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Coming in MAY

Guest Speaker - via zoom

Natalie MacLean

Tuesday May 21, 7 PM
5 Mistakes that can Ruin Your Memoir

Natalie MacLean, named the World's Best Drinks Journalist at the World Food Media Awards, has also won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. Before diving into her topic, Natalie will lead us through an informal tongue-in-cheek wine tasting so that we get a taste of how well books and bottles (spines and vines) go together. Don't miss out on this fun, educational event! Be sure to sign up now so that you get an email with the wines Natalie will be tasting, including some non-alcoholic choices if you don't wish to imbibe.

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Image by Alexis Brown

All day In-person Event

2024 Writers Retreat

Saturday May 25, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Opening Up to your Creativity

We are thrilled to present this exclusive all-day workshop to OIW members. The retreat spans an 8-hour day, featuring five workshops, as well as snacks and lunch..

This event is SOLD OUT.

Want to get on the waitlist?
Email us here.


Reading Night

Tuesday June 11, 6 PM

Stay tuned for more details

Personal Desk

Submissions Closed

Submissions for the 2024 anthology are now closed. Thank you to all OIW members for your contributions. Stay tuned for the launch in Fall.

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

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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