About Our Association

The Ohio Writers’ Association supports professional writers and emerging authors.

We currently offer writers’ workshops and publishing opportunities, with more planned for the future. We also work diligently to support our membership by promoting the great work of emerging Ohio authors.


Our unique workshop model and commitment to producing market-driven literature has multiplied our membership base exponentially since 2010. We will use our growing, collective voice to raise one another up, to support emerging talent, and to provide resources for professional writers.

Members of the Ohio Writers’ Association receive access to our online community and resources, exclusive publishing opportunities, and access to our workshops, and events.


Our Story

Brad Pauquette, an author and entrepreneur, founded the Ohio Writers' Association as a mission-minded business in 2009. Through anthologies, classes, contests, and community events, the organization grew dramatically to represent thousands of professional writers and aspiring authors from around the state of Ohio. Originally known as Columbus Creative Cooperative, Brad changed the name to the Ohio Writers' Association in 2018. Brad functioned as the owner and president through 2021, when he donated all of the assets and infrastructure to the newly formed nonprofit, Ohio Writers Group, so that the organization can continue to expand and serve Ohio's amazing authors. Learn more about Brad and his other projects at BradPauquette.com.

On February 15, 2022, new leadership assumed the reins as OWA continues to redefinie itself to better continue its mission of supporting Ohio’s professional writers and emerging authors.

Our Leadership

As the Ohio Writers’ Association transitions to new ownership and a new organizational structure, its current governing body is a volunteer Steering Committee. At the end of the transition period, OWA will install an elected Board of Directors. Members of the Steering Committee are:

Joe Graves is President of Ohio Writers’ Group, Inc., the parent organization of Ohio Writers’ Association and heads the Steering Committee. Joe began writing back in college, when he wrote and produced short films. (They are available online, but he does not recommend watching them.) Over the last six years, he’s been focused on completing his first novel, and since 2020, started writing short stories. Along with writing, Joe has 10 years of leadership experience in non-profits and has helped launch numerous community organizations, including Central City Church, Little Bottoms Free Store, and Grandview Anti-Racism and Inclusion Network (GAIN).

George Pallas was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in the Nashville area. He moved to Ohio after graduating from Vanderbilt University and began a career in information technology. As a writer, he has two short stories to his credit and is in the process of publishing his first book, Stalking Horse, a mystery novel. He also writes about historical true crime in his blog, Old Crime is New Again at georgepallas.com. George lives in downtown Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Sharon, and their dog, Sheldon Cooper.

Devon Ortega obtained a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in creative writing at Ohio University. She was the recipient of the 2011 Gertrude Lucille Robinson Award for her poetry series, Tavern at Ten. Her poetry has appeared in Barren Magazine, Azure Magazine, Door is a Jar, and several anthologies. She currently lives in Pickerington, Ohio, with her husband and four children.

Jim Hodnett is a retired psychologist and educator. He grew up in Arkansas and taught in Little Rock Public Schools for eight years (the last five at Central High) before moving to Austin to obtain a doctorate in psychology from The University of Texas. He has lived in Columbus, Ohio for the last thirty years and resides in a building located on the former grounds of the Ohio State Penitentiary, which once housed O. Henry, whose spirit Jim attempts with limited success to channel. Jim has been writing since 2011. He is unpublished but has an impressive and growing collection of rejection letters. He has shared his life for the last twenty-six years with his partner/husband, Joe Heimlich, a researcher and consultant in the fields of non-formal education and environmental education.