Now Hiring: Assistant Project Manager

We are seeking a motivated, organized, self-driven individual to join our team.

As our association has grown, so has the workload. We need someone who can keep all of our ducks in a row, and help us communicate all of our great programs and opportunities to the public.  OWA is currently volunteer run.  You will be the paid glue that keeps all of the pieces together.

While this position will initially be assisting with existing projects, there’s tremendous potential for growth for a candidate that can plug in and take care of business.

This part-time position will start at 10 hours per month.  Hours may fluctuate through the year as our projects change.  Most work may be performed at home or at our office in Zanesville, Ohio.   Candidate must be able to meet in Zanesville or Columbus as needed.

The Assistant Project Manager will assist other staff members with existing projects.  Duties will include social media management, correspondence, and administrative duties.  Strong writing and communication skills are essential.

There are no official requirements for this position. If you can communicate well and execute a task without supervision, please apply!

Interested? Shoot us an introductory email at info@OhioWriters.org, and tell us who you are and why this job could be the perfect fit.

Compensation: $9-12 per hour, depending on capabilities and experience.

Last Call: Year of the Novel Class

This is your last chance to sign up for our “Year of the Novel” class.  This class will provide the instruction, guidance, and support you’ve been craving, and you will finish a novel manuscript in 2019.

Learn more and register here: www.OhioWriters.org/class

This class is designed for busy adults, and this is the only time you can take it. So hurry! Classes start on January 9th!

Year of the Novel Class

Here are the answers to a few questions we’ve heard frequently:

Do I need to have an idea for a novel? Nope! If you already have an idea, great. But if you’re walking in as a blank slate, that’s even better. We’re going to show you how to develop an idea from scratch.

Is this class appropriate for a memoir?  Absolutely! One of the biggest challenges for memoirists is figuring out where the real story starts and stops, and how to organize the events and characters in a way that will keep your reader engaged from start to finish. This class will help you to identify and implement all of these elements, whether your story is fictional or based on your real life.

Can I take part of the class online, and part in person?  Definitely. Just shoot us an email at info@ohiowriters.org after you register to let us know what your plan is, so that we can prepare the classroom spaces accordingly.

Where is the class? The Columbus section of the class will be held at the Ohio University Pickerington Center which is right off of I-70 on the east side of town.  The Zanesville section will be held at our facility in downtown Zanesville, which is also conveniently off of I-70. And the online section can be accessed from anywhere, with a phone, tablet, or computer.

Is there a lot of extra work besides writing, like reading, critiquing, etc? Nope! We’ve kept extra work to a minimum. We know that for busy adults just finding the time to write is hard enough, so we’ve stripped away every potential time waster to keep you on track and moving towards your goal.

Will I really complete a novel? Yes! If you put 2-4 hours each week towards this project and follow the course guidance, you will complete a novel draft in 12 months or less.

We still have space in our classes, but time is running out. So register right now: www.OhioWriters.org.  When you’re looking at a complete novel manuscript 12 months from now, you’ll be glad you did.

Questions? Contact us at info@OhioWriters.org.

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.

Spooky, existential-terror critical reading is tonight!

Did you get a chance to read Stephen King’s The Jaunt yet? If you haven’t, there’s still (boundless, infinite, terrifying, insanity-inducing) time.

Tonight’s meet up (10/18) will be at 7pm at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites downtown.

Here’s this week’s questions for you to mull over before the meet up:

1) What was the engine that drove this story for you? What kept you turning pages?

2) Where there any details that seemed perfect? That really stuck with you?

3) Did you get a sense of rising tension in the story? If so, what provided it?

4) The story uses an usual structure, shifting back and forth between the airport setting and the historical discovery of the jaunt–did you feel like this shift in perspective was successful? What did it add to the story?

5) How did you feel about the story’s “allocation of resources,” e.g. the amount of time spent on the history of the jaunt versus the amount of time spent on character development?

That’s it for my questions, but feel free to bring your own!

 Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

October Critical Reading

Happy October! To celebrate the spookiest month, we will be reading The Jaunt by the king of spooky–Stephen King. A blend of Sci-Fi and horror, this story is about a family in the future going on holiday to Mars. It is widely regarded as one of King’s best works of short fiction. It can be found in the short story collection Skeleton Crew or by searching online.

