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!  Darlene Montonaro will be our guest presenter.  Plan on joining us the weekend of November 3-5 at the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast at Lakeside, Ohio’s Chautauqua on Lake Erie.

“Falling in Love with the Rewriting Process”:  Rewriting can be painful and tedious, but during our time at the workshop, we will discover the exhilarating power of revision.  Whether working on the first draft or the tenth, we’ll help each other identify our strengths, and focus down on our creative weaknesses (we all have them!).  We’ll work to shape pedestrian language into powerful sentences and paragraphs, sharpen our ability to recognize unnecessary words and details, and discover tools to help find the best words and put them in the best order. You’ll leave with a checklist for reviewing your future drafts, and a toolbox of resources to inspire you to fall in love with the revision process. Darlene Montonaro is a poet, whose work has appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines including Calyx, Slipstream, Visions International, Earth’s Daughters, Blueline, Poetry Motel, The Comstock Review, Abraxas, and the Buddhist Poetry Review.  Four of her poems were also anthologized in the book Illness and Grace: Terror & Transformation, published by Wising Up Press (Decatur, GA).  She credits the twelve years she spent as the Executive Director of the Poets & Writers League/The Lit (where she worked with and learned from this area’s finest writers) for sustaining her writing efforts. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Literary Cleveland and is a founding member of the poetry group Take Nine.  In 2016 she was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture through a program made possible by a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


“Telling a Tale”:  How do writers Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Tobias Wolff, Bill Bryson, and Jon Krakauer pull us right into the stories they tell? By studying their writing and distinguishing their voices and practicing their techniques, we can learn to bring stories to life. This program will look at literary forms employed by great non-fiction writers to bring authenticity and natural voice to your writing, whether it’s non-fiction or fiction, novels or vignettes or profiles. Participants will write and share, using the techniques learned in current projects. By the end of the class, you’ll understand that the story is in the telling. Claudia Taller is a writer, artist, yoga instructor, and initiator from Northeast Ohio who has written about 400 travel, history, and lifestyle articles for over 25 local and national publications, two of her most recent being “One Runner Finds Strength to Stay Sober Through Running” for Women’s Running and “Shimmering Lakes and Quality Wines” for TheWineBuzz. Her published books are Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries (2011), Ohio’s Canal Country Wineries (2015), 30 Perfect Days (2014), and Daffodils and Fireflies (2015): She is an avid Artist’s Way fan, which evolved into creation of Igniting Possibilities Events twelve years ago. She chose to attend Kent State University because of her love of art, but found a passion for literature and writing, eventually earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Writing Certificate from Kent State after interning with the Kent State University Press, serving as editor of the campus literary magazine, and working with faculty on creation of the KSU’s Writing Certificate Program.  She’s held the office of President in the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, Skyline Writers, and the Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Chapter.


“Poetry in Motion”:  Poetry is filled with emotions and nuances that move the reader and delight the soul. Learn to write prose, poetry, or narratives that are filled with emotions and visuals that connect with the reader of poetry. Enhance your craft while having fun. At the end of the session, you will be encouraged to try your hand at some “Emotion-Packed” poetry or just sit back, relax, and listen to Mary’s soothing voice as she shares some fantastic emotion-packed poetry with you!  Mary Bodnar is a workshop leader and retreat facilitator who has conducted a wide variety of workshops for retreats, including Artists Way, Sharing Our Gifts, Camp Mowana, and Word Lovers, and Contemplative Practices at River’s Edge Retreat Center, and at retirement centers, and for private groups.  She has shared her love of poetry, not only through her dance performance programs but as a poetry writing educator with a variety of groups. Her Odes Writing Poetry Workshop has received accolades from attendees. She is a published writer, artist, dance instructor, and Director and Choreographer of Vibrant Wind Dancers, a performing dance group she founded that embraces Middle Eastern style and interpretive dance, music and poetry. She has been published articles in a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including Great Lakes Mariner Magazine, Cleveland/Akron Family Magazine, Lake Erie Living Magazine, CBC (Cleveland Business Connect) Magazine, and Cleveland Jewish News.  She is also Editor and Press Agent for “Music of Our Spheres: A Collection of Ruminations,” a poetry collection available on Amazon.com. In addition she was the Theater Critic and a regular contributing writer covering human interest stories for the Lakewood Observer.

 The non-refundable $50 deposit can be made by sending an email to Claudia Taller at Claudia.taller@yahoo.com and paying the deposit through the link below. The cost of the weekend is $359/single room or $249/shared room, and the balance can be paid by Paypal (Claudia will bill you) or by check payable to Claudia and sent to 26408 Chapel Hill Drive, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070. Rooms are assigned as reservations come in.



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.