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Sunday, June 11th
10:30 A.M.

Brian McCullough

The Art of the Advertorial:

Writing Effective Sponsored Content for Commercial Clients

FREE OIW Workshop for Members


If you've ever wondered how to make money from freelance writing, this just might be the workshop for you!

One of the most effective marketing strategies for brand-building is through the placement of “advertorials” – paid advertising in the form of editorial-style articles – in print and online media.


Whether the client is a small business owner, a local school board, or some large not-for-profit organization, this type of client-sponsored advertising offers excellent opportunities for freelancers who can write compelling content, and work to a deadline.

This workshop is only available to OIW members. If you would like to attend, please email us (click the button)

Long-time OIW member Brian McCullough is a professional writer-editor, and multi-disciplined workshop presenter with more than 40 years of experience. A successful freelancer, he has written more than 150 advertorials and special feature articles for Postmedia Content Works and other clients.

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Tuesday, June 13th

Calling all OIW Members!

Our last meeting of the 2022/2023 season will be an in-person Reading Night!

Join fellow writers to network, swap stories, and listen to short excerpts of current members projects.


Admission is free!

Wine and light snacks will be available.

Details will be emailed to all members.


Not a member? Join today and benefit from the workshops, speakers, and events that the OIW Board plans from September to June!

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. 

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!

Ottawa Rising
OIW's 2022 anthology

42 Writers. 42 Unique Voices.

 $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.

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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