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Our Mission

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.

Become a Member

The Ohio Writers’ Guild is open to all Ohioans with an active interest in writing, published and unpublished.  The guild is a community that values personal peer relationships. To become a member, simply attend one of our sessions in person and register with our chairperson Peg Hanna. There are no membership fees. While we would value your frequent attendance at our meetings, we do understand that we meet during the day and that attendance may be difficult for some, therefore we only require a minimum attendance of one gathering a year.  

Our meetings are very informal and if you want to bring a lunch, or need to leave early, we do understand that for many writers, writing is not your only job.  We look forward to meeting you and hearing your work.

Weekly Gatherings

Sessions take place each Wednesday afternoon from September through July, from 1:00 to 3:00.  

Fall, Winter & Spring Location: Meetings are held at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215. Get directions.

Summer Location: Because parking becomes difficult in the summer, meetings during June and July are held at the Ohioana Library, 274 E. First Ave., Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Get Directions to summer location .  We don’t meet during August.

In addition to critical discussion of the craft, members are invited to read from their works in progress. Guests are welcome to this member event. For information on attending meetings please email

hanna@ohiowritersguild.org .

Speakers, Book Signings and Readers

The Ohio Writers' Guild provides speakers on many topics. Many are nationally recognized in their fields. Libraries, churches, service clubs, corporations, professional organizations, conference planners as well as other public and private entities have been served by our members. If your next event is in need of a speaker, please contact us about topics and availability.

Peanut Butter on the Wall and Marshmallows in the Microwave Memories of Raising Six Hannas in Gahanna by Margaret Leis Hanna (Peg)is a collection of stories and reflections from two only children who raised five boys and one girl. The author takes the reader through the rooms of the two Hanna houses with stories of  happenings in those rooms. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are hair-raising. All are true. Readers of any size family can relate to: "I didn't do it. STOP IT" and "It's not my turn."

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