CONFERENCE INFO

SEPT 14–22

Virtual Events
Monday, September 16, 7:00 PM ET
Virtual Nonfiction / Christina Sharpe + Hanif Abdurraqib
 
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 PM ET
Virtual Fiction / Shane Hawk, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr., + Stephen Graham Jones
 
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 PM ET
Virtual Poetry / Presenters TBA
Community Projects
Saturday, September 14, 1:00 PM ET
Wild Writing with Lake Erie Ink 
Location TBA

Saturday, September 14, 5:00 PM ET
Light Enters the Grove: Nature Reading at Hart Crane Park
Hart Crane Park

Sunday, September 15, 9:00 AM ET
Poetry Ride Out
Presented by Balance Point Studio

Sunday, September 22, 10:00 AM ET
Books at the Market
West Side Market

FRI SEPT 20

Book Fair / 10:00AM–5:00PM ET
The book fair will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm on Friday and 9:00am-5:00pm 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, Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing, Bottom Dog Press, Brainchild Magazine, Cleveland Review of Books, CSU Poetry Center, Fireside Book Shop, Great Lakes Fiction Writers, Grieveland, Heights Arts, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Lake Erie Ink, Loganberry Books, Mac’s Backs Books, Mid-American Review, Ohio University Press, Purple Palm Press, Rescue Press, Rust Belt Humanities Lab, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Cupboard Pamphlet, The Dodge, The Reading Room CLE, Tiffin University, Two Dollar Radio, William N. Skirball Writers' Center at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Writers in Residence, and more to come.
11:00AM–12:30PM ET
Fiction/ Crafting Your Literary Universe: Building a Flagship Series / Eryka Parker

Nonfiction/ Putting the C into CNF / Joe Kapitan

Poetry/ National Soul: Notions of National Identity in Poetry / Tiara Dinevska-McGuire

Business/ A Mollusk Without a Shell: A Panel on Self-Care for Writers / Panel

Beyond/ Listomania: The Power and Pleasure of Lists In/As Poetry and Prose / Elizabeth Chesla

Dangerous/ Against Book Bans / Panel
1:30PM–3:00PM ET
Fiction/ The Things You Learn: Research for Historical Fiction / Panel

Nonfiction/ Healing Through Life Writing / Uddipana Goswami

Poetry/ Marbles on the Floor: Four Poets on Assembling a Book of Poems

Business/ Negotiation for Writers: How to Ask For And Get What You Deserve / Nora Rahimian

Beyond/ Birthing Worlds: Comic Creation Experiences / Panel
 
Dangerous/ Writing Ghosts: In Praise of Hauntings, Ancestry, and the Unknown
3:30PM–5:00PM ET
Fiction/ Raise Your Voice: How An Effective Voice Can Refine Your Story / Nardine Taleb

Nonfiction/ Writing Toward Peace with Loung Ung / Loung Ung + Laura Walter

Poetry/ At the End of My Suffering there Was a Poem: Writing Trauma Poems that Don’t Traumatize / Conor Bracken

Business/ How To Find, Apply To, and Land Artist Residencies / Prince Shakur 

Beyond/ How to Keep Going when You’re Sick of Your Project / Panel

Dangerous/ Taking Up Space: Trans Writing / Panel
Dinner + Open Mic / 6:00PM–8:00PM ET
Join us at the downtown Cleveland Public Library outdoor reading garden for a special $25 dinner mixer and open mic after the Friday conference sessions. 
 

SAT SEPT 21

Book Fair / 9:00AM–5:00PM ET
The book fair will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm on Friday and 9:00am-5:00pm 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, Ashland University MFA in Creative Writing, Bottom Dog Press, Brainchild Magazine, Cleveland Review of Books, CSU Poetry Center, Fireside Book Shop, Great Lakes Fiction Writers, Grieveland, Heights Arts, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Lake Erie Ink, Loganberry Books, Mac’s Backs Books, Mid-American Review, Purple Palm Press, Rescue Press, Rust Belt Humanities Lab, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Cupboard Pamphlet, The Dodge, The Reading Room CLE, Tiffin University, Two Dollar Radio, William N. Skirball Writers' Center at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Writers in Residence, and more to come.
9:00AM–10:30AM ET
Fiction/ The First Five Pages: Crafting Gripping Starts to Keep Readers Interested / Jody Gerbig

