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INDEPENDENT WRITERS

35 YEARS. OVER 300 MEMBERS. STILL GROWING.

OIW Annual General Meeting and Reading Night

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Tuesday, February 21

7:00 pm          AGM begins

7:45 pm          Reading Night begins

Calling all members!

Join us at the OIW's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Reading Night to hear about the last year at OIW, learn about what's ahead, participate in Board elections for 2023, and hear some fantastic prose from your fellow writers. 

The AGM is integral to the functioning of OIW and we need your engagement to ensure the ongoing operation of the organization you know and love. It's an important opportunity for all members to review the achievements, operations, and finances of the past year, choose your Board for 2023 and learn about coming events and activities for the rest of the year.

All members will be sent an AGM package in advance of the meeting.

As is tradition, immediately following the AGM portion of the evening (usually around 45 minutes), OIW will hold a members' Reading Night. So pull together the finishing touches on that excerpt and plan to share your work with your fellow writers. Reading nights are always popular, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We will try to accommodate as many readers as possible.



We look forward to seeing you there!

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Submissions open for 2023!

Deadline is

March 31st, 2023

OIW 2023 Anthology season now open!

This year, the theme will be Connections. 

Our lives are built on connections: with family, friends, colleagues, pets.

Connections to the earth, connections to our past; connections to homes and homelands, ideas, philosophies, groups... connections to past lives or spirits, even to alien beings!

We have lost connections (like through COVID), found connections... we all need to be connected to something or someone for our sanity and survival.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2023.

You must be a full-time or senior member of OIW with a valid annual membership in order to submit. 

Please review all Submission Guidelines on the website before submitting your stories and poems. We look forward to our members’ innovative, thoughtful and memorable entries. 

Happy writing!

Painting: Human Connections I, Lena Bera-Pancini

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. 

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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!

Ottawa Rising
OIW's 2022 anthology

A few copies are still available. $10 each. Click to order.

Shipping is additional. When you order please mention if you are able to pick up your copies or you want them delivered. We will quote you a shipping price based on Canada Post rates. 

A few copies are still available. $10 each. Click to order.

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.

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