Organizations for Writers and Illustrators

Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer, Antioch Writers’ Workshop programs offer the tools and inspiration you need to take the next steps on your writing path. They offer instruction in the creative writing craft and in the professional skills creative writers need to succeed in the publishing world, as well as opportunities for connecting to a vibrant, supportive creative writing community.

Central & Southern Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. A local chapter of the National Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Central and Southern Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators meet monthly in Columbus, Ohio at the Upper Arlington Public Library to discuss aspects of writing or illustrating, and critiques of chapter member’s work.

Central Ohio Fiction Writers. Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW), is a non-profit professional association for writers of all fiction genres, and a local chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) organization.

Cleveland State Poetry Center. Cleveland State University Poetry Center was originally established in 1962 at the former Fenn College of Engineering to promote poetry through readings and community outreach. In 1971, it expanded its mission to become a national non-profit independent poetry press under the auspices of the Cleveland State University Department of English, and has since published over one-hundred-fifty titles.

Cleveland State Writing Center. The CSU Writing Center and WAC Program have two goals: hospitality and independence. They strive to create a warm environment because they believe that writing requires many decisions that are best made in a peaceful and welcoming environment. The staff is comprised of graduate students in literature or creative writing who enjoy working with students.

Dayton Christian Writers Guild, Inc. The Dayton Christian Writer’s Guild is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educate, support and to encourage others to write, to write as a means of preserving history for the next generation, and to leave a legacy for all to see and read.

Downtown Writers Network. The Downtown Writers Network exists to promote central Ohio writers. we’re here to help both business writers and creative writers. Helping both business and creative writers, the network assists freelance, technical and business writer. They also provide an online database where you can market your skills and locate new clients. For creative writers, they offer workshops where you can get together with other authors, in a creative space that’s solely designed to celebrate the writing life.

Greater Canton Writers’ Guild. The Greater Canton Writers’ Guild was founded in 1964 for beginning and professional writers for purposes of learning, discussion, and mutual support. It includes persons of diverse skills who share a common commitment to the craft of writing.

Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League. Founded over 80 years ago, the Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League is a group of writers whose focus is poetry.

Hamilton Writers Guild. The Hamilton Writers Guild offers support and encouragement to both novice and experienced writers wishing to further his or her writing ambitions. The Guild is open to both published and unpublished writers.

International Writer’s Association. The International Writer’s Association (IWA) aspires to do what it can to encourage new literary talent. With two branches in two countries, and more to come, IWA is truly an international writer’s group.

Lake Erie Ink. Lake Erie Ink is a not for profit 501(c)3 that provides creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community.  Lake Erie Ink believes that creative writing is not only for kids and teens who already love writing, but also for youth who have something say and too often feel that no one is listening.

Lit Youngstown is a literary arts center in Youngstown that hosts a monthly reading series and open mic, workshops and classes for writers, a monthly book discussion, Fall Literary Festival, Winter Writing Camp, and many other projects and events.

Literary ClevelandLiterary Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that offers classes, workshops, programs and events. Its mission is to help writers develop their craft, create a strong network of writers, and connect writers to the community. Literary Cleveland aspires to become the hub, the connection point for the literary arts in the Northeast Ohio region.

Mad Anthony Writers’ Conference. The Mad Anthony Writers Conference is dedicated to promoting the creative art of writing and promoting reading as a form of entertainment as well as a necessity of life. The Writers’ Conference hosts reputable published authors and reputable publishers/editors/agents to instruct and inspire conference attendees in the creative art of writing. Proceeds from the conference will establish a literacy program for the Boys & Girl Club of Hamilton, Ohio or other literacy effort.

Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America. MVRWA is the local chapter of Romance Writers of America based in Toledo, Ohio whose purpose is to advance the professional interest of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy.

Mid-Ohio Writers Association. Mid-Ohio Writers Association was established in order to draw attention to writers in the mid-Ohio area and to encourage area residents to be interested in reading, writing and education. Meetings are free and held at Ontario Library n Mansfield, Ohio.

Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America. Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America (NEORWA) is a local Chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). If you are looking for support among dedicated writers, consider joining NEORWA. There are over fifty members, both published and unpublished in a variety of genre’s including romance, poetry, children’s, young adult, and erotic fiction who come from Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Northern Ohio Bibiliophilic Society (NOBS). Founded in 1983, NOBS is an association of book collectors, dealers, librarians, and others interested in promoting the production, preservation, collection, and sale of fine and antiquarian books, and the preservation and protection of the heritage of the printed word. NOBS is a member of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) and a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Northern Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles based writers for children, is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature. The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people.

The Ohio Poetry Association. The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA), chartered originally as the Verse Writers’ Guild of Ohio, is a nonprofit, educational volunteer organization with a 501(c)(3)Federal designation. They exist to promote the art of poetry and support poets and others who appreciate poetry.

Ohio Writers’ Guild. The Ohio Writers’ Guild is a supportive community of and for Ohio authors. Our mission is to encourage excellent work through peer review, educational programs and promotional events. As the premier organization for Ohio writers since 1988, the guild participates in many community and state events, sponsors weekly gatherings and provides an encouraging community for Ohio’s family of authors.

Ohio Writers’ Conference. Ohio Writers’ Conference is an annual event which is typically held in Columbus, Ohio. The conference recognizes students’ work that has been submitted and published in Kent State University’s soft-bound book of students’ orignal work, Beginnings. The conference includes storytellers, a keynote address, interactive workshops, and an awards luncheon. Beginnings authors are invited to share their work at an open mike session.

Thurber House. Their mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber’s legacy of humor. Thurber House also facilitates many literary programs including: Evenings with Authors, Literary Picnics, and Book Groups.

Wick Poetry Center. The Wick Poetry Center encourages new voices by promoting opportunities for individuals and communities locally, regionally, and nationally. Wick engages emerging and established poets and poetry audiences through readings, publications, workshops, and scholarship opportunities.

Y-City Writers. What began as one person’s personal quest became a forum for storytellers of all ages, skill levels, and genre-preferences. Y-City Writers now consists of over 71 members (published and non-published), and is still growing. Their goal is to provide a comfortable experience for everyone involved, while encouraging our craft. To this end, Y-City Writers host open mics and a yearly writing conference. There are no dues to attend meetings