Announcement — The Winner of The Great Novella Contest 2018

We are pleased to announce the winner of The Great Novella Contest 2018!  After our judges sorted through a multitude of submissions, publishing director Emily Hitchcock selected the Grand Champion.  Every manuscript submitted was reviewed by at least one judge.

The Busker by Brooks Rexroat is the Grand Champion of The Great Novella Contest 2018!  Congratulations, Brooks!

As champion, Brooks Rexroat will receive a publishing contract with Ragged Crow, imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association.

Brooks Rexroat was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio at the intersection of the Rust Belt and Appalachia: the crossing point of mountain and farm field, boarded mine and shuttered factory, the water that splits north from south. The importance of place has always surrounded him, and it deeply inhabits his characters. His most recent publication is Thrift Store Coats (Orson’s Publishing, 2018).

You can learn more about Brooks’ published work and his travels here: www.brooksrexroat.com.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a novella manuscript to this year’s contest.  We opened this contest on a hunch that there were short manuscripts out there by writers worth publishing, and your submissions proved us right. As always, we are forever grateful that you trust us with your work.  Running a contest with integrity that presents legitimate opportunities is something that we take very seriously, and it wouldn’t be possible without the participation of so many fantastic writers.

A huge special thank you goes to Columbus Publishing Lab for sponsoring Columbus Publishing Labthis contest. Columbus Publishing Lab provides outstanding production and marketing work for small presses like OWA and Columbus Press, as well as individual authors around the country.  Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab’s books and services here. 

Thank you to everyone who helped publicize and promote the contest, and to those who served as part of our judging committee.

Congratulations to Brooks Rexroat for this tremendous accomplishment.  Keep an eye out for The Busker in 2019.

Submit for Zanesville Workshop – Nov. 6

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Zanesville, Ohio on November 6, 2018.  If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, October 29.

Submit your work by emailing it to workshops@ohiowriters.org.  If you’re able, please convert your work to a PDF before sending it.

All of the work that is received and selected for the workshop will be posted to the members-only area of the website by the end of the day on October 30 so that everyone can download it and read it in advance of the workshop.

You may submit short stories, essays, novel chapters, poetry, or any other written work to the group for review.  Note that if your work is accepted for the workshop, we expect you to read and provide feedback to the other writers. If you submit, you must be present at the workshop on November  6 to receive feedback.

You are welcome to attend the workshop and provide feedback even if you have not submitted any work for review. This workshop is free. While you do need an OWA membership to download the work, it is free and easy to become a member by registering here.

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on November 6th.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 6th, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

Writers Workshop

Blog Writing Class This Saturday – Registration Open

Blogging is like making chili. Do it well and you’re a hero, the stuff of legend. Do it poorly, and it’s just another pot of beans your friends have to pretend to enjoy.

Our blog writing class will be this Saturday at 9:30am in Zanesville, Ohio.  We have a few spots left. Login to sign up for classes today. Don’t have an account? It’s free and easy to create one. Register here.

Do you dream of influencing others on your own blog, or as a guest blogger? Do you plan to promote a book or product now or in the future?

Or perhaps you’re already blogging, but you’re just not seeing the response you anticipated.

Blogging is a unique craft. Just like there’s a difference between novels and advertising copy and short stories, blogging is a unique format with a different set of audience expectations. Understanding the blogging industry and the way that readers interact with your words is a critical step to writing effectively on the web.

Brad Pauquette will teach this class. Brad is an experienced web marketing professional with a decade of experience in publishing. He’s worked with hundreds of authors to produce and market their books, and to help them create effective content for the web. This class will provide practical instruction, real-life scenarios, and practice exercises.

Your class fee includes this Saturday’s class, as well as the writing for blogging workshop on November 3rd.

If you can blog effectively, there is so much to be gained–changed hearts and minds, viral publicity, advertising and affiliate income. But blogging poorly is simply a waste of time (yours and the readers).

OSU doesn’t play until 7:30pm Saturday night. Let’s put your morning to good use.

Login to register today, and navigate to “Register for Fall Classes.”

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Writers’ Workshop November 6, 2018 in Zanesville, Ohio

Our next writers’ workshop will be held in Zanesville on November 6, 2018 at 6:30pm, in partnership with the Y-City Writers.  This workshop will be held at 47 S. 7th St., Zanesville, OH 43701, parking is available across the street.

