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., Ottawa. Meetings begin at 6:30 pm, with presentations starting at 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.
Last October, we released our annual anthology of short stories - a fine illustration of the diversity of talent within Ottawa Independent Writers membership.
If you enjoyed reading the 2019 OIW Anthology - A Two-four of Tales: Twenty-four Stories from Ottawa Independent Writers - and would like to let us know which stories moved you, made you laugh or just rocked your world, now is your chance.
OIW is holding a contest to give you, the members and readers, a chance to vote on your favourite stories from the 2019 Anthology.
Make your voice heard by voting in the contest and letting our writers know how much you enjoyed their work.
Click here to have your say. Votes will be accepted until April 15th, 2020. The winners will be announced at a subsequent OIW meeting.
Leap Day is coming! A reminder that the deadline for submissions for the 2020 OIW Members Anthology is Saturday, February 29.
Things are a bit different this year, in that we are looking for submissions of original fiction/non-fiction, poetry, and scripts for stage, screen or radio. Only one submission per member will be considered.
The upper limit for prose fiction and non-fiction is 3,000 words. The upper limit for poetry and scripts is 250 lines, including stage directions.
This is a members' only activity, and members must be in good standing to have their manuscripts considered for publication. Submissions must be the member’s own original work.
2020 OIW Members Anthology
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. MANY THANKS TO ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS. LOOKS FOR THE 2020 OIW ANTHOLOGY IN THE FALL.
There are boards...
... and then there are Boards!
Ever wondered how the sausages are made? Want to know what's behind the curtain? Now's your chance to find out!
OIW is looking for a few good Board members. Nominations will be held at the February OIW meeting. We have 5 returning nominees, but there at least 7 positions to fill. If you’d like more information, please feel free to email or better yet, come chat with any of the Board members at the Holiday Feast or January OIW meeting. We’ll be happy to fill you in on all the details.
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.
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
OUR WRITERS, THEIR STORIES
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FOR EMERGING AUTHORS
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.
MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETINGS
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.
Bones of the Past
PROSE IN THE PARK LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR
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.
OIW ANNUAL SPRING
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.
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PEN AND PAPER
WRITING GROUP WEEKLY WORKSHOPS
Want to see what the membership's been up to? Click the YOUTUBE link to see meetings and readings!
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: or call (613) 746-3077 or just show up and we’ll welcome you. Contact: tel: (613) 746-3077 email: email@example.com
It is with regret the OIW Board of Directors has decided to cancel the April and May meetings. We will leave the June meeting open at this time in the hope that we may be able to have one final meeting before the summer break. If this is not possible it will be September. But for now let’s stay positive.
The OIW Spring Retreat in Westport with Susanna Kearsley has also been cancelled . We hope to reschedule at a later date.
Staying home, and using social distancing, and isolation if necessary, is not easy and times are difficult and worrying. Rest assured this will pass and life will once again get back to normal, albeit it may be a different normal. At least we have the internet, which helps to keep us in touch with friends and loved ones. The board has chosen to use the internet to keep in touch and we are putting together a newsletter - more details coming very soon.
So writers, sharpen your pencils and flex your fingers on the keyboard and get writing. I expect our bragging session, once the meetings start again, have the potential to be very busy with new books and accomplishments in 2021.
Take care and stay safe everyone.