Lake Erie Ink to host Teen Fiction Symposium, summer camps

Lake Erie Ink (LEI) is a Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community. The organization is wrapping up a year of creative programming with a Teen Fiction Symposium on Saturday, May 11, from 1–4 p.m.

Held at LEI's home in the former Coventry Elementary School, at 2843 Washington Blvd., this event is a chance for teens from throughout Greater Cleveland to meet local authors, become inspired, and experiment with new writing techniques. Teens in grades 6–12 can look forward to panel discussions and workshops with published writers in a variety of genres, including mystery writer Les Roberts, science fiction writer Charles Oberndorf, and young adult novelist J.T. Dutton, author of Freaked.

Admission is $5, with scholarships available. This program is made possible by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Events at Lake Erie Ink don’t end with the school year. LEI is offering seven weeks of summer camp that will offer opportunities for creative-expression, indoor and outdoor play, snacks, and collaborative team games. Summer Ink Writing Camp, which is open to students entering grades 4 through 12, runs from 1–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with session topics including playwriting and puppetry, writing outside-the-box, comics and graphic storytelling, and community connections.

Summer Ink costs $85 per week, with financial assistance available. LEI’s teen programming continues throughout the summer. For more information and session dates, visit, or call 216-320-4757.

Heights Observer Editor

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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