This is a peer critique for short fiction, essays, poetry and novel chapters. All are welcome to attend. You do NOT need to be an OWA member to attend. And you do NOT need to submit any work to attend, you’re welcome to come and provide feedback to others.

If you would like your work critiqued by the group, please email it to workshops@ohiowriters.org no later than 7am on Monday morning, October 29th.

If you’re able, please submit your work as a PDF document. Submissions must be less than 10,000 words.

All of the stories selected for the workshop will be posted to our website no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, November 7, 2018, so that everyone can download them, read them in advance, and prepare their feedback.

Questions? Please see our Workshop FAQ Page, or contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org.

Can’t make it to the writers’ workshop? Paid members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online feedback forumBecome a member today.

Writers' Workshop

Learn WordPress – You Won’t Regret It – Class Seats Open This Saturday

I’ve been working with authors for a lot of years.  We launched our first official class series this year. One of the reasons that we started with our Certified Blogger series is that it truly is a skillset that can be the difference between success and failure for an emerging author. Effectively using the internet is a huge stumbling block for so many authors trying to promote their own work.

If you’re not already enrolled in our classes, you are too late to get the full series. But this week’s class, WordPress 1, is the best stand-alone class that you can take. And we still have a few spots left.

This class will teach you how to use a WordPress website. We’ll show you how to post content, create and revise pages, use categories, install and use themes and plugins, and make simple modifications to your website. This class begins at 9:30a.m. this Saturday, October 6th.  Registration closes Friday evening.

Yes, it’s in Zanesville, but it is absolutely worth the drive. It’s less than an hour drive from downtown Columbus to our office in Zanesville. We’ll wrap up by 2pm, and you can still be home in time for the kickoff of OSU vs. Indiana.

If you’re thinking about releasing a book in the future (whether independently or traditionally), or you’re thinking about blogging (or maybe you already have a WordPress website and you’re just not confident with it) this class will give you the skills and confidence you need to make your website work for you.

This class is in the middle of the series, but there are no prerequisites. We’ll be starting from scratch. If you can turn your computer on and get to a website, you know enough to take this class.  We’ll be starting from the beginning and learning all of the basic functions of a WordPress website. We’ll use real-life examples to practice and internalize the lessons.

If you want to be an income-earning author, now or in the future, make sure WordPress is in your tool bag. You will use it. This class is a great way to start.

To register for classes, simply login to your OWA account here. If you don’t yet have an account, it’s free and easy to create one. Writer Members of OWA ($35/year), get pretty good discounts on classes.

Have questions? Cool! Please contact us at info@ohiowriters.org.

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Central Ohio Workshop This Wednesday – October 3rd, 2018

Our next writers’ workshop will be this Wednesday, October 3rd in Pickerington, Ohio.

Our writers’ workshops are peer-critique meetings. Authors submit short stories and novel excerpts they’ve written in advance, to be evaluated and discussed by their peers.

The stories for this workshop are available for download now. Simply login, and navigate to “Workshop Materials and Information” to find the download link.  You’ll also find the time and place details for this workshop.

Don’t have an OhioWriters.org account? It’s free and easy to create one here.

This workshop is free and open to the public. You do NOT need to be an OWA member or pay to attend.  You may attend and provide feedback to the other authors if you haven’t submitted a story for the group to review.

We’d love to see you there. Please contact us with any questions.

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LAST CHANCE: Register for Fall Classes – OWA Certified Blogger Series

Register for fall OWA classes today.  Our 6-class Certified Blogger curriculum begins on Saturday, September 22.

This week is your last chance to register. Register for classes by signing into your OWA account here. Don’t have an account? It’s free and easy to create on here.

A good writer is hard to find. A good writer who can effectively implement and broadcast their content on the internet is worth their weight in gold.

Whether you’re thinking ahead to promoting your own book, or you’d like to sell your talents as a freelancer, this 6-class series will give you the skills and confidence you need to make money as a writer.

Class enrolees will gain a working understanding of HTML, WordPress websites, and the specific techniques and audience expectations when writing for blog readers. Don’t worry, regardless of your previous experience we make all of these topics approachable and easy to understand.

