The About Write column is written by members of Off Campus Writers' Workshop. Current members are encouraged to pitch an idea or article. Click the button below for more information.
Welcome to About Write, a craft column about writing by the members of Off Campus Writers’ Workshop (OCWW). Established in 1946, OCWW serves writers of all genres and experience from its metropolitan Chicago home. Like OCWW itself, About Write is dedicated to providing inspiration, education, and collegial support to help writers achieve their writing and publishing goals.
Our editors are interested in thoughtful pieces on craft topics written by emerging and experienced OCWW writers in all genres. At this time, we are looking for pieces that fall into one of these five categories:
What I Learned—how you applied something you learned about writing/publishing/marketing from an OCWW presentation or an outside conference/seminar (see “Original Thought” below).
Interviews—give us a window into the world of writing through an interview with a writer, publisher, agent, bookseller, or even another OCWW member.
Craft—a broad-brush category that invites you to explore a specific writing craft issue.
Writing Resources—a critical review of the latest or greatest writing blog, craft book, literary magazine, or website; OR an explanation of how you use your favorite writing tool—pen, software, website, dictionary. Explore the tools that can make a writer’s life easier and more productive
If you are in doubt about your topic, you may submit a query with a fleshed-out outline of your proposed piece.
The takeaway—what specific thing will a reader learn or ponder from this piece?
Original thought—while we are eager for members to analyze and explain how a lecture has guided or influenced your writing, do not transcribe a speaker’s presentation. You may paraphrase or even directly quote a sentence or two (with attribution), but we will not publish a speaker’s handouts or anything we regard as their intellectual property. Be sure to give credit where credit is due. Use what you have learned as a jumping off point.
To submit, you must be a current member of OCWW. Original pieces are welcome. You retain full rights to your writing and may submit it elsewhere after publication on the OCWW Blog. We request a backlink or reference to the original post on the blog.
Please submit a Word Document:
12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced
include page numbers
In the upper left corner of your document, include:
UPDATED Word count: 300-1,200 words.
Send submissions and queries by e-mail to: About-Write-Submissions@ocww.info
Subject Line to include: Your Last Name/About Write Submission
Include in the body of your email:
Title of your piece
Bio—Up to 50 words. Include links to your blog, website, online writing profile
Links within the piece to any online references (e.g., website of a cited author, link to a cited book)
Post as Word .doc or .docx
Relevant graphic (or graphic idea) to accompany your post
The About Write editorial committee will respond to all submissions and queries within one month of receipt. You may expect some light to moderate editing to fit length and consistency of style. We may contact you with questions or suggestions for revision if your piece is not accepted for publication. You may request to see any edits before publication, but the editorial committee is the final arbiter.
This is a space for OCWW members to share ideas and thoughts on writing. We learn from one another. While we do not offer payment for submissions, we're pleased to provide our contributors the opportunity to experience the submission and publication process, add a publishing credit to your portfolios and build your online visibility via a link to your articles.
Thank you for considering submission to About Write, the voice of Off-Campus Writers' Workshop.
Submissions to ABOUT WRITE are open only to current members of the Off Campus Writers' Workshop