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About Scott

Scott Lax is an award-winning writer and producer a full-time lecturer in Screenwriting and Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Scott holds a BA English from Hiram College, studied Shakespeare at Cambridge, is a recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction, and of the Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction.


His first novel, The Year That Trembled, was called "powerful" and named one of the year's "milestones in fiction" by the Denver Post, alongside books by authors such as Alice Walker, Stephen King, Ann Rice, Tim O'Brien, Andrea Barrett, and Phillip Roth.


He produced the feature film version of his novel. The Year That Trembled, a feature film, garnered him four first-place film festival awards, including "Midwest Filmmaker of the Year" by the Cleveland International Film Festival.


In 2003, Scott adapted his novel as a The Year That Trembled, A Play in Two Acts, 2-act stage play that premiered at Cleveland's University School to sold-out audiences, and was produced again in 2013 at US. He is currently adapting the play for professional theatres. 


Scott's 2nd novel, Vengeance Follows, was called "A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature," by the Midwest Book Review, and he has completed the screenplay adaptation of the novel. 


Previously, Scott worked as a magazine and newspaper columnist and features writer, a marketing and business development professional and executive, speechwriter, and content creator.


Also a professional drummer, Scott performed with many great musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bo Diddley. Scott lives in the Chagrin Valley with his wife Lydia and son Finn. – March 2022




Awards & Recognition


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."