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Scott Lax

Scott Lax

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Creative Writing Concentration: Body of Work | Screenwriting | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms

Scott Lax is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was named one of 1998’s “Milestones’ in Fiction,” by The Denver Post, whose book editor, Tom Walker, wrote, “A powerful coming of age story of a group of friends who are waiting to learn their fate in the selective service lottery that will determine whether they will be called on to fight in the Vietnam war... Those of us who came of age in those years remember the fear, the soul searching we went through. Lax captures the mood of the era and tells a strong tale of love, brotherly and otherwise.”

The Midwest Book Review wrote of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “Scott Lax is a master wordsmith of the first order and once again demonstrates his talent and expertise with Vengeance Follows. A minor masterpiece of suspense and

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Scott Lax is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was named one of 1998’s “Milestones’ in Fiction,” by The Denver Post, whose book editor, Tom Walker, wrote, “A powerful coming of age story of a group of friends who are waiting to learn their fate in the selective service lottery that will determine whether they will be called on to fight in the Vietnam war... Those of us who came of age in those years remember the fear, the soul searching we went through. Lax captures the mood of the era and tells a strong tale of love, brotherly and otherwise.”

The Midwest Book Review wrote of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “Scott Lax is a master wordsmith of the first order and once again demonstrates his talent and expertise with Vengeance Follows. A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature, Vengeance Follows is a terrifically entertaining read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended."

Scott holds a BA in English from Hiram College. While at Hiram he studied Shakespeare's Histories in Cambridge, ran track, and played drums in the Jazz Ensemble. Scott is a recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction. He was presented with a Resolution of Congratulations for his body of work from Cleveland City Council in 2002 and named the 2002 Midwest Filmmaker of the Year by the Cleveland International Film Festival for the feature film version of The Year That Trembled, for which he was source-writer and producer.

Scott's two-act stage adaptation of The Year That Trembled was produced at Cleveland's University School in 2003 and 2013. Lax is also an award-winning movie producer, short story writer, nonfiction writer, journalist, speechwriter, and TV writer who co-write and co-created a television pilot with Fred Willard and Martin Mull, and has written for ESPN and Comedy Central.


Scott also periodically leads workshops and presents at writers' conferences and literary organizations. Scott's also a professional drummer who's played with Bo Diddley, among others. He recently finished a screenplay adaptation of Vengeance Follows, and is working on a book of fiction. Scott lives in the Chagrin Valley with his wife, Lydia, and son, Finn. – May 2020

Degree BA, English: Hiram College

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