Events coming up in June

Early June Novel Workshop on June 5th. It’ll be at 4PM at the Giant Eagle Kingsdale Market(3061 Kingsdale Center, Columbus, Ohio 43221). For more information, check out the facebook event page at

Craft book club on June 19 at 3PM. The meeting place will be determined soon. The club will be discussing Stephen King’s “On Writing.” For more information, check out the facebook event page at

Late June Novel Workshop on June 26. It’ll be at 4PM at the Giant Eagle Kingsdale Market(3061 Kingsdale Center, Columbus, Ohio 43221). For more information, check out the facebook event page at

There’s also a Nautre Outing to get our creative juices flowing on May 15 at 3PM. We’ll be meeting at Chadwick Arboretum (2001 Fyffe Ct, Columbus, OH 43210). For more information, check out the facebook event page at




Happy birthday, Inkstone!

Over two years ago in March, amongst coffee and pie on a lonely table in Sassafras Bakery, Gigi and I came up with an idea to start Inkstone. It didn’t come because the world needed another writer’s group or workshop, but out of necessity, since we were both working on novels, and there were no workshops around that were focused on novels or long-term writing.

Inkstone is and always will be about the needs of writers, because that’s where our seed originated from. I’m glad to be part of this literary community with all you talented writers, and here’s looking forward to many more bountiful years with you.

Finding your storytelling voice seminar

Hey, it’s been a while, how’s everybody? Why haven’t you joined Inkstone’s Facebook group yet? It’s where you’ll catch up on all the events that’s been going on with the group.

Either way, let me announce that we’ll be starting the first of our monthly seminar classes next Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the Kingsdale Giant Eagle Market Place at 3061 Kingsdale Ctr, Columbus, OH 43221, at 1PM. We’ll be discussing regarding developing your storytelling voice, and discovering the reason why you make the choices that you do as you structure your story to be read by an audience. For more information regarding this event, please visit:

The reason why I picked this topic as this month’s class is because Inkstone is readying itself for the return of our monthly novel workshop, which is the main reason why Inkstone was created two years ago in the first place, and the reason why we’re proudly bringing it back to our group. For more information regarding this event, please visit:

That’s all for this update. Enjoy the rest of March and hope to see you all next Saturday!


At The Inkstone, we’re here to help you become the best novelist you can be. The task of writing a novel is difficult and often fairly isolated. Having work critiqued is another challenge, learning to pitch, networking, and knowing the industry are all additional hurdles to the ever evolving process from page one to publication.

That is why we created The Inkstone. Many local groups meet monthly or bi-monthly, which is great for smaller stories. However, for the novelist, the arc of creation is longer. Our goal is to help you find the resources and grow the skills to write, become published, and keep writing.

Our group structure is always evolving to meet the needs of our members.
At the very least, we meet once a month for networking, pitching, and goal-setting:
The meeting is be held at the Kingsdale Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington’s cafe (3061 Kingsdale Center Columbus, OH 43221) on the last Wednesday of each month at 7PM. Come prepared to talk about your writing and your goals.

Varied workshops, courses, and outings.
The needs of a writer are ever growing and change, so we do too. Members have presented workshops and short courses to hone their speaking/teaching skills. We’ve hosted a craft reading book club, to encourage technique building and application. We have outings to cultural, artistic, and writing events in order to network and be exposed to new ideas. Join us and become the best writer you can be.

While Gigi and Tom have founded the group, we see our role being that of moderators. At the end of the day, we’re novelist, just like you.

Why ‘The Inkstone’? In Eastern calligraphy, ink was traditionally made as it was needed by the writer. A large stone basin would have water dripped into it. Then a smaller stone, an ink stick, would be ground against the stone basin with the water. The grinding of the two special types of stone releases fine black particles into the water, turning it to ink. It is our hope to help novelist polish their stories and presence, taking the raw elements of first drafts, taking off the rough edges, until it is published ink on the page, be e-ink or ink on the pages of a book.

Questions, comments?