WP: What’s For Dinner (05/11/11)

The writing prompt for the May 11, 2011 writers’ workshop is “What’s For Dinner?”

Length guideline: 3,000 to 5,000 words

This could be the story of how your peas get to the dinner table, what happened to the dinner guest who never arrived, or an allergy mishap.

Nowhere to start?  You could just describe exactly what you had for dinner last night in savory, or disgusting, detail.

Our next writers’ workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  You do not have to use this prompt.  If it’s helpful, use it.  If not, please continue to bring other materials or just your feedback.

Happy writing!  Questions?  Contact us.

Writing Prompts

Moving forward, I’m going to try and produce a writing prompt for each workshop.

I know that when I write, I often have so many ideas swirling around that it’s difficult to get any traction.  A writing prompt forces me to focus on one thing, and it makes it way easier for me to devote the time to making the story work.

You do NOT have to use these prompts for the workshop.  If it’s helpful, please use it.  But you’re also free to continue to bring other stories, novel chapters, poetry, essays, or whatever you’d like, the door is wide open.

Have a writing prompt that you’d like to share?  Please contact us and we’ll post it.

Discounts for Book Clubs: Origins: An Anthology

We’d love for your book club to take a look at Origins.  For many book clubs, these nine entertaining short stories by local authors will be a fantastic change of pace, and a great cure for those warm weather attendance lulls.

If you’re interested in ordering books for a group, please contact us for special pricing and delivery options.

If your book club is local to Columbus, Ohio, we’d be happy to have an author or two stop by your group for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to chat with the story creator, if you’d like.

The local writing community can’t survive without the support of the local reading community.  Let us know how we can interact with your group, no request is too big or too small.

Happy reading!

Join Us On Facebook: Win A Free Book!

“Like” our page on Facebook by May 4, 2011 at 11:59p.m., and you’ll be automatically registered to a win free copy of Origins: An Anthology.

Visit us at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus-Creative-Cooperative/113659345377353, click “Like” at the top, and you’re registered!  We’ll contact the winners on May 5, 2011.

For every 60 Facebook fans, we’ll randomly select one winner.  Your book will be mailed to you at no charge.

Contest Rules:

-Executive members of Columbus Creative Cooperative are not eligible to win.

-One entry per person.  Winners must respond within 3 business days to claim prize.

-Contest subject to change at any time without notice.

PR: Columbus Writers’ Co-Op To Release First Anthology

This is a press release that went out today.  Please pass along to any relevant contacts.  Thanks!


Columbus Writers’ Co-Op To Release First Anthology May 4

Columbus, Ohio – April 25, 2011 – Columbus Creative Cooperative, Central Ohio’s only writers’ cooperative, will release its first anthology, Origins, on may 4, 2011.

The work features nine short stories by Columbus authors, including the work of Amy Dalrymple, Matthew Hance, Chad Jones, Ben Orlando, Brad Pauquette and Kim Younkin.

Origins will be on sale at a variety of locations in the Central Ohio area, including all Cup O’ Joe coffee shops, several local retailers and online at ColumbusCoop.org.

“We see a demand for local music, local food, and local apparel,” explained Columbus Creative Cooperative director Brad Pauquette, “why not the local written word as well? Our ambition is to help local, professional-quality authors take small steps towards their goals, and this anthology is a fantastic part of that pursuit.”

Origins editors Kim Younkin and Brad Pauquette selected the final stories from droves of submissions from writers all over Central Ohio.

Columbus Creative Cooperative is confident that it has put together a fantastic collection of short fiction that will proudly represent the writers of Central Ohio. Their eclectic collection of enjoyable, entertaining stories will please adult readers of all types.

Origins, to be released in paperback, is listed at only $9.35. The book’s ISBN is 978-0-9835205-0-4, and it will also available in Kindle Edition available only on Amazon.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Columbus Creative Cooperative or any of the contributing authors, please contact:

Brad Pauquette




Origins may be ordered here.

Origins Release Event May 6, 2011

Please join us for a special reading from Columbus Creative Cooperative’s first anthology project, Origins on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

This free event will be held at Kerouac Kafe, 2250 N. High Street, Columbus, OH.

Origins features nine original short stories written by Columbus authors. Books will be on sale for $10 ($9.35+tax) at the event, or may be pre-ordered here with PayPal or a credit card.  Pre-ordered books will ship May 3, 2011 and receive free shipping!

Several featured authors will be reading that night.  Live entertainment will last about an hour.

Please come out to support the local written word, and stick around for general merriment. Coincidentally, Kafe Kerouac is also featuring tequila tasting that Friday night!

There is no cover charge for this event. Please support Kerouac by purchasing coffee, beer, wine and snacks.

Check out the event on Facebook (click here).

Good Reads – Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl

Most of us know Roald Dahl for his imaginative children’s books- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fastastic Mr. Fox and so on.

Several years ago I was first exposed to Tales of the Unexpected, a collection of short stories he wrote mainly in the 1940s, and was pleasantly surprised by his fiction for adults.  All of the darkest elements of his children’s stories come together in poignant, funny tales of life and death and self-ruin.

His collections of short stories for adults demonstrate the same creativity as his chidren’s books, but combined with a mature, sinister realism and sharp wit.  His sardonic tales of irony and just deserts are contemplative, but still entertaining, light reads.

If you’re into short stories, Roald Dahl is a master.  This ain’t your granpappy’s chocolate factory.

Get it for a few bucks on Amazon here.

Ohio Writers’ Guild “Meet the Authors” (Non-CCC Event)

The Ohio Writers’ Guild, a Central Ohio writers’ workshop group, is holding an author reading event on May 7, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  The event will convene at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 75 N. High St. from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the event, you can download the flier by clicking here.

This is a free event.  Local authors’ books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.

More than 13 local novelists will be represented.  Please come out and support your local writing community.

Note: This is not a Columbus Creative Cooperative event, this is a link to another outstanding writers’ organization in Central Ohio.

The Book Exchange

I’ve been asked several times at workshops if we ever intend to read any novels or short stories together and discuss them, like a book club.

Not at this time.  It seems that most of our members have enough on their plate, I know I do, and adding another stressor would probably do more harm than good.  Simply reading the workshop materials can be a two hour chore some weeks.

But, I would like to find ways to read and talk about good books together.  In the words of Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

So I’d like to introduce the book exchange.  If you’re interested in expanding your reading horizons, please bring a book to pass along, and arrive to the workshop 15 minutes early next time.  We’ll spend a few minutes talking books, then rotate what we’ve got around/across/above the circle, and make sure everyone gets something new to read.

You probably won’t ever get your original book back.  You’re giving it away for good.  Sorry.

But, you should have something to take home with you that’s just as good.  You can keep your new book for life, or read it in the following two weeks (or four weeks, or ten weeks) and trade it again at the next meeting.

I think this will give us a way to share insight into our reading without burdening our members with another line for the to-do list.

I hope to see you Wednesday!  For more information on our upcoming writers’ workshop and book exchange, please contact us, or become a CCC member today (log in for workshop info).  Membership is free.

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