Critical Reading Workshop is Tonight!

We’ll be critiquing Michael Chabon’s Werewolves in Their Youth at the Capital Club this evening. Bring your thoughts, comments, and your teenage angst!

Questions to ponder while reading:

  1. Chabon is sometimes referred to as one of the foremost “stylists” of his generation (referring not, I think, to a propensity for playing with hair, but rather a propensity for playing with sentence structure)–did any of the sentences in this story strike you as being particularly well formed? Did you notice instances in which the sentence structure or paragraph structure helped carrying the meaning of the text? Were any sentences that were out and out duds?
  2. This story attempts to portray the inner and outer worlds of beleaguered tween boys–how does Chabon build these worlds? What details does he use to make them believable? What details does he leave out? What sort of building block short cuts does he use?
  3. The story is split into two distinct halves and two distinct settings–how does this structure help carry the story’s message and intent?

That’s it for questions!

As always, 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 heather@columbuscoop.org. See you there.

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March Critical Reading Workshop

Spring is just around the corner and so is the March Critical Reading Workshop! Join us at the Capital Club on March 15th at 7pm to discuss Michael Chabon’s Werewolves in Their Youth. This story can be found online here and by searching for “Werewolves in Their Youth Full Text.”

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 heather@columbuscoop.org. See you there!

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Folk and Fiction Lineup For March 19th

Our next Folk & Fiction event is set for Sunday, March 19th from 3:00-5:00pm at Java Central Cafe in Westerville (20 S. State St.). Be sure to mark your calendars and come support the CCC and our creative talent, which for the next event is:

Tonja Matney Reynolds (author) – Tonja hails from southwest Ohio and is writing a historical novel set in an Appalachian coal town in the 1930s. Her short fiction has been included in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II, Streetlight Magazine and has been accepted for publication in The Bookends Review. She can be followed at tonjasmusings.blogspot.com.

Darren Demarree (poet) – Darren C. Demaree is the author of six poetry collections, most recently “Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing).  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.  He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

Jon Morgan (songwriter) – A finalist in the Columbus Songwriters Association 2016 showcase, Jon believes there’s no difference between a good book and a good song – both can take you somewhere, teach you something, and leave you holding onto something worth remembering. With a background in English and Writing, Jon’s music is genuine and the stories he tells through song are wide-ranging and powerful.

Victoria Meadows (songwriter) – Tonja hails from southwest Ohio and is writing a historical novel set in an Appalachian coal town in the 1930s. Her short fiction has been included in Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume II, Streetlight Magazine and has been accepted for publication in The Bookends Review. She can be followed at tonjasmusings.blogspot.com.

You couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. See you there!

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Murakami Reading Workshop Tonight!

Hope you all had a mushy Valentine’s Day, but it’s time to get cerebral again. Join us tonight at 7 p.m. at the Capital Club for our critical reading workshop. We’re reading Haruki Murakami’s The Kangaroo Communique. You may rightly ask how we’ve made it this far into our workshop without reading Murakami. I can only say I’m sorry.

Below are some discussion questions to think about while you read. If you don’t have time to read the story (It’s really short, but you’re really busy!) no worries. Come anyway and bask in Murakami’s beautiful prose. He will never disappoint you.

Hope to see you tonight. This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend. See you at 7.

Questions? Comments? Contact the workshop moderator at heather@columbuscoop.org

The Kangaroo Communique Discussion Questions

  1. This story doesn’t have a central plot–what’s offered instead and how does the author keep the reader engaged?
  2. One of the things that the story offers in lieu of a plot is narrative twists and tangents–which was the most effective to you and why?
  3. This could easily have been like the sort of thing you write in high school to show how smart you are. What elevates it?
  4. “Aspiring to incompleteness” seems like a phrase that deconstructs itself, or, at the least, is recursive–how does the story reflect this?
  5. The story’s second character (the complainer) is filtered absolutely through the narrator–did you feel that the complainer was well developed? If so, how is this accomplished? How does the author make the complainer a part of the story, even though she is not present?
  6. One of the story’s “twists” is that you discover that it’s being narrated on tape–how did that impact your perception of the story and the narrative voice? What did this add to the story and what effect does the timing of this revelation have?
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Reading Workshop February 15th

Did you miss us? We missed you! The reading workshop is back. Join us next Wednesday, February 15th at 7 p.m. at the Capital Club downtown. We’re reading Haruki Murakami’s The Kangaroo Communiqueand talking about how to construct great short fiction.

