Writers’ Workshop – Zanesville, Ohio – Submit Now

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Zanesville, Ohio on Wednesday evening, March 6th, 2019.  Login to your free Ohio Writers’ Association account to retrieve the time and place details.

If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, February 25th.

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 February 26th 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 February 6th 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 March 6th.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 2nd, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

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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.

Next Workshop – Central Ohio – Submit Your Work

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Central Ohio on Wednesday evening, February 6th, 2019.  Login to your free Ohio Writers’ Association account to retrieve the time and place details.

If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, January 28th.

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 January 29th 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 February 6th 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 February 6th.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 2nd, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

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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.

Submit Your Work for Zanesville, Ohio Workshop

Our next writers’ workshop (peer-critique) will be in Zanesville, Ohio on January 2nd, 2019.  If you’d like your work critiqued by the group, submit it now.  All work must be received by Monday morning, December 24th.

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 December 26th 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 January 2nd 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 January 2nd.

If you’re not able to submit and attend the workshop on the 2nd, Writer members of OWA have 24/7 access to our online Writers’ Forum.

Don’t forget to register for our “Year of the Novel” novel-writing class. Complete a novel draft in less than a year with expert instruction and support.  Learn more here.

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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? Use this class registration form instead.

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: 

If you are a member: Log into your OhioWriters.org account 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.

If you are not yet an OWA member: Click here to go to our simple class registration.

4-WEEK INSTRUCTIONAL CLASS:
*Note: Due to a scheduling conflict with our classroom facility, these dates have been updated.
In Columbus – Wednesday evening, 6:30pm-9:30pm, January 9, 16, 23 and 30 – at the Ohio University Pickerington Center, 12933 Stonecreek Dr, Pickerington, OH 43147
In Zanesville – Saturday afternoons, 1pm-4pm, January 12, 19, 26 and February 2 – Columbus Publishing Lab Headquarters, 47 N. 4th St., Zanesville, OH 43701
Online (Live in Zanesville/Interactive on Saturday afternoons. Recorded classes can be watched for 7 days. Provided via Zoom, which is compatible with all computers, tablets, and phones.)

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

Announcement — The Winner of The Great Novella Contest 2018

We are pleased to announce the winner of The Great Novella Contest 2018!  After our judges sorted through a multitude of submissions, publishing director Emily Hitchcock selected the Grand Champion.  Every manuscript submitted was reviewed by at least one judge.

The Busker by Brooks Rexroat is the Grand Champion of The Great Novella Contest 2018!  Congratulations, Brooks!

As champion, Brooks Rexroat will receive a publishing contract with Ragged Crow, imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association.

Brooks Rexroat was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio at the intersection of the Rust Belt and Appalachia: the crossing point of mountain and farm field, boarded mine and shuttered factory, the water that splits north from south. The importance of place has always surrounded him, and it deeply inhabits his characters. His most recent publication is Thrift Store Coats (Orson’s Publishing, 2018).

You can learn more about Brooks’ published work and his travels here: www.brooksrexroat.com.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a novella manuscript to this year’s contest.  We opened this contest on a hunch that there were short manuscripts out there by writers worth publishing, and your submissions proved us right. As always, we are forever grateful that you trust us with your work.  Running a contest with integrity that presents legitimate opportunities is something that we take very seriously, and it wouldn’t be possible without the participation of so many fantastic writers.

A huge special thank you goes to Columbus Publishing Lab for sponsoring Columbus Publishing Labthis contest. Columbus Publishing Lab provides outstanding production and marketing work for small presses like OWA and Columbus Press, as well as individual authors around the country.  Learn more about Columbus Publishing Lab’s books and services here. 

Thank you to everyone who helped publicize and promote the contest, and to those who served as part of our judging committee.

Congratulations to Brooks Rexroat for this tremendous accomplishment.  Keep an eye out for The Busker in 2019.