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 OhioWriters.org. 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 workshops@ohiowriters.org 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 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.

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!

 

Please Pardon Our Dust

This is an exciting time for our organization. We have overhauled our organization from top to bottom to continue to serve our community of writers.

Please pardon our dust for the next couple of weeks while we iron out the technical details for these changes. In addition to changing our name, which means updating our website, social media, etc., we’ve also overhauled the backend of our website to make it more secure and efficient.

If you notice any particularly troublesome bugs, please feel free to contact us to let us know. But in the meantime, please know that we are working diligently to track down issue and tie up any loose ends.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Introducing the Ohio Writers’ Association!

About eight months ago, I was moving to a new office, and I found a notebook with my original handwritten notes from 2010 for an idea that would later be named Columbus Creative Cooperative. Younger Brad envisioned an organization that would bring writers together for productive collaboration and mutual self-improvement.

A crazy thing happened. What started as hairbrained chicken scratch on a legal pad actually worked. Over the next 6 years we produced 9 books, published hundreds of stories, hosted over 100 writers’ workshops, seminars, and write-ins.  Our organization now has thousands of members. We’ve seen friendships bloom, and watched some of our members go on to build their own collaborative projects and organizations.

Over the past year, we’ve been experiencing a kind of growing pain.  CCC has always largely functioned on my back, which is something I was happy to do, and on the backs of my staff for Columbus Publishing Lab, which I was happy to provide.  But as the organization grew, the maintenance of the thing became more than I could reasonably provide as a gift, let alone tackle new projects. It always comes as a surprise to anyone who’s never run an organization how much overhead there is – legal requirements, taxes, answering member emails, maintaining social media, and so much more. Before long, these 5-minute tasks are a full-time job.  Yet, despite our growth, the organization was not yet large enough to support a paid staff member.

We’ve been tremendously blessed by volunteers like Emily Hitchock, Brenda Layman, Heather Shaw, Nick Thomas, Aaron Behr, Iam Moeckel, Steve Knapp, Lin Rice, Birney Reed, Chris Minton, Matt Betts, and so many others. But even managing volunteers comes with its own overhead.

This year provided an opportunity to reevaluate who we are as an organization, and what we can do really well.

There are some things you can do with 5,000 members, that you couldn’t do with 12. And the inverse is also true.  Here’s what we can do really well right now:

Publishing – We produce really cool books that create real opportunities for writers and service under-represented markets.

Writers Workshops – Honest, unbridled feedback has always been at the core of CCC. We’re in a position to resume our writers’ workshops and expand this model to other groups and communities.

Classes – We have an amazing network of experts among our membership, and we have a history of producing excellence. We are ready to begin offering formalized classes for aspiring writers.

Events – Because our network has grown, it’s easier than ever to promote events.

Connections – We want to celebrate our members! Our social media audience wants to hear about the success of our members. And through our workshops, classes and events, we’re optimized to help our members form new friendships and collaborations.

And we’ve evaluated who we are. We’re not a frisky group of upstarts from Central Ohio any longer. I live in Zanesville myself. Our members hail from all over the state of Ohio, and many from around the country. Our group now includes industry experts, published authors and changemakers.

So we’ve taken stock of what our organization is uniquely gifted to be, and who we are as a group. And it’s not Columbus Creative Cooperative any longer. We’ve come far from my handwritten notes on a yellow legal pad.

Effective today, we are the Ohio Writers’ Association. We are a community-based organization with a mission to support professional writers and emerging Ohio authors.

Introducing Ohio Writers' Association

There will be a lot of changes. We’ll be permanently cutting some programs we’ve maintained in the past, as well as opening some new doors.  All existing members of Columbus Creative Cooperative will be automatically migrated to members of the Ohio Writers Association.  Paid members will not lose any time on their subscriptions.

We’ll be posting lots of information to our new website at www.OhioWriters.org over the next few days.  Please bear with us as we make these changes, and I think you’ll see the answers to your questions soon. But you are always free to shoot us an email at info@ohiowriters.org, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Over the coming months, we’ll be forming new partnerships with businesses and organizations in the community, and rolling out new initiatives.  Please follow us on Facebook or on Twitter to stay in the loop, and of course, today is a great day to become a member if you haven’t yet.

We are very excited to embark on these changes, and to continue carrying the torch that began with Columbus Creative Cooperative. Thank you for your continued support as we look to the future.

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.