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					Announcing The Chagrin Valley Writers’ Workshop Faculty: Scott Lax, Fiction & Nonfiction Tyler Davidson, Screenwriting • At the Clubhouse at Hamlet Village in Chagrin Falls, Ohio * * * Late Fall 2009 Session 1. “HOW TO TELL A STORY: Find, Translate, Shape” - A Workshop with Scott Lax $250 for six sessions Consecutive Tuesdays from 7:15 PM until 9:15 PM. Nov. 10, 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8 & 15. Workshop Description: Using Scott Lax’s FTS Writing Method, students are encouraged and coached to Find their story; to Translate the story into written words; and finally to Shape their story into a potentially publishable work of nonfiction or fiction. An important aspect of this workshop is that Scott helps students think like writers. Each class is different; each class is exciting – there are writing exercises, lectures, free-form discussion, and more. To learn how students have benefited from Scott’s method, go to and click on “Teaching and Testimonials.” LIMIT: 15 STUDENTS PER SESSION * * * ABOUT WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR SCOTT LAX FICTION: Scott Lax recently completed his second novel, which is awaiting publication. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was called “Powerful,” and named one of 1998’s best works of fiction by The Denver Post. He was awarded the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction Award from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference for the novel, which was the Vermont Novel of the Year, runnerup. In 2008, The Hub City Writers Project of South Carolina announced "The Scott Lax Prize," an annual, full-ride scholarship to the Wildacres Writers Workshop. The prize, established in 2008, is underwritten by Hillcrest Publications of Spartanburg, SC “to honor novelist Scott Lax of Ohio." FILM: Lax source-wrote and produced the feature film, The Year That Trembled, called “The most important movie of the year” by the Ithaca Times. Released in theaters in 2002, it is now in international DVD release. He is the winner of four international film festival awards, including “Midwest Filmmaker of the Year.” PLAYWRITING: As a playwright, Scott Lax had his adaptation of The Year That Trembled debut at University School in 2003. Critic Julie Hoke wrote, “A classic coming-of-age story…kudos on an ambitious and successful world premier.”

NONFICTION: In nonfiction, Lax is the first-place winner of the 2009 Best Essay, 2009 Best Feature, and second-place 2009 Best Series from the Ohio Professional Writers; he also won honorable mention for best single essay in Ohio from the 2007 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. He was the 1993 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bernard J. O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction. TEACHING: Scott Lax has taught, lectured, and been writer-inresidence at schools, universities and writers’ conferences throughout the country. Scott Lax’s FTS Writing Method is exclusive to his workshops. “Scott Lax is a gifted teacher and writer who manages to bring knowledge and sensitivity to the critiquing process. His insights and commentary foster a nurturing workshop environment within which noticeable creative progress can be and is achieved. The number of returning students who repeat his workshops is a testament to his skill and appeal as both an instructor and purveyor of the written word.” – Michael Ferrari, two-time student of Scott Lax and the author of Born to Fly, winner of the 2007 Delacorte Yearling Award for middle grade fiction. His novel is critically acclaimed by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. NEW THIS SESSION & EXCLUSIVE TO THE CHAGRIN VALLEY WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: PRODUCER SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS WITH TYLER DAVIDSON PRODUCER SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS – $300 Description: Award-winning producer Tyler Davidson will review students’ completed feature film screenplays, providing detailed, written “script notes” consistent with the highest film industry standards. This evaluation will include an assessment of the screenplay’s technical elements, such as format, dialogue, action and description; story structure; character development; tone; the script’s overall effectiveness (continued on next page) relative to the writer’s intent; and an appraisal of its financial and production prospects in the current marketplace. After considering the notes, students will meet with Tyler oneon-one for further discussion of their screenplay. ABOUT TYLER DAVIDSON Tyler Davidson is the co-founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based production company Strange Matter Films, and an award-winning feature film producer who has worked extensively in many areas of film and television production. He most recently produced the acclaimed feature “Swedish Auto,” the 2007 Cleveland International Film Festival Opening Night presentation, now in distribution with IFC Films, which stars January Jones (of AMC

TV’s smash hit “Mad Men”) and Lukas Haas (“Witness”). Variety called the film “A study in state-of-the-art indie filmmaking.” Davidson, who graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English, began his entertainment career in 1998 with Ohio-based Novel City Pictures, where he served as senior vice president and producer of the award-winning feature “The Year That Trembled,” based on the novel by Scott Lax. Among other honors for the film, Davidson received the Midwest Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 2002 Cleveland International Film Festival. He subsequently served as president of the LAbased film and television production company, the Lab Entertainment Group, overseeing the company’s full slate of projects, including the documentary, “Hitting the High Notes: 2004 High Sierra Music Festival,” for CMH Records. Davidson has read nearly a thousand screenplays in his career, working through the script development process with dozens of professional writers. He is currently developing several feature films with Strange Matter Films, including “Shelter,” “A Complete Unknown,” and “The Bar Mitzvah King.” * * * HOW TO REGISTER: e-mail to request registration information.