30 YEARS SERVING OTTAWA     More than 130 Members

Who do we think we are, anyway?

Welcome to Ottawa Independent Writers. We are the largest writers association in the National Capital Region. Our mandate is to assist all writers at all stages of their writing careers through informative monthly presentations, networking, writers retreats and organizing literary events. We are a fun and inclusive group.

Where to meet us:

OIW gathers every third Tuesday of the month at the Hintonburg Community Center, 1064 Wellington st. W, Ottawa. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm, with presentations startingat 7 pm, lasting until 9 pm. Complimentary coffee and snacks are always at the party.


There is ample parking at the back of the building. Entry is free to members, and a nominal fee of $10 for non-members, applicable toward a membership if they should choose to join.













Dialogue as an Element of Character and Story Development (Back to Basics Workshop)

Join us on November 19th, 2019 at the Hintonburg Community Center as we welcome guest speaker -  professional writer and editor Brian McCullough, OIW Vice-President.

Crafting effective dialogue is a key element of character and story development. Where great dialogue adds punch by creating energy, tension, and unique insight into the minds of your characters, poorly constructed dialogue will make a story slump like few things else. In this fun tutorial workshop, we will examine and practice many aspects of dialogue for use in writing prose fiction/non-fiction, graphic novels/comics, poetry, and script writing for stage, screen and radio/voice-over.

Meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 pm, with presentation starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. Snacks and libations will be served. Admission is free to members and only ten dollars for non-members, applicable to membership if they should choose to join. There is lots of parking at the rear of the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St. W.)



Next Meeting: 

Dialogue as an Element of Character and Story Development

November 19th OIW Meeting

Hintonburg Community Center

1064 Wellington St. W

6:30 p.m.

Back to Basics Workshop

Tied first place: Meghan Negrijn, Pirates in the Pantry
Tied first place: Bobbi Florio-Graham, Plan B
Third place: Maggie Taylor, Making it Right
Honorable Mention: Susan Taylor-Meehan, PTSD Africa

Meet a few of them here...
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Mike Young
Kirk's Landing

Patricia McCarthy

The Crimson Man

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.

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.


    OIW holds eight monthly program meetings each year on a wide variety of writing related topics, normally with a speaker and plenty of opportunity for questions, They are free for members. Click here to see what's on at our next OIW meeting.

    Craig Munro

    Bones of the Past

    Melissa Yuan-Innes

    Human Remains



    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.

    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.

    OIW in partnership with other writers groups and community associations in Ottawa organizes the largest book fair and outdoors literary festival in the National Capital Region. The most recent Prose in the Park Literary Festival and Book Fair was held on June 10, 2017 in the Parkdale Park in Ottawa. Stay tuned for details on future festivals. In the meantime, click here to visit the 2017 Prose in the Park website.


    Click here for more OIW Authors and their books.

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    Then you need our handy-dandy STYLE GUIDE!

    OIW organizes an annual Spring Writers Retreat & Workshop. The most recent retreat was from May 25 to 27, 2018 at the Cove Inn in Westport, Ontario. Acclaimed novelist and poet Steve Heighton was our facilitator. Stay tuned for more details on the 2019 retreat.


    The PEN AND PAPER WRITING WORKSHOP meets at the Rideau Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 377 Rideau (across from Rideau Bakery, next door to Loblaws) every Tuesday evening 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Get feedback on your writing (any genre) and ideas from the group. Hear the work of other writers and offer your feedback. Discuss issues about writing and publishing. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations with a supportive, informal group. Open to OIW members and non-members.


    For more information contact: the_moo37@hotmail.com or call (613) 746-3077 or just show up and we’ll welcome you. Contact: tel: (613) 746-3077 email: the_moo37@hotmail.com



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    A Two-four of Tales has arrived 

    Ottawa Independent Writers is proud to announce the launch of our latest anthology,  A Two-four of Tales: Twenty-four Stories from Ottawa Independent Writers.

    Running the gamut of fiction and non-fiction, delving into speculation and introspection, and exploring the future, past and the present, A Two-four of Tales has something for all tastes.  These stories provide a fine illustration of the diversity of talent among local writers.  With wit, poignant moments and grand sweeps of imagination, these stories will offer an enjoyable escape into prose.

    So dip in and see where the story takes you!

    Copies available for $5 at all OIW Meetings.  OIW-members receive one free copy as part of their membership.

      2019 OIW Holiday Feast & Poetry Contest  

    *Registration required for new venue*


    Mark your calendars, everyone! We have booked our annual December party at a new location this year: Perkins Restaurant, 1130 St. Laurent Blvd., starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 11.

    The venue is new to us, but people can still order individually from the menu and pay their own bills. True to tradition, OIW will be buying the dessert!

    Registration: Because the Perkins party room has a legal maximum capacity of 50 persons, registration of attendance is required. Please email OIW Vice-President Brian McCullough (brian.brightstar@gmail.com) as soon as possible if you wish to attend, and whether you will be accompanied.

    A fun poetry contest has always been a big part of this annual event, so sharpen your pencils for a chance to win a prize. The maximum reading time is three minutes per person.

    We hope to see you at the feast!


    Ottawa Independent Writers

    Postal Box 39016

    Ottawa, ON  K1H 1A1


    Email: communicationsoiw@gmail.com



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