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Writers Conference: The Written World

Writers Conference 2017

14th Annual Writers Conference
Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Columbus State Community College
Workforce Development Center
315 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

The 2017 Writers Conference is free of charge and registration is not required. Lunch will not be provided, but there will be suggestions for group lunches to local establishments.

In addition to our 2017 Keynote Speaker Maggie Smith, the Writers Conference will offer a diverse selection of workshops with other accomplished writers. 

We'll also hold a book fair with university and independent presses, writers, and writing groups.

For more information , contact Mike Wright: or Heather Thompson-Gillis:

Register online here (registration is free):


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2017 Writer's Conference Keynote Speaker: Maggie Smith 

Columbus native Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press); Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press); and three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best American Poetry 2017, the Paris Review, Plume, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. The BBC called it “the official poem of 2016.” Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. 

2017 Book Fair Participants

  • Thurber House
  • Monster Press
  • Gatekeeper Press
  • Writing Wrongs
  • The Columbus Queer Open Mic
  • Anne Marie Lutz
  • Leonard Krashoc
  • Mid-American Review
  • Canada Keck
  • Geoff Anderson
  • Heidi Bright 
  • The GEM-C Writers