DATE & TIME   |   August 13th, 2022 – Networking at 12:00 pm for those on ZOOM–we don’t have the meeting room until 12:30. We will hope to slip in earlier if the previous meeting has ended.  Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes.
LOCATION   |   Meeting will be Hybrid:  Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026. See below for further instructions.
TOPIC   | J.E. Irvin: Ignite the Flame Contest Judging

Ignite the Flame Contest Judging

Our Program

Join Contest Chair J.E. Irvin as she presents a workshop on how to judge the Karen Harper Memorial Ignite the Flame Contest. As part of the session, we’ll practice judging, scoring, and providing feedback on a 10-page sample entry that she will provide.


Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

Presentation is free for members and all judges. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the members-only Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email

Per library policy, “Prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms.”

This meeting will be recorded, and all judges are asked to watch it if they cannot attend the meeting.


About Our Speaker

J.E. (Janet) Irvin is a career educator and the award-winning author of five mystery/thrillers. She holds degrees in English, Teaching, and Spanish from Ohio University, the University of Dayton, and the University of Cincinnati. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, creosote, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and FLIGHTS. An avid nature lover, canoeist, and hiker, Irvin, her husband, and their two crazy cats live in Springboro, Ohio, where she serves on the city Park Board.

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