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Comprehensive Lists of writers' resources

Literary Arts Directory: A lengthy list of Central Ohio writers' resources, compiled by the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission Literary Arts Group.

Local Author Nita Sweeney's Writers' Resources


Select Online Writing Resources and Information

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively: Great tips from the Open Education Database.

Alliance of Artists Communities: Search for writing fellowships, conferences, residencies, and more.

Online Writing Center: Help with writing academic papers, from structure to outline to style. 

Tax Cheat Sheet for EBook Self-Publishers

Write Now Newsletter: Monthly writing and publishing tips, upcoming author events and writing programs, and more via email.

Writer’s Digest: Offers writing help articles on a variety of topics and a wide variety of other resources.

The Young Writer’s Glossary: Can you define “active voice,” “allegory,” and “syntax”? Brush up on the meanings of common writing terms.


Select central ohio Writing Groups

Thurber House Young Writers’ Studio: Designed for 9-12th grade students who love to be creative! Meets every other week.

Bexley Fiction Writers: Share your work with others and give and receive constructive feedback.

Central Ohio Fiction Writers: The Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) is a nonprofit professional association for writers of all fiction genres. Members provide a networking system to share knowledge and support the goal of becoming published.

Central and Southern Ohio Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: Meets monthly at the Upper Arlington Public Library. Meetings usually consist of a business meeting, a guest speaker talking about some aspect of writing or illustrating, and then critiques of chapter members’ work.

Grandview Heights Public Library Writers Group: Share your work with others and give and receive constructive feedback.

The International Women's Writing Guild: The Central Ohio community of the IWWG invites writers to gather at monthly meetings for writing, reading, and critiquing in a safe, supportive environment.

MAC and Franklinton Writers Groups: Share your work with others and give and receive constructive feedback.

Meetup.com: Find Central Ohio writing groups through this online network. To get you started, try searching “Creative Writing.”

Nonfiction Authors Association (Columbus Chapter): Focuses on the business side of writing, publishing, and promoting nonfiction books.

Ohio Writers’ Association: Share your work with others and give and receive constructive feedback.

The Ohio Writers' Guild: A supportive community of Ohio authors focused on peer review, educational programs, and promotional events.

Paging Columbus!: A regular poetry reading and literary arts event at the Urban Arts Space.

Poetry at the Delaware Library: This group meets the first Thursday of every month to read and workshop poetry.

Sisters in Crime Columbus Ohio (SICCO): A group for women mystery writers.

Wild Goose Creative Writers' Group: Share your work with others and give and receive constructive feedback.

Writers Block Poetry: A supportive group of poets who meet every Wednesday for an open mic. Anyone can attend. Facebook: Click here.

Writeshop: A workshop group that focuses on science fiction, fantasy, and horror.


Select central ohio Writing classes, CONFERENCES, AND FESTIVALS

Thurber House Adult Writing Workshops and Master Classes: Sessions are taught by experienced writers and educators. We welcome all levels of writing experience.

Columbus Writers’ Conference: Held annually since 1993, this conference offers educational and networking opportunities for writers of all skill levels. Writers, editors, and literary agents present on a wide range of topics and genres.

Delaware County District Library: Occasionally hosts writing workshops for adults and teens.

Dublin Arts Council: Offers writing workshops and creativity classes.

Ohioana Book Festival: Held annually since 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival is one of the largest in Central Ohio. Meet and network with over 100 Ohio authors, listen to panel discussions, browse the book fair, and more.

Upper Arlington Public Library Write Stuff Writers' Conference and Expo: An annual event featuring talks by accomplished local authors (pre-registration required). The expo features booths with local authors, literary organizations, and writing groups.

Westerville Public Library: Occasionally offers writing workshops.


Select Local Presses/Publishers

Columbus Press, Zanesville, Ohio: An independent publisher of fiction novels, anthologies, memoirs, and non-fiction narratives.

PageSpring Publishing, Columbus, Ohio: PageSpring Publishing is an independent book publisher specializing in high-quality novels for adults and younger readers.

Two Dollar Radio, Columbus, Ohio: An independent family-run publisher that also operates Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, an indie bookstore, event space, and café.

Upper Hand Press, Bexley, Ohio: "Upper Hand Press publishes books you'll find nowhere else. Our writers are people who have things they can't keep quiet about. We believe that significant writers are people who work very hard to write, whatever their circumstances and whatever their educations. Hard work creates and burnishes authenticity, the fundamental in gaining the Upper Hand."