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OTTAWA

INDEPENDENT WRITERS

35 YEARS. OVER 300 MEMBERS. STILL GROWING.

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Our Annual Holiday Party & Poetry Contest is on December 14.

Give your poem a polish and a shine!

We'll have lots of prizes to win!

Tickets are $25.

Click below for more details.

OIW currently meets on Zoom.

A link is sent out to registered members before the meeting.

We have a few in-person events as well to encourage members to meet, network, and share writing, and publishing experiences. Our Events page has all the details!

Interested in joining? Visit our Membership page to learn more. 

Ottawa Rising
is here!

The Ottawa Independent Writers Anthology roars back to life after a pandemic hiatus with stories of hope, redemption, humour, and rebirth.

OIW Members can pick up their free copy at one of four designated spots in Ottawa.

Please email us for details.

Interested in getting published? Join OIW today. Our annual Anthology is a collection of writing from OIW members some of whom have been published for the first time! Visit our Membership page for more details.

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OUR MEETINGS

MONTHLY MEETINGS

OIW holds nine monthly program meetings from September to June each year on a wide variety of writing related topics, normally with a speaker and plenty of opportunity for questions.

CURRENT MEETINGS

OIW gathers every third Tuesday of the month with presentations starting at 7 pm, lasting until 9 pm. The meetings currently take place on the Zoom virtual platform.
Visit our membership page to sign-up now!

OUR MEMBERS
Meet a few of our writers

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Mike Young

Kirk's Landing

Mike was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining town with a nearby First Nations reserve. He grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with his friends, and his grandfather. Kirk's Landing, a crime novel, was his first book. In 2016, he published a sequel, Return to Kirk's Landing.

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Patricia McCarthy

The Crimson Man

Author of the wildly imaginative Crimson vampire series, currently consisting of (6) novels: The Crimson Man, The Crimson Boy, The Crimson Woman, The Crimson Time, The Crimson Crimes, and her latest in the series The Crimson Dream. The Crimson vampire series takes place in Ottawa, Canada.

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Craig Munro
Bones of the Past

Craig has spent his life traveling and moving from one field of work to another. A voracious fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, it was only a matter of time before he turned his mind to creating a world of his own. The Bones of the Past is the first installment in the epic fantasy series - The Books of Dust and Bone.

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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Human Remains

Melissa Yuan-Innes (Melissa Yi) is an emergency room physician. Her newest Hope Sze crime novel is HUMAN REMAINS. THE STOCKHOLM SYNDROME, a previous Hope Sze novel, was selected by CBC Radio as a best crime novel of the season.