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Anthology Launch

October 15, 1:30 PM
Villa Marconi

1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa

It's finally here! OIW's 2023 Anthology is the biggest yet with 49 cintributing authors. Come join us for the launch! Members can pick up their free copy and order more. Just in time for the Holidays!

Guest Speaker

Drew Hayden Taylor

October 17, 7 PM

Guest Speaker:

Guest Speaker:

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

October 17, 7 PM
Going Native

Award-winning novelist, playwright, documentarian and host of APTN's Going Native, Drew enjoys spreading the boundaries of what is considered Indigenous literature. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, his exploration of the story-telling tradition has explored many boundaries. This Fall, the third season of 'Going Native' will be visiting locales in the Yucatan, New Zealand, Australia and the Arctic. There are many facets to Drew Hayden Taylor which we are sure you will find fascinating-- although what makes his mother most proud was his ability (finally) to make spaghetti from scratch!

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Lawrence Scanlan

October 21, 12 PM
The Art of the Interview

No matter what you write- fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry- research is critical. Invariably you must interview a subject. During this half-day interactive workshop, veteran journalist Lawrence Scanlan will hone your skills as an interviewer. As Peter Gzowski, legendary host of CBC Radio Morningside used to say of his guest, "We're both in a canoe. I steer, they paddle." Done well, the interview leads to interesting and unexpected places.

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

For on-line meetings, a link is sent 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!

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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