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Liberal Arts

Scott Lax

Scott Lax

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Screenwriting

Scott Lax is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He was called "A master wordsmith of the first order" by The Midwest Book Review, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was called "Powerful" and named as one of 1998's Milestones in Fiction by The Denver Post, alongside authors Alice Walker, Phillip Roth, Tim O'Brien, Barbara Kingsolver, Jay McInerney, Stephen King, and Anne Rice. Of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers wrote, "Mesmerizing and masterful…Aching suspense…Scott Lax gets inside the head of a lethal sociopath while maintaining a loving evocation of a quiet Ohio town with a Richard Russo-like respect for the human soul."

Scott holds a B.A. in English from Hiram College. While at Hiram he studied Shakespeare's Histories in Cambridge, ran track, and played drums in

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Scott Lax is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He was called "A master wordsmith of the first order" by The Midwest Book Review, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was called "Powerful" and named as one of 1998's Milestones in Fiction by The Denver Post, alongside authors Alice Walker, Phillip Roth, Tim O'Brien, Barbara Kingsolver, Jay McInerney, Stephen King, and Anne Rice. Of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers wrote, "Mesmerizing and masterful…Aching suspense…Scott Lax gets inside the head of a lethal sociopath while maintaining a loving evocation of a quiet Ohio town with a Richard Russo-like respect for the human soul."

Scott holds a B.A. 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 has been 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.

A twice-produced playwright, for his two-act stage adaptation of The Year That Trembled, Lax is an award-winning movie producer, short story writer, nonfiction writer, journalist, speechwriter for national figures, and TV writer who has written for ESPN and Comedy Central, and others.

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. Scott lives in the Chagrin Valley with his wife, Lydia, and 8-year-old son, Finn. – July 2019

Degree BA, English: Hiram College

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