Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Our next workshop (peer critique) will be in Central Ohio on December 5, 2018 at 7pm. Log into your free OhioWriters.org account to get the time and place details, as well as to download the stories we’ll be discussing.

You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member to attend the workshop and provide feedback to the writers who have submitted their work for review. This workshop is free and open to the public.

And don’t forget to check out our Novel Writing Class beginning this winter. If you’d like to write a novel, this class is an invaluable resource.

Submit Your Work for Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Columbus, Ohio on December 5, 2018.  If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, November 26.

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 November 27 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 December 5 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 December 5th.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 5th, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

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Make 2019 Your Year to Write a Great Novel – OWA Winter Classes

Receive the guidance and support you need to complete a novel manuscript. The Ohio Writers’ Association will provide a 4-week intensive class, coupled with a 12-month support system for first-time novelists.  Log into your account and navigate to “Register for Classes” to register now. Don’t have an account? It’s free and easy to create one.

The month of November is almost over, which means that a significant portion of your writing community is hitting the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) wall.  No disrespect to NaNo, but writing a novel in a month is a serious challenge.  We have nothing but love and respect for those who pull it off, but for many of us, it may not be reasonable to crank out a novel that quickly, at least not with any expectation that the thing will be worth reading.

What if instead of writing a novel in a month, you make 2019 your novel writing year? (“NaNoWriYe” if you will?) We are offering a 4-week novel writing course in January, followed by a monthly support group check-in for the remaining 11 months. In December, we’ll celebrate all of the complete novels.  We think this is a more realistic goal, and with some guidance and support you can draft a great novel that’s worth writing.

Brad Pauquette, OWA President and Course Instructor

This course will be taught by OWA President Brad Pauquette.  Brad is an experienced developmental editor, with a client list that includes New York Times bestselling authors and professional athletes. He’s been working with new authors to develop award-winning books since 2009.

Over the 4-week course we’ll cover the fundamentals of crafting an effective novel, practical tools for organizing and executing your project, methods for time management and writing discipline, and narrative technique.  You’ll be equipped with the tools to proceed into your project with confidence.

For the support sessions, February through November, we’ll check in once per month to evaluate progress, tackle questions that might arise, and you’ll find solidarity with your classmates.  In December, we’ll meet to celebrate our finished manuscripts.

Class participants will also receive two one-on-one support sessions with the course instructor over the course of the program.

This is a picture of you, hard at work for 3-4 hours per week.

In order to complete this class and draft a novel, you’ll need to be prepared to devote 3-4 hours per week to writing independently, in addition to the classroom instruction time.

Writing a novel is difficult.  Regardless of your writing skill, it takes an exceptional amount of perseverance and forbearance.  This class will give you the tools, motivation, and accountability to complete the project.

This class will be offered in Zanesville, Ohio and in Columbus, Ohio, as well as online.

The price of the class is $499.  OWA Writer and Patron members save $30.  Register by December 15th to save an additional $20.  Class space is limited. We’re committed to small classes, even for the online group, so don’t wait to register.

To register: Log into your OhioWriters.org account (If you don’t have one, click here to create one for free) From the “Member’s Home” screen, click “Register for Classes.” Select the class you’d like to take, and follow the prompts to complete payment.

4-WEEK INSTRUCTIONAL CLASS:
In Columbus (Saturday afternoons, 1pm-4pm, January 5, 12, 19 and 26)
In Zanesville (Wednesday evening, 6:30pm-9:30pm, January 9, 16, 23 and 30)
Online (Live in Zanesville/Interactive on Wednesday evenings. Recorded classes can be watched for 7 days. Provided via Zoom.)

SUPPORT SESSIONS:
In Columbus (Saturday afternoons, 4th Saturday of each month)
Zanesville & Web Participants (Wednesday evenings, 4th Wednesday of each month)

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Frequently-Asked-Questions:

I can’t make all of the support groups, what should I do?
You’re welcome to take the classes, and come to the support groups as you’re able. We recognize that a year is a long time to schedule out, and you may take a vacation, change work schedules, etc. over the course of the year.  These support sessions are for your benefit, so just do your best.

Can I switch support sessions?
If you need to come sometimes to the Zanesville and other times to the Columbus support session, or join via the web, that’s OK.  Just let us know ahead of time.

How do I connect to the online courses?
Online courses will be provided via Zoom.  Learn more at Zoom.us.  It’s easy to connect and participate.  Specific instructions will be sent to individuals who register for the class.  You can connect to a Zoom class with virtually any computer, phone, or tablet device.

Can I ask questions if I take the course online?
Yes! Taking the class online is just like taking the class in-person, just so you’re watching live.  If you watch the recordings of the classes instead of the live class, you of course won’t be able to ask questions and interact.

Have a different question? Contact us today.

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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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.

LAST CALL: Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop – August 1st, 2018 at 7pm

To have your work peer-reviewed at our Central Ohio writers’ workshop on August 1, please email it to workshops@ohiowriters.org this weekend! All work must be received by 7am on Monday morning, July 23.

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.

All of the stories selected for the workshop will be posted to our website no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, July 24th, 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.

Columbus Writers’ Workshop – Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm

Our next writers’ workshop will be in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm.  UPDATE: This workshop will be held at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington, Ohio. The address is 1000 Old Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147 (click for map). The party room is reserved under “Ohio Writers’ Association.”

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, July 23rd.

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, July 24th, 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.