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. Then join us on February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Capital Club downtown.

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.

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

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Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 — Available Now!

It is with great pride that we present our newest anthology, Best of Ohio Short ebook_coverStories: Volume II, featuring short stories from fifteen Ohio authors. This eclectic collection of literary and popular fiction spans several genres, and is sure to please readers of all types.

A mischievous caretaker monkey, a busted midnight joyride, a holocaust childhood, the goodness of Kentucky wonder beans–this latest volume of the best of Ohio presents all this and more between its covers. These engaging, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking stories are the best of the best, carefully selected from hundreds of submissions.

Purchase Best of Ohio Short Stories: Volume 2 here as a paperback or e-book.

Below you will find the complete table of contents. Browse it at your leisure, and when your interest is sufficiently piqued, we hope you’ll get yourself a copy and enjoy it as much as we do.

Congratulations to all the authors who were selected for publication!

“Miss Ellen Told Me” by Brooks Rexroat

“Nikos the Barber” by G.L. Mislin

“Hostess of the Dead” by Tonja Matney Reynolds

“Trey” by Scott Geisel

“S. 18th St.” by Emily Hitchcock

“Kentucky Wonder Beans” by Brenda Layman

“Plan J” by Chris Burnside

“The Weight of Indecision” by Michael O’Donnell

“How You Were Born” by Sara Ross Witt

“Pigtail Fatty” by Jennifer Bryan

“Starlit” by Ian Moeckel

“Joe and the Cake” by Charles Derry

“Emergency Candles” by Kathleen Nicklaus

“The Midnight Rambler” by Lawrence Parlier

“Second-Hand Monkey” by Tom Barlow

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December Workshop Cancelled

Workshoppers,

We know the holidays are a busy time for everybody, so we will be cancelling the short story and novel workshops for December. Feel free to post a story on our writer’s forum in the meantime! You must have a free membership to access the writer’s forum. If you don’t have one, create a free membership here.

Stay tuned for more info regarding the date and location of our next workshop and always feel free to check the calendar.

Questions? Contact us or check out our Workshop FAQ.

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Today’s the Big Day!

Workshoppers,

It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means—November’s writers’ workshop is finally here.

All are welcome. You do NOT have to be a member to attend or participate. We encourage everyone to come check out the workshop even if you don’t have a story being reviewed. Peer feedback is what makes this work, so everyone’s input is valuable!

We’ve got some really great stories we’ll review tonight, all of which can be found HERE. You must log in to your free account to access the stories. If you don’t have a free account, create one here.

We’ll be at the Claddagh Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 585 S Front St., Columbus, OH 43215. Come join us at Claddagh in the Brewery District for awesome short stories, great drinks, and yummy food. Feel free to stop by early for food and drinks. You can find metered parking right out front and on nearby streets.

We will also be reviewing John Tierny’s novel tonight at the same time and location.

Questions? Contact us or check out our Workshop FAQ.

See you tonight!

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November Workshop Materials Available

Workshoppers,

We’ve got some great stories for you this month, all of which are now available HERE. You must log in to your free account to access workshop materials. If you don’t have a free account, create one here.

All are welcome. You do NOT have to be a member to submit work, attend or participate.

Meet us on Wednesday (11/30) at the Claddagh Irish Pub and Restaurant, located on 585 S Front St., Columbus, OH 43215. We will also be reviewing John Tierny’s novel at the same time and location as the short story workshop. You can check out John’s novel here.

Questions? Contact us or check out our Workshop FAQ.

See you on Wednesday!

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Submit Before Midnight Tonight!


Workshoppers,

Send your story to workshops@columbuscoop.org by 11:59pm tonight (11/23) to have it included in our peer review next week on Wednesday (11/30). Remember, you must be present to receive feedback, so please only submit work if you’re confident you can attend.

We will let all writers know whether or not their work has been included in the workshop as soon as we can. Stories will be posted to the CCC website here, so be sure to keep an eye out! You must log into your free account to access workshop materials. If you don’t have a free account, create one here.

For novel workshoppers, we’ll be reviewing John Tierny’s novel The Marvelous Sins of Arthur McGuiness; you can find John’s novel here.

Questions? Contact us or check out our Workshop FAQ.

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