The Inkubator is Literary Cleveland’s free annual festival for writers and readers. Generate new writing, improve your craft, and advance your career.
The Literary Cleveland Inkubator Writing Conference is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Sponsors include the Cleveland Public Library, Mac’s Backs Books, Clevo Books, Hathaway Brown, Ashland University MFA, Appletree Books, Fireside Book Shop, Loganberry Books, and Margaret W. Wong & Associates.
Plan to arrive early at the downtown Cleveland Public Library to check in and receive your conference materials before attending your first session.
The book fair will be open from 10:00am-4:00pm on Friday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday at the conference and will feature local independent booksellers, literary journals, publishers and presses, writing groups, and literary organizations.
Participants so far include: Appletree Books, Bowling Green State University MFA, Brainchild Magazine, Central Ohio Fiction Writers, Cleveland Review of Books, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, Clevo Books, Fireside Book Shop, Flypaper Lit, Hiram College, ID13, Lake Erie Ink, Lit Youngstown, Loganberry Books, Mac’s Backs Books, Mid-American Review, Ohio Center for the Book, Outlandish Press, Purpled Palm Press, ThirdSpace Reading Room, University of Akron Press, The William N. Skirball Writers' Center, Wick Poetry Center, Writers in Residence, and more to come!
We look forward to welcoming you on September 9-10 for the 2022 Inkubator Writing Conference. See the information below for details to help plan your visit.
The Literary Cleveland Inkubator Writing Conference takes place Friday and Saturday, September 9-10 in-person at the Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes building (525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114).
Masks will be required indoors at the conference, book fair, and breakout sessions. Speakers may remove masks when presenting to ensure they can be heard clearly.
If you are feeling sick or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID, please stay home to keep everyone safe. As local conditions and health guidelines change, we will update attendees on new policies and requirements. For more information on library services during the pandemic, see https://cpl.org/library-services-during-the-pandemic/.
We encourage the use of public transit to attend the conference. The Cleveland Public Library is a .2 mile (6 minute) walk from the Public Square bus terminal and Tower City rapid station.
Coffee and water will be available for free at the conference with some light snacks. Literary Cleveland will offer box lunch options for purchase (ordering will open in August).
Nearby breakfast options include Rising Star Coffee, 1890 Restaurant, Mike & Dee's Diner, and chains like Au Bon Pain and Dunkin'. Nearby lunch and dinner options include Ohio City Burrito, Rebol, Citizen Pie, Barrio, and chains like Shake Shack, Potbelly, and more.
Downtown visitors are in walking distance from Public Square, Tower City, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Playhouse Square, sports arenas, the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. Further afield we recommend visiting the West Side Market, Edgewater Park, Wendy Park Coast Guard Station, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Plus no trip to Cleveland is complete without stops at indie bookstores Clevo Books, Visible Voice Books, Appletree Books, Loganberry Books, Mac's Backs Books, the Bookshop in Lakewood and more. Snag a Cleveland Bookworm Challenge map for more places to visit.
Literary Cleveland's Inkubator Writing Conference is just the beginning of Cleveland Book Week. Be sure to check out the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony and events September 11-16 as well as the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference (GLAAWC) September 16-18.
Literary Cleveland is committed to making the Inkubator Writing Conference as accessible as possible.
To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability please contact ADA Coordinator Michelle Smith at 330-622-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 14 days before this event.