Nonfiction/ The Art of Research in Creative Nonfiction / Lee Chilcote

Poetry/ Unpacking Black Masculinity / Panel

Business/ Editing With an Eye Towards Publication / Panel

Dangerous/ The Muses Refuse Silence / Panel

Nonfiction/ Nonfiction Breakout: Mixer & Open Mic
11:00AM–12:30PM ET
Keynote/ Create Dangerously / Edwidge Danticat
1:30PM–3:00PM ET
Fiction/ Bound Together: The Politics of Place in Prose / Madeline ffitch

Nonfiction/ Assembling the Collage: Going from Fragment to Finished / Lara Lillibridge

Poetry/ Spoken Word Lab: Performing Your Poetry / Siaara Freeman

Business/ Abundant Dreams: A Range of Publishing Options from Independent to Big Five / Cass Donish

Beyond/ City of Asylum Writers-in-Residence Panel 

Fiction/ Fiction Breakout: Mixer & Open Mic
3:30PM–5:00PM ET
Fiction/ The Invisible Art of Revision / Peter Ho Davies

Nonfiction/ Coming Soon

Poetry/ Community + Polyvocality: A Craft Talk and Generative Workshop / Yalie Kamara

Business/ Landing an Agent: Practical Advice / Panel

Beyond/ The Buffalo-Cleveland Project / Panel

Poetry/ Poetry Breakout: Mixer & Open Mic
5:00PM–9:00PM ET
Afterparty Reading

WELCOME

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you on September 20-21 for the tenth annual Inkubator Writing Conference. See the information below for details to help plan your visit.

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Inkubator Writing Conference virtual events take place Monday through Wednesday, September 16-18 via Zoom Webinar. Those who register will receive Zoom links and instructions for accessing the free online programs three days in advance. The virtual conversations will also be broadcast live on Facebook and will be available to view for 30 days after the program.

IN-PERSON CONFERENCE LOCATION + MAP

The Literary Cleveland Inkubator Writing Conference takes place Friday and Saturday, September 20-21 in-person at the Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes building (525 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114). Stay tuned for a map of conference locations within the library.

LODGING

Literary Cleveland has reserved a block of rooms for presenters and visitors at the Hampton Inn (1460 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114) at a reduced rate. Space is limited and we will aim to open more rooms if possible. Contact info@litcleveland.org for more information. Other nearby hotel options include the ‍Hyatt Regency Cleveland At The Arcade and the Drury Plaza Hotel.

PARKING

Nearby parking garages include:

‍ABM Rockwell Garage
Memorial Plaza
200 Public Square Garage

Metered parking is available nearby and is free on Saturdays, though it may be difficult to find a spot.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN

Plan to arrive early at the downtown Cleveland Public Library to check in and receive your conference materials before attending your first session.

Check in Friday, September 20 from 10:00-11:00am and Saturday, September 21 from 8:00-9:00am.

FOOD & DRINK

Coffee and water will be available for free at the conference with some light snacks. Literary Cleveland will offer box lunch options for purchase both days as well as a Friday dinner buffet option. Place your food order before September 13.

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.

SIGHTS

Downtown visitors are within 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, Third Space Reading Room, Book Brothers, and more. Snag a Cleveland Bookworm Challenge map for more places to visit.

CLEVELAND BOOK WEEK

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 27-28 as well as the Great Lakes African American Writers Conference (GLAAWC) October 5.

CONFERENCE ACCESSIBILITY

Literary Cleveland is committed to making the Inkubator Writing Conference as accessible as possible.

  • Public transportation is available near the Cleveland Public Library with a rapid station at Tower City, a central bus terminal at Public Square, and bus stops on Superior Ave.
  • There are elevators in all multilevel event spaces.
  • The venue’s sidewalks, pathways, and doorways are accessible, and there is zero-step entry to the Cleveland Public Library Louis Stokes wing.
  • Accessible restrooms are located on the second floor (where the conference will be held) as well as the lower level near the auditorium.
  • All rooms at the conference are wheelchair accessible. Workshop spaces will have seats in the first row and back row marked as reserved for individuals with accessibility needs. Please use these accommodations if you need them and we ask that no one question anyone’s use of this accommodation as some disabilities are invisible.
  • Library signage is in Braille.
  • Large format versions of the program schedule will be available.
  • Speakers will have text outlines of their workshops, talks, or panels available on request.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided for the Keynote address.
  • Closed captioning will be provided for virtual events held online September 16-18.

To request accommodation or accessibility support, please contact ADA Coordinator Michelle Smith at 330-622-0606 or send an email no later than 14 days before this event.

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