The Ohio Writers’ Association supports professional writers and emerging authors.
We offer professional writing classes, professional certifications for writers, publishing opportunities, conferences and community events. We also work diligently to support our membership by promoting the great work of emerging Ohio authors.
Our unique workshop model and commitment to producing market-driven literature has multiplied our membership base exponentially since 2010. We will use our growing, collective voice to raise one another up, to support emerging talent, and to provide resources for professional writers.
Members of the Ohio Writers’ Association receive access to our online community and resources, listing in our writers’ directory upon certification, exclusive publishing opportunities, and access to our classes, conferences and events.
Brad Pauquette is the president of the Ohio Writers' Association. Brad makes the day-to-day decisions for the operation of the organization, and carries the vision and mission.
Brad is the CEO of Columbus Press, and the owner of Columbus Publishing Lab, which also operates Boyle & Dalton. Brad is a publishing industry expert, an accomplished writer, and a successful entrepreneur.
Emily Hitchcock is the Ohio Writers' Association Director of Publishing. She is responsible for planning and executing the organization's publishing projects.
Emily Hitchcock is also an experienced publishing industry veteran.
The Ohio Writers’ Association was founded in 2010 as Columbus Creative Cooperative by Brad Pauquette, with a mission “to connect local writers with local readers.” The group held writers’ workshops (peer critique groups), published anthologies of short stories by Central Ohio authors and hosted events throughout the region.
Brad used his skills and experience as a publishing consultant and marketing expert to produce exceptional books, which routinely published established writers as well as provided first-time publishing opportunities for emerging talent. By 2016, the group had published 9 anthologies of short stories, as well as one anthology of poetry, all of which were profitable and paid contributing authors for their work.
Find these original nine anthologies among the Ohio Writers' Association's other publishing projects on our publishing page here.
Over the same time period, the group partnered with organizations around Ohio and around the country to offer unique events, contests and classes.
In 2017, it was apparent that the group was growing beyond its original mission and ready to evolve. Brad Pauquette and CCC’s Deputy Director Emily Hitchcock began an evaluation process to reassess whom the group was effectively serving, and how the organization could best continue to make resources and opportunities available to the writing community.
On June 1, 2018, the organization officially changed its name to the Ohio Writers’ Association. The relaunch eliminated some fringe programs, and refocused those assets on the core services and resources that the organization can uniquely and effectively provide.