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Submissions Open!

The 2024 anthology is well underway and we welcome submissions from all OIW members.

Head on to the Anthology page to read the guidelines for submission and find out more.

Deadline: March 31st, 2024

Not a member yet? Sign-up now to submit to the anthology, and enjoy all the benefits of being an OIW member.

Great speakers! Fantastic workshops! And so much more! 

Click here to join now!

More Upcoming Events

Coming in February

Online Event

Annual General Meeting

February 27, 7 PM
Calling All Members!

You are invited to attend the annual general meeting (AGM). Find out what events the Board has been up to the past year and the upcoming plans for OIW. Vote for the upcoming board. Then stick around for the Reading Night!

Reading Aloud in Classroom

Online Event

Reading Night

February 27, 8PM
Calling all OIW Writers!

This is your chance to share a short excerpt of your work. It can be a piece from a novel, short story or personal essay you're working on. Get your best 300 words together and share with fellow OIW members. Starts immediately after the AGM.


In-person Workshop

The Craft of Description

Sunday, March 3, 10 AM


Join OIW in collaboration with Writers Collective of Canada (WCC) for a community writing workshop focused on the craft of description. No experience is required. We will be inspired by examples of powerful descriptive writing and will use those examples as writing prompts. Following the WCC exploratory writing methodoloy, we will explore each authentic voice, listen deeply, and respond to others. The workshop will help to generate new ideas, surface what's inside you, and get you thinking about ways to be more creative in description.

Members check your inboxes for details.

Guest Speaker - via zoom

Brett Popplewell

Online Event

Tuesday, March 19, 7PM

The Unreliable Narrator
When truth and fact collide 

Join us to hear from Brett how to create a reliable narrative when faced with an unreliable narrator. BRETT POPPLEWELL is a bestselling author and associate professor of journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Mother Jones, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Maclean's and The Walrus, among other publications. A winner of multiple National Magazine Awards in Canada, his work has also appeared in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best Canadian Essays

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OIW currently meets on Zoom and in-person depending on the event.

For on-line meetings, a link is sent to paid members before the meeting.

Our in-person events are spread throughout the year with plenty of workshops, book launches, reading nights, and get-togethers that 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. 

Sunset Reading



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.


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!

Meet a few of our writers


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. (1).jpg

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. (2).jpg

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. (3).jpg

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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