City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Literary Arts

Literary Arts

The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission was created by an ordinance of City Council in 1972. Its mission is to provide and promote a diverse, lively, accessible arts environment that advances the cultural assets and enriches the quality of life of the community. The Commission fosters an appreciation for the arts and artists, creates and promotes public programs of the arts, and helps children in their development of creative skills and talents. It is divided into three major groups: performing arts, visual arts, and literary arts. The literary arts group was created in April 2004.

Literary Arts Directory

A project of the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission, the Literary Arts Directory is an essential tool for Central Ohio writers. The Directory is filled with resources such as local writing groups & workshops, open mics and poetry readings, Columbus publishers, literary agents, writing conferences, book clubs and much more.

The Literary Arts Directory is the first project of the literary arts group. For comments, revisions, or additions to this directory, please contact

Originally, the directory appeared in printed form. It is now conveniently available online as a pdf with new 2015 updates.
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Elise Kendrick, Program Coordinator
The largest and most diverse program of its kind in Central Ohio, UA's Adult Recreation is a non-credit adult enrichment program run through the City of Upper Arlington’s Parks  & Recreation Department. Hands-on and informational writing classes targeting various genres and related topics are offered, ranging from one-evening formats to lengthier durations. Our Adult Recreation provides interesting, affordable choices for both beginning and more experienced writers, taught by qualified, motivated instructors working in the field. A department Activity Guide is published three times a year featuring fall, winter and spring/summer quarter offerings. The course catalog is available online and mailed upon request.

Upper Arlington, 43221
There are many writing classes and seminar offered through the Upper Arlington Public Library and they do an excellent job of posting these worthwhile events of bulletin boards.  Classes are held at the main library on Tremont as well as the Lane Road Branch.

"Pencilstorm is my attempt to organize the scribblings of my favorite writers in a way where you don't have to troll all over the inter webs trying to get the good stuff." - Colin Gawel of Colin's Coffee in UA


Sponsored by the UA Libraries, UA Cultural Arts Division and LifeLong Learning, this free inaugural event for writers off all genres and experience levels is a fantastic one-stop-shop opportunity to attend presentations by local authors and literary specialists, take part in hands-on small group breakouts and browse an interesting variety of informational booths manned by local writing, publishing and support organizations. Crimson Cup will be on hand selling coffee and tea.

  • Go to
  • Click or hover over "Events & Programs" in the brown tabs at the top. A drop down will appear, and then click "Event Calendar"
  • Click through the calendar to October, go the the 15th, then click on the individual program you are interested in.
  • The next screen will show how many are registered ("Main List Count") and if there is available space.
  • To register, attendees will be required to enter their first and last name, and a phone number, plus an anti-bot string of characters to ensure legitimacy. An email address is strongly encouraged, too.

Click here for a list of workshops.

Required pre-registration online or call the library's adult services desk at 614-486-9621.