Upcoming Events

  • July 31, 2014Contest Entry Deadline
    6:30 pm, Events
  • August 21, 2014 – August Meeting
    6:00 pm, Events
  • September 18, 2014 – Anniversary Dinner and Awards
    6:00 pm, Events

About the Greater Canton Writers’ Guild

The written work that appears on this website is not the property of the Greater Canton Writers’ Guild.  It is the sole property of the authors of each work.  Our writers retain full rights to their written work.

(See below for meeting information)


Welcome to the Writers’ Guild!

The Greater Canton Writers’ Guild was founded in 1964 for beginning and professional writers for purposes of learning, discussion, and mutual support. It includes persons of diverse skills who share a common commitment to the craft of writing.

From the beginning, exchanges of ideas, manuscript critiques, and reports of market information have produced lively and informative monthly meetings. Friendships have formed, and poetry, short stories, and books have emerged.

Guild meetings (see below for meeting information) are open to anyone who has an interest in writing. Please join us at our next meeting and bring a writing friend!

The winners of the 2013 Ken Miller and the Marlene Stottsberry writing competitions:

Stottsberry Award for Excellence in Fiction went to Stacey Trombley (Dangerous); Award of Merit, Michael Kiggans (N., K., and I); Honorable Mention,  Julie Lindsey (Night Fishing).

Ken Miller Award for Excellence in Non-fiction went to Namiko Golden (Evacuation); Award of Distinction, Mela Saylor (Paperholics); Honorable Mention, Dr. Audrey Lavin(Sometime They’ll Give a War and Nobody will Come)
Judge’s Choice Poetry Award went to Phyllis Lee (In a Kitchen Drawer, Midwinter); Award of Distinction, Christina Romell (Life Story) ; Honorable Mentions, Mary Hanninger (Covered in Dirt) and Carol McFall (For Life on Our Planet).
Monetary awards for the poetry contest were provided by the Canton Poetry Society
Deadlines for the 2014 contests are July 31.

Upcoming Events

The Greater Canton Writers’ Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Regular meetings are free and open to anyone with an interest in writing. Please join us at our next meeting and get to know the people of the Guild and the pleasures of writing! Details can be found on the Upcoming Events page.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be the Guild Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, July 17th at 6-ish at Price Park in North Canton (click for location).  Mela will need to know how many will be attending.  If you previously signed the list and can’t make it, please let her know. The Guild will be providing fried chicken or pizza, drinks and table settings. Please bring a side dish and/or desert to share.    This is in place of our regular meeting. The critique group still meets one week later.  Again, poets are welcome.

For those who are interested in sharing what they are working on, the meeting will begin with readings. Two page minimum.  The topic for the evening will be on public speaking for writers.

Click here for a map to our regular meetings at the DeHoff Building  and here for parking.   Hope to see you all there!


P.O. Box 8381, Canton, Ohio 44711-8381