Class Registration Now Open – Certified Blogger 6-Class Series

Registration is now open for our 6-Class Certified Blogger Series.

In our experience, you need to be more than a great wordsmith to make a living as a writer.  This class series will round out your skill set so that you can take your awesome writing and make it useful to the marketplace. By the time we’re done, you will be a blogging ninja. Whether you’re freelancing, self-promoting, working on personal projects or working a conventional position, your effectiveness is about to go way up.

No previous experience is necessary except for a basic understanding of the operation of your computer. If you can save files to your computer, find and open those files, and navigate the web, then you have what it takes.

To register, login to OhioWriters.org, and from the members’ home page, click “Register for Classes.”  You do NOT need to be paid member to take or register for classes, but Writer Members do save about $60 on the class series (so it’s probably worth the $35 membership fee).  You can register for an account here.

For the first two weeks, registration is only open to individuals who wish to take the full 6-class series. On August 29, registration will open for individual classes.

The class series will start with a basic understanding of how websites work, and get into some real-world HTML examples, so you’ll be able to make simple changes to many websites.  From there, we’ll cover WordPress, both its operation and its function, so that you can customize and do all sorts of other wizardry.

The class will end with two sessions on effective writing for blogging. The first class will be primarily instruction based, while the final class will be workshop format.

All classes in this series will include lots of hands-on practice and instruction. Students should bring a laptop and suitable materials to class with them.

Students who take the full series will be eligible to take the Certified Blogger test at no charge (regular cost $65).

All classes will be at the Columbus Publishing Lab offices in Zanesville, Ohio – 47 N. 4th St., Suite 204, Zanesville, OH 43701. Classes will run from 9:30am to 2:00pm, with a lunch break provided. Complete Class Schedule:

September 22 – HTML 1
September 29 – HTML 2
October 6 – WordPress 1
October 13 – WordPress 2
October 20 – Writing for Blogging
October 27 – Writing for Blogging Workshop

These classes will be taught by Brad Pauquette.  In addition to serving as the President of the Ohio Writers’ Association, Brad is an experienced web marketing professional.

Questions? Contact us at info@ohiowriters.org, or fill out the form here.

The Great Novella Contest – Now Accepting Submissions

The Ohio Writers’ Association is excited to announce the Great Novella Contest, sponsored by Columbus Publishing Lab. This contest opens on August 16, 2018 and will accept submissions through September 27, 2018.

Submissions are open to novellas only (15k–35k words). The winner of this contest will be offered a publishing contract with Ragged Crow, an imprint of OWA and publisher of the Columbus Creative Cooperative series of anthologies.

There is no fee to enter this contest, but you must be a writer with ties to Ohio  (more details below), and you must be a member of the Ohio Writers’ Association (which is free).

Writer and Patron members of OWA may submit up to three novellas to this contest. Peer (Free) and Supporting members may only submit one novella.

Why novellas?

Too short to shop around to most publishing houses, but too long to find a home in a magazine or collection of short stories, novellas are the proverbial middle child. We have a hunch that there are a wealth of novellas languishing in drawers without good homes. The Great Novella Contest is a mechanism to see what short work is out there, and put one great piece of writing on the map.

Attention spans are shorter, people are busy, and there’s an unmet demand for books that can be consumed quickly. We think novellas are the next big (small) thing.

Submission details: A team of judges selected by the Ohio Writers’ Association will choose the winning manuscript. Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception.

Genres: All genres are accepted, except for erotica and children’s books.  Ragged Crow does not accept erotica or children’s books, therefore there’s no merit to winning the contest.

Minimum Word Count: 15,000 words
Maximum Word Count: 35,000 words

Qualifications for “Ohio Author”: Authors must have ties to Ohio to submit, which can include:

  • born in Ohio
  • achieved a life milestone here (graduation from school, etc.)
  • lived in Ohio for 5+ years at one time
  • presently reside in Ohio
  • presently enrolled in an Ohio school
  • permanent address in Ohio

Compensation: The winning manuscript will be compensated for their work and receive royalties. The specific offer will be made by Ragged Crow upon selection of the winner. Winning author is not obligated to accept the offer.

