Lake Erie Ink begins fifth year of creative writing programs for youth

Ruffing fourth-grader Polly Routh records her observations during LEI's Community Connections camp. [photo: Amy Rosenbluth]

As a new school year begins, Lake Erie Ink’s (LEI) fifth year of writing programs for young people is underway as well. Registration is open for Ink Spot, serving fourth- through eighth-graders, and Evening Ink, for students in grade six and older. LEI’s first Weekend Ink: Telling Tales—a program about storytelling that is open to all ages—will take place on Sept. 19.

Located in the Coventry School building in Cleveland Heights, LEI has roots in the creative writing programs its founders provided for youth on the East Side of Cleveland.

During the 2010–11 school year, they facilitated four Library Writers Clubs for students in grades 4–12, as an expansion of the work they had been doing in the classrooms. The library clubs were a hit. Young writers continued to show up and ask for more.

Since opening its doors in 2011, LEI has worked with more than 3,000 young writers throughout Greater Cleveland, and has been involved in more than 20 different school communities throughout the region.

Each year since then, LEI has hosted more programs, helping kids craft poems and stories, supporting high school students as they struggle to find the right topics for their college essays, encouraging fledgling fiction writers to finish their novels during NaNoWriMo month, and inspiring teachers to explore different approaches to assignments.

Visit for more information, and to register for programs.

Amy Rosenbluth

Amy Rosenbluth, Lake Erie Ink's executive director and co-founder (with Cynthia Larsen), is a longtime Heights resident.

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