Brad Pauquette teaching a seminar
Brad Pauquette teaching a seminar at the Columbus Library.

These classes will be taught by Brad Pauquette. Brad is a publishing expert who came into the industry as a book marketing consultant, with an emphasis on scalable web-marketing solutions.  His friendly, hands-on approach to adult education uses real-world situations to build confidence and understanding.

Submit Your Work for October’s Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop

To have your work peer-reviewed at our Central Ohio writers’ workshop on Wednesday, October 3, please email it to workshops@ohiowriters.org this weekend! All work must be received by 7am on Monday morning, September 24.

This workshop will be held at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington. The address is 1000 Old Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147 (click for map).  The party room is reserved under “Ohio Writers’ Association.”  Please bring a few bucks to chip in for pizza or to grab a drink.

We will begin this workshop promptly at 7pm.

You do NOT need to be a paid member of OWA to submit work for peer review or to attend this workshop. And you may attend without submitting anything for review.

All workshop attendees are encouraged to download all of the stories prior to the workshop and to read them in advance.

SUBMISSIONS: If you’re able, please submit your work as a PDF document. Submissions must be less than 10,000 words, and must be received by 7am on Monday, July 23rd.

Note that if you’d like feedback on a novel section, 10,000 words is a lot of material. We recommend choosing a natural breaking section closer to 3,000-5,000 words, and if it’s not the beginning of the novel, please provide a paragraph of context for reviewers who have not read previous sections.

All of the stories selected for the workshop will be posted to our website no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, so that everyone can download them, read them in advance, and prepare their feedback.

Questions? Please see our Workshop FAQ Page, or contact us at workshops@ohiowriters.org.

Can’t make it to the writers’ workshop? Paid members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online feedback forum.  Become a member today.

The Great Novella Contest — Less Than a Month Remains!

Less than a month remains before the submissions period of the Great Novella Contest closes!

Submit your unpublished novella manuscript (15k–35k words) by September 27 for a chance to win a publishing contract with Ragged Crow, an imprint of OWA and publisher of the Columbus Creative Cooperative series of anthologies.

Get all of the details and instructions for entering by clicking here.

Why novellas? 

Too short to shop around to most publishing houses, but too long to find a home in a magazine or collection of short stories, novellas are the proverbial middle child. We have a hunch that there are a wealth of novellas languishing in drawers without good homes. The Great Novella Contest is a mechanism to see what short work is out there, and put one great piece of writing on the map.

Attention spans are shorter, people are busy, and there’s an unmet demand for books that can be consumed quickly. Novellas are the next big (small) thing. Submit yours today!

This contest is sponsored by Columbus Publishing Lab, a provider of exceptional publishing services for authors and small presses. Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab here.

Best of luck to all of the participating novella authors, and may the best manuscript win!

Problems submitting? Questions about this contest? Contact us at publishing@ohiowriters.org.

Fall Classes – Individual Class Registration Now Open

Our fall classes are now open for individual class registration. Simply login and then click “Register for Fall Classes” from the members’ home page to sign up for classes.

Don’t have an account yet? It’s free and easy to register here.

We have space remaining in all 6 classes this fall, including: HTML 1, HTML 2, WordPress 1, WordPress 2, Writing for Blogging and the Writing for Blogging Workshop.

These classes are designed to efficiently provide the practical information you need to increase its value of your writing skill set in the marketplace.  These skills are invaluable for freelancers and independent professionals, authors promoting their work, and are asset to potential employers.

You do NOT need to be a paid member to register for classes, but note that Writer and Patron members receive a substantial discount on the price for classes.

We have made a small adjustment to the pricing for these classes. The Writing for Blogging and Writing for Blogging Workshop classes are now priced as a complete 2-week class at $50 for both sessions ($60 for free/supporting members).

This also affects the price of the 6-week Certified Blogger Course. Those who have already registered have been contacted to correct and refund the adjustment.   The complete 6-class series is now $210 ($260 for free/supporting members).

Note that students who successfully complete the 6-class series are also eligible to take the Certified Blogger test at no charge.  Certified Bloggers will be listed on our website as qualified writers available for independent work, and they will also receive an official certification from OWA to use as a professional reference.

Questions about classes? Contact us. We can’t wait to see you this fall!