Publication: Upon acceptance of the publishing agreement, winning book will be produced by Ragged Crow, and distributed to all major markets in print and digital editions. Tentative release date is spring, 2019.

Submission fee: $0. There is no fee to enter this contest, but you must be registered as an OWA member to submit your work for consideration. Becoming an OWA member is free and easy. Click here to learn more.

No preference will be given to members with a “paid” membership. However, by becoming a paid member of OWA, you get access to cool features and resources, and you support future publications, contests and resources for Ohio writers. Writer and Patron Members may also submit up to 3 submissions to this contest.

How to Submit:

  1. If you are not yet a member of OWA, create a free account here.
  2. Login to your OWA account here.
  3. From the members’ home page, click “The Great Novella Contest.”
  4. Fill out the simple online form, and upload your work as a PDF. (Click for instructions on creating a PDF)
  5. Tell others about this contest, in your local writers’ groups, on Facebook and Twitter.
  6. Wait.

Questions: Contact us at publishing@ohiowriters.org, or fill out the form here.

Our Sponsor

Columbus Publishing LabThe Ohio Writers’ Association thanks Columbus Publishing Lab for sponsoring this 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 here.

LAST CALL: Central Ohio Writers’ Workshop – August 1st, 2018 at 7pm

To have your work peer-reviewed at our Central Ohio writers’ workshop on August 1, please email it to workshops@ohiowriters.org this weekend! All work must be received by 7am on Monday morning, July 23.

This workshop will be held at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington. The address is 1000 Old Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147 (click for map).  The party room is reserved under “Ohio Writers’ Association.”  Please bring a few bucks to chip in for pizza or to grab a drink.

We will begin this workshop promptly at 7pm.

You do NOT need to be a paid member of OWA to submit work for peer review or to attend this workshop. And you may attend without submitting anything for review.

All workshop attendees are encouraged to download all of the stories prior to the workshop and to read them in advance.

SUBMISSIONS: If you’re able, please submit your work as a PDF document. Submissions must be less than 10,000 words, and must be received by 7am on Monday, July 23rd.

Note that if you’d like feedback on a novel section, 10,000 words is a lot of material. We recommend choosing a natural breaking section closer to 3,000-5,000 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, July 24th, 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 forum.  Become a member today.

Columbus Writers’ Workshop – Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm

Our next writers’ workshop will be in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, August 1 at 7pm.  UPDATE: This workshop will be held at the Pizza Cottage in Pickerington, Ohio. The address is 1000 Old Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147 (click for map). The party room is reserved under “Ohio Writers’ Association.”

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, July 23rd.

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, July 24th, 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 forum.  Become a member today.

Partnering with the Y-Bridge Arts Festival – August 3rd and 4th, 2018

Y Bridge Arts Festival ZanesvilleWe are partnering with the Y-Bridge Arts Festival to provide an author’s signing and book sales booth on August 3rd and 4th in Zanesville, Ohio.

The Y-Bridge Arts Festival has graciously invited us to facilitate a presence for authors and the written word.

This year we will offer books by Ohio authors for sale, as well as schedule an hour per author for book signings.

If you would like to sell your book at the booth, please send us an email at info@ohiowriters.org. You do not need to be an OWA member to participate. Interested authors must respond by 7/20.

The Husband by Aaron Daniel BehrAaron Behr, OWA Author, and author of The Husband (find it on Amazon here), has volunteered to facilitate the booth. Thanks to Aaron’s service, authors will only need to be present during their book signing hour.

Questions? Shoot us an email, we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

If you are a paid OWA member, you may also ask questions and discuss this event on the Members’ Forum. Not a member? Become one today.

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.