This month’s critical reading workshop will take place Wednesday October 18th at 7pm  at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites Downtown.

Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at info@ohiowriters.org. See you there!

September Critical Reading Questions

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday Sept. 13, at 7 PM we’ll be gathering at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites Downtown to discuss T.C. Boyle’s Chicxulub.

This month we’re focusing on a story that makes heavy use of narrative technique. A story that relies particularly on a specific narrative form or style. In Chicxulub, the narrator is continually inserting anecdotes and information about meteorites while discussing an accident his daughter was involved in.

Questions to mull before the meetup:

  1. To me, the biggest question is, how does the author elevate this technique and save it from becoming a gimmick? Is it how often he uses the technique? The topic? (You can’t go wrong with space stuff and dinosaurs.)
  2. How did you feel about the timing of these narrative breaks? Do they help to add to the rising drama or take away from it? Do they act as a dramatic “cooling”?
  3. Did you ever feel more engaged in this secondary narrative than the primary?
  4. Did you ever feel like any other facets of the story suffered because the author/narrator spent so much time on the secondary narrative? For example, character development?

That’s it for my questions, but feel free to bring your own!

 Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

September Critical Reading

Do you like dinosaurs? Well an asteroid named Chicxulub certainly did not. Join us for this month’s Critical Reading Workshop where we’ll focus on T.C. Boyle’s Chicxulub, a story that explores annihilation through the heavy use of literary technique.  The full text of this story can be found here.

This month’s workshop will be Wednesday Sept. 13th at 7 pm at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites Downtown.

Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at info@ohiowriters.org. See you there!

 

August critical reading is tonight!

Tonight is the night! Come join us for a discussion of Nadine Gordimer’s City Lovers, depicting an interracial relationship in apartheid South Africa.

There are no official questions this week, so give it a second read (or third or forth) and bring your own!

We’ll be meeting tonight at 7pm at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites Downtown.

Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

August critical reading

The end of summer is quickly approaching. Why not spend a few of these dwindling hours with us discussing complex, compelling literature? This month, the critical reading workshop will be reading Nadine Gordimer’s City Lovers, a story of an interracial love affair in apartheid South Africa. An audio recording of this story can be found here.

We’ll be meeting Wednesday August 16th at 19th at 7pm at the restaurant of the Double Tree Suites Downtown.

Each month, the critical reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend.

The Doubletree Suites Hotel is located at 50 S Front St. Columbus 43215. The first six floors of the building are a parking garage, and the floor above that is marked “Lobby”—that’s where we’ll be. On that floor is a swanky pub/restaurant. You can park either in the aforementioned parking garage or at the meters right outside the building on Front St. If you’re parked in the garage, you don’t need to leave the building, simply find the elevator and take it up to the floor marked “Lobby.” If you’re on the street, go through the sliding doors and the elevators will be on your right.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at nick@ohiowriters.org. See you there!

 

Critical reading is tonight

Our critical reading workshop happens tonight! We’ll be discussing the merits of Deborah Eisenberg’s Some Other, Better Otto at the Columbus Capital Club at 7PM.

Some questions for you to mull over before the meet up:

  1. This is another story that isn’t really driven by a central plot–what was the driving force behind the story? Did you find that force to be compelling? If you had casually picked up this story, would you have finished it?
  2. Persnickety Otto is arguably one of the driving forces–in what ways is Otto developed? How is he made believable?
  3. This story incorporates a lot of characters. Some might say too many. What little tricks does the narrator use to keep them all straight for the reader? Did you find these to be effective? Do these secondary characters feel real? Or do they feel more like set pieces for Otto to interact with?
  4. In discussions of writing, much is made on the balance between “showing vs. telling”–do you feel like the story manages this balance well?
  5. Would you reread this story again? If so, why? What about it captured you?

That’s it for questions. Bring your thoughts on this piece and your own questions to tonight’s meeting.

Each month, the reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend. The Capital Club is located on the lobby floor of the Doubletree Suites Hotel on South Front Street. Get more details in this ancient blog post.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at nick@ohiowriters.org. See you there!