Columbus Creative Cooperative Cultivates Local WritersNovember 7, 2011 8:00 am Brenda Layman
Brad Pauquette, Columbus Creative Cooperative Director, likes local produce, local businesses, and local music, so he and other CCC members are making it their mission to bring local writing talent to Columbus readers. Pauquette says that CCC has a two-fold mission : providing honest peer criticism for aspiring writers and publishing the work of Central Ohio’s best writers.
CCC is a co-op because it is organized around shared decision making and shared benefits. All executive members contribute to business and publishing decisions, and all authors profit equally from book sales.
Central Ohio is supplying plenty of talent. CCC has already published two outstanding anthologies, Origins and Overgrown. CCC needs support from the Columbus community in the form of buyers for the books, businesses that are willing to retail the books, and sponsors for upcoming anthologies. CCC is making a big contribution to the vibrant Columbus arts community by providing opportunities for local writers to have stories published and marketed locally. Buying the books is a great way to support Columbus and promote local artists, and the stories are excellent works in their own right. Writers are welcome to attend CCC’s bi-monthly workshops and to submit stories for possible inclusion in future anthologies. The next workshop is scheduled for 7 pm, Wednesday, November 9, at The Bexley Public Library.
Check out Columbus Creative Cooperative on their website at columbuscoop.org.
Jewish Book Fair Underway at Jewish Community Centers
The Jewish Book Fair is one of the Jewish Community Centers most popular events. According to Chris Galloway of JCC, “all of the newest, latest books from as many Jewish authors as we could gather” will be available for purchase at the Jewish Community Center located at 1125 College Avenue through December 2, 2011. Hours are 5:30 am – 10 pm Monday through Thursday, 5:30 am – 6:30 pm on Fridays, 1:30 – 6 pm on Saturdays, and 8 am – 7 pm on Sundays. The book fair includes special appearances from several authors. Jonathan Eng, author of Capone, Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife, Hasia Diner, an American historian, Myla Goldberg, author of The False Friend, Joshua Gleis, author of Withdrawing Under Fire: Lessons Learned from Islamist Insurgencies, and Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters will speak in coming weeks. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.columbusjcc.org.
Columbus resident Rosalie Linver Ungar’s memoir of a single American woman’s adventures in France in the 1970s, No Sex in St. Tropez, will be featured at the book fair. Read about the book and about Ungar’s journey to becoming a successful self-published author on her website.
Ohio Writers’ Guild invites new writers
The Ohio Writers’ Guild meets at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 West Main Street, on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 o’clock. Writers are welcome to attend and bring samples of their work to share and have critiqued. All genres are welcome, including poetry and plays. The Ohio Writers’ Guild is open to all Ohioans with an active interest in writing. More information is available at ohiowritersguild.org.
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