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"A master wordsmith of the first order." – The Midwest Book Review 

Born in the City of Cleveland, Ohio, Scott Lax is a novelist, nonfiction author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and writing teacher. Scott is on the Liberal Arts faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches screenwriting and creative writing.

Scott was called, "A master wordsmith of the first order," by The Midwest Book Review. He has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. Among his awards and recognitions are a Certificate of Congratulations from the City of Cleveland for his body of work (2002), and induction into the Chagrin Falls High School Achievement Hall of Fame on October 6, 2016.

He's taught at Cleveland’s University School, Hiram College, and lectured and guest-taught at numerous writers’ conferences, universities and high schools throughout the country. The Denver Post called Scott’s first novel, The Year That Trembled, "powerful," and named it one of 1998’s "Milestones in Fiction.” The Midwest Book Review wrote of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.”

Scott won four 1st-place film festival awards as producer of the feature film version of The Year That Trembled, including “Midwest Filmmaker of the Year” from the Cleveland International Film Festival. He is also a produced playwright and award-winning short story and nonfiction writer. A longtime professional drummer who's played with Bo Diddley, among many others, in 2012 Scott was co-creator, co-executive producer and co-writer for a TV pilot with Fred Willard and Martin Mull. He's currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Vengeance Follows.

Scott resides in the Chagrin Valley in Ohio with his wife, Lydia, where they live with their 8-year-old son.

– April, 2019



Oct. 6, 2016 - Inducted into the Chagrin Falls High School Achievement Hall of Fame

2002 - City of Cleveland Certificate of Congratulations for body of work.

1999 - Named to fourteen-person list of Hiram College’s “Most Illustrious Alumni"

February 14, 2010 - Scott Lax's short story, "Sales Call," won 2nd Place for MUSE Magazine's 2010 Literary Competition.

1999 - The Year That Trembled, a Novel named Vermont Book of the Year, Runner-Up.

Dec. 1998 - The Year That Trembled, a Novel, named of of 1998’s “Milestones in Fiction by Denver Post.

1998 - Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Univ. of the South), Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction

March, 2011 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2011 Communications Contest, Scott Lax won First Place for Writing for the Web, Columns or Commentary

May 22, 2010 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2010 Communications Contest, Scott Lax won Second Place for "Original Columns, General."

May 16, 2009 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2009 Communication Contest, Scott Lax was awarded:

1. First Place for "Original Columns, General"

2. First Place for "Feature Story, Magazine"

3. Second Place for "Special Series, Print Media."

June 2008: Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award, statewide competition, sponsored by The Cleveland Press Club, Honorable Mention, Best Single Essay, Open Print

1993 - Bread Loaf Writer’ Conference (Middlebury College), Bernard J. O’Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction

1994, 1995 - Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Staff Scholarship

2002 - Midwest Filmmaker of the Year, Cleveland International Film Festival

2002 - Producer’s Award, Winner, People’s Choice, Cincinnati International Film Festival

2002 - Producer’s Award, Winner, Best Regional Feature, Cincinnati International Film Festival

2002 - Bessie’s People’s Choice Award, Burlington, VT City Arts, Favorite Film

2010 - The Hub City Writers' Workshop of South Carolina awards the second annual Scott Lax Prize in Writing to Bertrice Robinson. The Scott Lax Prize is a full-ride, one-week scholarship to the Wild Acres Writers Workshop in North Carolina. This award was established in 2008 by Hillcrest Publications of Spartanburg, S.C., "in recognition of novelist Scott Lax of Ohio

Scott's alma mater, Chagrin Falls High School, inducted him into their Achievement Hall of Fame in October 2016