Partnering with the Y-Bridge Arts Festival – August 3rd and 4th, 2018

Y Bridge Arts Festival ZanesvilleWe are partnering with the Y-Bridge Arts Festival to provide an author’s signing and book sales booth on August 3rd and 4th in Zanesville, Ohio.

The Y-Bridge Arts Festival has graciously invited us to facilitate a presence for authors and the written word.

This year we will offer books by Ohio authors for sale, as well as schedule an hour per author for book signings.

If you would like to sell your book at the booth, please send us an email at You do not need to be an OWA member to participate. Interested authors must respond by 7/20.

The Husband by Aaron Daniel BehrAaron Behr, OWA Author, and author of The Husband (find it on Amazon here), has volunteered to facilitate the booth. Thanks to Aaron’s service, authors will only need to be present during their book signing hour.

Questions? Shoot us an email, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

If you are a paid OWA member, you may also ask questions and discuss this event on the Members’ Forum. Not a member? Become one today.

Zanesville Writers’ Workshop – July 3, 2018 Stories Posted

The story packet for the July 3rd Writers’ Workshop in Zanesville, Ohio has been posted to the website.

You do NOT need to submit work for the workshop to attend, and you do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

To access the stories, log in at If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free by registering here.

After you log in, navigate to “Workshop Materials and Information.”  On this page, there is a link to download a ZIP folder which contains the stories we’ll be critiquing at this workshop.

Please do your best to read as many of these stories as you can before you arrive, so that we’re all prepared to provide productive feedback to the authors who have submitted them.

Questions? Please check out our Workshop FAQ, or contact us.

Zanesville Writers’ Workshop – July 3, 2018

We are partnering with Y-City Writers to offer a writers’ workshop in Zanesville on July 3, 2018 at 6:30pm.  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 no later than 7am on Monday morning, June 25th.

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, June 26, 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

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

Ohio Writers’ Association Name Change FAQ

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we continue to iron out the details with our new name and website. We are still working with Facebook to update our account there, but the rest of our social media is now updated.

We are also working out a few remaining bugs with the website, but those are resolving nicely. If you notice any bugs, please don’t hesitate to contact us to let us know.

Here are some of the most popular questions we’ve received about this update:

I previously had a membership with CCC, do I need to do anything?

Nope! You’re totally good to go. You only need to contact us if you were previously a member of Columbus Creative Cooperative, and for some reason you’d rather not have your membership carry over to the Ohio Writers’ Association.

The membership prices have changed, will I need to pay more?

Nope! If you have an existing Writer Member account from CCC, your price is locked in from when you originally registered. Your price is grandfathered in.  As long as you maintain your subscription for the account, your price will remain the same. Note that if you allow the membership to lapse for any reason, you will lose your original price, and will need to reactivate your account at the current rates.

“Sponsor Members” from CCC have been automatically migrated to become “Patron Members.”

When will new book publishing projects be announced?

Emily Hitchcock, our director of publishing, is finalizing plans for the next publishing project. We’ll be opening up submissions for a new publishing project this summer.

Something on the website is broken, what do I do?

Sorry about that. Don’t panic. You can either wait and come back later, or you can contact us and let us know about it.  If it’s an issue with your account, please let us know so that we can get it straightened out.

What’s the “Writers’ Directory?”

The writers’ directory will be added shortly, and will be just what it sounds like. We’ll publicly list all of the writers in Ohio, as well as relevant qualifications and certifications, so that companies and individuals in need of a writer can find one.

All Writer Member and Patron Member accounts are eligible to be included in the Writers’ Directory. You do not have to be listed publicly if you would prefer not to be.

When can I register for classes?

Very soon! Our top priority right now is completing the migration, and making sure we are virtually bug free. As soon as that is complete, we will add capabilities to register for classes with OWA. We’re excited to offer them!

Something else?

If your question isn’t listed here, please contact us. We’re happy to help!


Water Cycle Project “Family Fun Ride”

The Water Cycle Project ( is an organization that I’m very close to.  It’s a zero-overhead non-profit that raises money to drill fresh water wells in rural India.

If you’re not busy this Sunday afternoon (8/28), check out their Family Fun Ride at Three Creeks Metro Park.  You can find information on the website here,, or on the Facebook page:

Food and games will all be free.

It’ll be a nice afternoon at one of Columbus’ fantastic metro parks, and they have quite a few really nice prizes to give away.  Plus it supports a fantastic, 100% efficient cause – every dollar raised goes directly to drilling wells.

I hope to see you there.

Why is it called a “Story Salon”?

At first, I too was under the impression that I could get my hair did and nails touched up while we read stories at the first Columbus Story Salon on August 27, but apparently that’s not the case.

The salon is a type of gathering to share ideas, poetry and culture for “pleasure and education” that was popular in Europe, mostly France, around the 17th century.  You can find a much better explanation on wikipedia here:

When event organizer Amy S. Dalrymple first suggested the name, it took me a few minutes to get over the fact that I can’t breathe noxious fumes while we listen to great live stories.  But I got over it, now it just seems like a great title.

Will you be attending the first Columbus Story Salon, a free story reading event at Kafe Kerouac on August 27?  I hope to see you there.

Also, check it out on Facebook:

Cycling Across Ohio Dude!

As an executive member of Columbus Creative Cooperative, it’s my duty to inform you that I’ll be cycling across Ohio this weekend!

250 miles along Historic U.S. Route 40 over three days should be a great time.  If you haven’t yet, check out The Water Cycle Project ( and consider making a donation.

Also, check for updates on the blog and on the Water Cycle Project’s Facebook page this weekend as we post from the road.

It’s a great cause, and a zero-overhead organization.  You can also join us for our Circum-Ohio trip this fall – 900 miles around the perimeter of Ohio.

Nothing gets the old creative juices flowing like 17 hours on a bike seat!

6 Reasons to Avoid GoDaddy for Your Author Website

Setting up a website and integrating yourself into online networks is an important step for an author.

There are a lot of good ways to do it, and a lot of bad ways too.  Sometimes what appears to be the cheapest option is not the best.

This is a great article on why GoDaddy might not be the best option.  From my experience as a web developer, it’s all very true.