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."
2009 - The Hub City Writers' Workshop of South Carolina awards the first annual Scott Lax Prize in Writing to Josette Davison.
2002 - City of Cleveland Certificate of Congratulations for body of work
1999 - Named to fourteen-person list of Hiram College’s “Most Illustrious Alumni"
• Writing coaching within organizations
• Website content copy and development
• Sensitive and confidential executive documents
• Corporate and Institutional Histories (Click SIFCO logo to the left for an example or see the 2013 Indians MLB Media Guide, "A History of the Cleveland Indians," pages 2-15)
• Video scripts
• Video, documentary or feature script consultation/script doctoring
• Written communication consultation
• Speeches: executive; academic; civic; political; nonprofit causes. (Speechwriting contingent upon subject approval and agreement between client and Scott.)
• ...And many other elements of corporate communications...just ask.
Please contact me by clicking the CONTACT link, above. -- Scott Lax
JENNIFER GIBSON, MANAGER OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, THE CLEVELAND INDIANS
"I've had the pleasure of working with Scott since 2011. Scott provides personalized business writing coaching to individuals in my organization. From personal experience and feedback from coached individuals, he has demonstrated that he is an expert on the subject matter. Furthermore, Scott is always engaging; he is professional, yet personable.
Scott's methodology is both instructional and experiential, which allows for a great deal of flexibility for coached individuals."
Service Category: Business Writing Coach
Year first hired: 2011
Top Qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
• • •
STEVEN CHILES, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, MAJESTIC STEEL USA, CLEVELAND, OH:
“Working with Scott was a pleasure and we look forward to continuing our relationship for future writing efforts. High integrity, personable and eager to partner with us in meaningful ways.” Personable, On Time, High Integrity. August 31, 2011
• • •
BRIAN GLAZEN, OWNER, THINK MEDIA STUDIOS, CLEVELAND, OH
"Scott has written critical executive speeches for think as well as high tech product video scripts. He continues to impress our clients. When your message is priority and communications are delicate, call on Scott Lax."
• • •
RICHARD WINTER, PRESIDENT, WINTER CORPORATION, GREATER BOSTON MA AREA:
“Scott Lax helped me build my company into an internationally recognized expert consultant in large scale data management.
In the early years of my venture, when it was not widely known, Scott helped me develop exceptionally valuable customer relationships in the midwestern US. He always worked hard on my behalf and used his outstanding skills in communication -- oral and written -- to help me meet the people who could make a difference; to discover and create opportunities; to build and sustain customer relationships; and, to present the company capabilities and accomplishments in the way most meaningful to our customers.
In short, he helped to accomplish every type of task needed to meet our development goals in the area. Scott served as an outstanding consultant and representative of my company. His exceptional writing talent was an important part of this, but so were his passion, creativity, persistence and people skills.” May 18, 2011
• • •
THE REV. DR. BERNARD R. WILSON, SR. MINISTER OF THE NORFIELD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, CT.; ASST. CHAPLAIN OF THE MARINE CORPS (RET)
"I have worked with Scott Lax on a number of speeches, all of which resulted in extremely well-received presentations on my part. Scott works hard on research and originality, and it shows. He’s detailed when he needs to be, lyrical when the words call for something special, and he’s a pleasure to collaborate with. As a writer experienced in many genres, Scott’s been able to help me articulate my voice, and he does so with respect and good humor. My subject matter is sometimes delicate and complex, a challenge that Scott seems to relish. I give Scott Lax my highest recommendation as a speech writer and presentation consultant.”
• • •
- JOYCE A. BANJAC, PhD, VP ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND STUDENT SERVICES AT JEFFERSON COLLEGE; PRESIENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE FIRST GENERATION FOUNDATION
"Scott is an accomplished writer and talented instructor. Beyond his long list of published works and literary accolades, I am additionally impressed with his character. He exudes kindness and helpfulness in his words and his deeds as demonstrated by his humility, openness and good cheer.
"Despite Scott’s literary accomplishments, his teaching demeanor is never boastful or egotistical, but rather, is welcoming, warm and encouraging. Scott’s nurturing, helpful instructional style is compatible with the pedagogical needs of today’s community college students. I am confident that his students will become better, stronger and more talented writers.
"As an educator, professor, dean and VPAA with years of trial-and error experience in recruiting, staffing and evaluating faculty, I can size up a potential faculty member rather quickly. As such, Scott Lax has earned my highest recommendation and my strongest support".
ABOUT SCOTT LAX
Scott Lax is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, nonfiction writer, feature film and television writer and producer, corporate communications specialist and writing coach and teacher of nonfiction and fiction. He has two novels scheduled for publication and a stage play scheduled for production (all to be announced in the late spring or summer of 2013).
Scott attended Kent State University, graduated from Hiram College and studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge. Scott will begin his graduate assistantship at Cleveland State Univ. through the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) in creative writing in the fall of 2013.
Before he became a professional writer, Scott was salesman and drummer, performing with Bo Diddley, among many other musicians. He began writing professionally in 1992, becoming a the Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1993, and the Walter E. Dakin Sewanee Fellow in Fiction in 1998 for his novel, THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED.
That novel was called “powerful” and named one of the year’s “Milestones in Fiction” by The Denver Post.The Midwest Book Review wrote, “Articulate with passion, humor and heartbreak, THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED brings back a tumultuous time of conflict and pain endured by so many in such a diverse period in our country and our families.”
Blending his creative writing skills with his prior experience in business, Scott is also a corporate communications specialist, and has written for and consulted with some of the top organizations globally in sports, manufacturing, information technology, government and civic, academia, marketing and advertising.
As a teacher, Scott Lax has taught fiction and creative nonfiction at dozens of writers’ workshops, such as the Wildacres Writers Workshop in NC (where a scholarship was established in his name). He has been author-in-residence at numerous schools such as University School, Hawken School, Western Reserve Academy, and Chagrin Falls Schools.
Scott Lax has also been a featured speaker at numerous educational institutions, including giving the commencement address at Hiram College in 2001.
In 2011 and 2012, Scott co-wrote, co-created and executive produced a TV pilot with Martin Mull and Fred Willard. He has also written for Comedy Central Television.
Scott lives with his wife, Lydia, and their first child together, Finn Scott.