Word Lovers Events


Word Lovers Weekends create the time and space for writers to write and be in the company of other writers. This is our 10th year!  John Ettorre, who was with us at the beginning, will be our guest presenter.  Plan on joining us the weekend of June 2-4 at the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast at Lakeside, Ohio’s Chautauqua on Lake Erie.

Whether you’re an accomplished or aspiring poet, novelist or nonfiction writer, the ability to write well about your life will eventually be an essential arrow in your quiver.  Few have plundered their own life for such pleasing ends as the late author and legendary writing guru William Zinsser. His book Writing About Your Life: A Journey Into the Past is an enduring classic on the subject. His work and his life will form the spiritual curriculum for a session on memoir by John Ettorre, who benefited greatly from a 25-year friendship and deep continuing conversation with his mentor, Mr. Zinsser.  John is a thoughtful essayist, a prolific journalist, a creator of web copy, a coach, an editor, a lover of words.

On Saturday afternoon, Claudia Taller, a writer, yoga teacher, and igniter of possibilities, will lead the group in a writing abundantly workshop.  The workshop will begin with some writing therapy through poetry making and move into some meditation and visualization as participants examine their writing journeys and move towards a more productive, soul-energizing, and writing-immersed future.

On Sunday morning, we will focus on grammar and self-editing processes.  In this constantly-changing world of communication, Strunk & White doesn’t always help. We’ll look at proper names, punctuation, use of adverbs and adjectives, tenses, point of view, and sentence structure with college professors through The Great Courses curriculum.  As part of this exercise, writers will submit a 5-page manuscript prior to the weekend and those manuscripts will be read ahead of time using the basic rules.

Weekend Agenda:

Friday–noon arrival time, 4:00 group walk, 6:30 dinner followed by group storytelling

Saturday–8:30 breakfast, 9:30 John’s Workshop, 12:30 lunch, 1:30 Claudia’s workshop, 8:00 open mike

Sunday–8:00 morning stretch, 9:00 breakfast and group sharing, 10:00 grammar workshop, noon farewells

Registration:  Weekend Fees are $249/weekend for a shared room (roommates can be assigned or bring your own) and $359/weekend for a private room.  Stay over on Thursday night for the bonus price of $50.  The fourteen guest rooms are assigned on a first come-first serve basis, and they DO sell out—-pay your non-refundable deposit through PayPal below and email your room choice to claudia.taller@yahoo.com (Go to Idlewyld Website to look at rooms).  Commuters pay $159.


Do you love working with words, telling stories, and have a burning desire to get them onto paper, and perhaps, out into the world? If so, join writer Claudia Taller on the third Tuesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) for the Word Lovers Salon.  Write together, get feedback, learn about aspects of the craft of writing, and brainstorm, all with other writers who love to write and know that they “have” to do it. Whether you write poetry, personal essays, short stories, novels, or cartoons, you are encouraged to join us on third Thursdays to explore the craft of writing and learn from the masters—yes, we will read great writing in an effort to improve our own. All meetings begin at 6:30PM. The cost is $20/session. Spend pleasant evenings with other word lovers.


Armored with a degree in English and a background in editing and legal writing, I can help writers with copy editing (grammar, spelling, sentence structure) and overall general editing (story arc, character believability, overwriting, word choice).  In 2015, Claudia started working with several writers one-on-one, and it’s been a collaborative adventure. The cost depends on the project and the writer’s needs.