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Liberal Arts

Scott Lax

Scott Lax

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Art of the Personal Essay | Fiction Writing | Screenwriting | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms

Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and producer Scott Lax graduated from Hiram College in English with a concentration in American Studies. While at Hiram he studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge in England. Scott currently works as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches Creative Writing.

Scott is a recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction, and of the Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction. "The Scott Lax Prize in Writing," established "in recognition of novelist Scott Lax of Ohio," was endowed anonymously by a former student of Scott's and was awarded yearly between 2008 and 2014 as a full-ride scholarship to the week-long Wild Acres Writers Workshop in South Carolina.

Scott was inducted into the Chagrin Falls Schools' 2016 Achievement Hall of Fame, and in 2002, at the premier

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Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, and producer Scott Lax graduated from Hiram College in English with a concentration in American Studies. While at Hiram he studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge in England. Scott currently works as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches Creative Writing.

Scott is a recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction, and of the Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction. "The Scott Lax Prize in Writing," established "in recognition of novelist Scott Lax of Ohio," was endowed anonymously by a former student of Scott's and was awarded yearly between 2008 and 2014 as a full-ride scholarship to the week-long Wild Acres Writers Workshop in South Carolina.

Scott was inducted into the Chagrin Falls Schools' 2016 Achievement Hall of Fame, and in 2002, at the premier of the film The Year That Trembled, the City of Cleveland presented Scott with a Certificate of Congratulations for his body of work.

He is the recipient of two short fiction awards, as well as six journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club's Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards and the Ohio Professional Writers Association for his essays, features, series, and commentary.

For his role as producer of the feature film version of his novel, The Year That Trembled, Scott was awarded the Midwest Filmmaker of the Year by the Cleveland International Film Festival; the Producer's Award, Winner, People's Choice, Cincinnati International Film Festival; the Producer's Award, Winner, Best Regional Feature, Cincinnati International Film Festival; and Bessie's People's Choice Award, Burlington, Vermont City Arts, Favorite Film.

The Boston Herald wrote of Scott's film, "Memorable…beautifully reflects the depth of experience of the late 60s and early 70s …a touching glimpse into the lives of young people enmeshed in the political and emotional climate of the times."

The Denver Post called his novel, The Year That Trembled, "powerful" and named it as one of the year's "milestones in fiction" listing it alongside books by authors such as Alice Walker, Stephen King, Ann Rice, Tim O'Brien, Andrea Barrett, and Phillip Roth.

Lax adapted his novel as a two-act full-length play directed by Carol Jaffee Pribble, which premiered at Cleveland's University School in 2003 to sold-out audiences and was again produced in 2013 at US. As of the summer of 2022, Scott has rewritten the play for national community and professional theatres.

Scott's second novel, Vengeance Follows, was called "A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature," by the Midwest Book Review. His screenplay adaptation of the novel is currently being shopped.

Lax has also worked as a journalist, business professional and executive, speechwriter for social justice leaders and others. He has also been a frequent presenter and speaker at libraries, workshops, schools, and writers' conferences, and gave the 2001 Commencement Address at Hiram College

As a freelance writer and content creator he's written for dozens of clients such as Comedy Central, ESPN, and Oracle. He's also worked in television, most recently as co-creator and co-writer of a television pilot with comedy legends Martin Mull and Fred Willard, filmed at the PBS ideastream studios in Cleveland, Ohio.

A professional drummer, Scott has performed with many musicians around the country, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bo Diddley.

Scott cites as influcences filmmakers François Truffaut, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, and Stanley Kubrick; poets Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda; and authors James Baldwin, Hermann Hesse, Tim O'Brien, Gabriel García Márquez, Joan Didion, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is also an admirer of the works of many current artists, such as Vietnamese-American poet and novelist Ocean Vuong, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and filmmakers Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, , and Bong Joon-ho.

Scott Lax lives in the Chagrin Valley with his wife Lydia and son Finn. – May, 2022

Degree BA, English, Hiram College

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