)
Saturday, March 6th
“Writing the Haibun: Fusing Prose & Haiku,” a Poetry Workshop with Ali Black. 1:00 to 3:30.
Saturday, March 20th
“Beyond the Creaking Step: How to Create Suspense,” a Fiction Workshop with Shelley Costa. 1:00 to 3:30.
Fall 2020 Schedule of Events
Friday, October 2nd
Poetry Reading: Celebrating Black Writing in Cleveland, featuring Michelle R. Smith and Mary Weems. Virtual. 3:15 to 4:15. (This is an English colloquium co-sponsored by Writers House and the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference.)
Friday, October 30th
“Permission to Play with Language: Or Learning to be Weird with Words,” a Workshop with Andrew Petracca and Joseph Spieles. Virtual. 12:45 to 2:00.
Saturday, November 14th
“Finding Your Story : Using Personal Experience to Write for Kids,” a Workshop with Tricia Springstubb. Virtual. 1:00 to 2:30.
Spring 2020 Schedule of Events
Friday, February 21st
A Poetry Reading by Jeff Gundy. Guilford Parlor. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (This is an English colloquium co-sponsored by Writers House.)
Friday, February 28th
“A Little Million Doors: Poetry, Art, and the Sciences of Body and Mind (An Interdisciplinary Discussion).” Featured panelist: Chad Sweeney. Guilford Parlor. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. (This event is supported by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the English Department Colloquium Series, the Sharnoff Endowed Fund for Poetry, Writers House, and the Program in Medicine, Society, and Culture.)
Friday-Saturday, February 28th-29th
Symposium: “New Directions for Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Studies.” Confirmed plenary speakers include: Richard Burt, Vera Camden, Dominique Scarfone. Bellflower Hall. (This event is sponsored by the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, and Writers House.)
Saturday, February 29th
February Fiction Conference with Allegra Hyde, Kevin P. Keating, D.M. Pulley, and Abby L. Vandiver. Clark Hall. 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (This is a Literary Cleveland event co-sponsored by Writers House.) https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/february-fiction-conference
Fall 2019 Schedule of Events
Tuesday, November 5th
“Pulling from the Headlines: Poetry Written After Media,” a Roundtable Discussion featuring visiting poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Javier Zamora, journalist James Sheeler, and Dr. Damaris Puñales-Alpízar. Guilford Parlor. 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Friday, November 8th
A Poetry Reading by Xavier Zamora and Marcelo Hernandez Castilo. Senior Classroom, Tinkham Veale University Center. 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 16th
November Nonfiction Conference with Lawrence Lanahan, Judah Leblang, Sarah Lohman, and Charlotte Morgan. Clark Hall. 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Literary Cleveland event co-sponsored by Writers House) https://www.litcleveland.org/classes-workshops/november-nonfiction-conference
Sunday, November 17th
Black Women Writing Cleveland. Ali Black, Charlotte Morgan, Michelle Smith, and Mary Weems. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch / William N. Skirball Writers’ Center / 1876 South Green Road / South Euclid, OH 44121. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. https://english.case.edu/black-women-writing-cleveland/
Friday, November 22nd
“Playful Revision,” a Workshop with Michelle Koski and Brita Thielen. Bellflower Hall, Room 101. 12:45 to 2:00.