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Oberlin Creative Writing Group

Posted by Molly Kavanaugh on Sep 1, 2015 10:52:00 AM

jean-creative-writingFrom artists to musicians, and countless others in between, the talent pool at Kendal at Oberlin runs deep. One area where this is especially obvious is in the area of creative writing.

Kendal offers plenty of opportunities for creative writers to share their work, from Kendal at Oberlin’s literary magazine Eureka!, to area and state competitions like the Leading Age Ohio Annual Art & Writing Competition.

What Creative Writing Means to Kendal Residents

It’s true that creative writing has a different meaning to different people – and at different times in our lives. Moving to a new and vibrant community brings about many changes, and contributing to resident publications is one way to get to know the community and your new neighbors better.

Writing provides an outlet for writers excited about the opportunity to:

  •  Embrace new things.
  •  Meet new people.
  •  Be engaged in a new community.
  •  Pursue personal interests and passions

For others, writing is a necessary activity. It allows them to share their joy with others during good times. It’s also a creative outlet for visionaries, the imaginative, and those who are simply gifted with a way with words. Through prose, poetry, fiction and more, creative writing provides companionship, solace, inspiration, and joy for the writer as much as it can for the reader.


Eureka! is a literary magazine published by and for Kendal at Oberlin residents. It welcomes original works for publication that include short fiction, poetry, social commentary, reportage, cartoons, music, drawing, photographs, poetry, prose, and more. As noted in a post to  Kendal at Oberlin’s Facebook page, it has been in publication since 2003. In 2013, the community celebrated 10 years of Eureka, with the covers, front and back, on display in the Community Art Gallery.

Writing for the magazine gives Kendal residents an opportunity to share their creative writing efforts with fellow residents, make new friends, and enjoy an outlet for their own creative energy.

Leading Age Ohio Annual Arts & Writing Competition

Many Kendal residents are strongly encouraged to submit works of art and/or creative writing to the Leading Age Ohio Annual Arts & Writing Competition each year. While the 2015 regional competitions have ended and the state competition will take place September 10 – 11, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, the event is annual. Individuals interested in participating or competing should be on the lookout for more information about upcoming Leading Age competitions.

Regional shows throughout the state select first, second, and third place winners in nineteen different categories. These winners go on to compete in the state competition, where they will compete against other regional winners from across the state.

All participants feel a profound sense of accomplishment whether on the regional or state level of the competition. Traditionally, Kendal at Oberlin residents have fared quite well in the contest and everyone in the greater Kendal community looks forward to seeing more resident work doing well there in the future.

Creative writing is only one of the many avenues for expression that’s available and encouraged among Kendal at Oberlin residents. Art and music are just two of the other creative outlets to enjoy. The key for all residents is to find the activities and organizations that appeal most to them, with more than 80 to choose from, including creative writing for Eureka!, that should be easy!

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