The CAA-NCR First Annual Book Fest planned for April 12 2014


The CAA-NCR will hold its First Annual Book Fest on Saturday April 12, 2014. This will not only display books for signing and sale, but will also permit readers to hear our CAA-NCR authors and other authors in Ottawa and surrounding area to read from their books, and possibly discuss them in public discussion groups, to be selected according to genre. This will depend on the number of participating authors in each genre, such as: Canadian fiction, international fiction, gender issues, politics, children’s books, and erotica. List and sequence of panels will be determined/published by the organizers once all authors and genres are known. Please see the attached PDF for details and author registration instructions.Attachment: Book Festival-The CAA-Announcement-20140114.pdf


Contact: email: by Theresa Jamone on 27 January 2014 to run from 12th April until 13th April)


Workshop: How to Get Published - An Agent and Editor Tell All - June 22


If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you. We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published! Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you do, 3 copies could be helpful. Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. Guest speaker Maria Vicente is an Associate Agent with the P.S. Literary Agency, and she’s the only literary agent based in Ottawa. Maria provides support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process and is dedicated to managing their literary brands for the duration of their careers. Her reading preferences vary across categories and genres, which is reflected in her client list. She is actively looking for literary and commercial fiction, for young adult and middle grade books, and for illustrated picture books. In nonfiction, she’s seeking projects in the pop culture, pop psychology, design, and lifestyle categories. She likes literary writing, strong character development, and original storytelling formats. Maria’s publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency. She also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario, and many years of experience editing and designing literary magazines. She is currently an editor for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a literary/art horror magazine for children. Her blog, I Believe in Story features book reviews, advice for writers, publishing industry articles, and lifestyle posts inspired by literature. You can find Maria on Twitter at @MsMariaVicente. For more about P.S. Literary Agency, see here. Fee for members of the OIW: $35.40 + 13% hst +$40 paid in advance or $38.08 + 13% hst = $43 if you wait to pay at the door. Fee for the general public: $40.71 + 13% hst = $46 paid in advance or $43.36 + 13% hst = $49 if you wait to pay at the door. To register, email See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Algoma, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, the GTA, Ontario and beyond. Sunday June 22, 2014 - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa.


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(Submitted by Randy Ray on 04 March 2014 to run from 4th March until 21st June)


Upcoming Workshop: How to Write Fantasy Fiction - May 24, 2014


Ever wanted to write in the most popular genre in fiction? At this half-day Writing Fantasy Fiction workshop, led by indie publisher Patricia K McCarthy of Ottawa, you’ll learn about the types of fantasy, plotting, writing graphic sex scenes, the macabre and other aspects of fantasy publishing. Patricia, who is known as Ottawa’s fang queen, will walk you through the process and make if look easy. She will conduct exercises on plotting and writing a successful pitch and you will leave the workshop feeling confident about what to do next. Cost: $45 each or Early Bird, $35. Payment entitles you to receive one free Crimson novel from McCarthy’s first trilogy. WHEN: Saturday, May 24, 2014. WHERE: 160 Elgin St. 20th Floor, Ottawa (in the boardroom at KPMG). TIME: 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. BUY TICKETS: Sign in at the security desk in the lobby when you arrive. A guest will bring you up in the secure elevator. Park inside the building. Bring your paper ticket. Coffee, water and light snacks will be offered during break period. (This workshop has capacity for 40 persons, so book now and take advantage of the limited Early Bird seats).


Contact: email: web:

(Submitted by Randy Ray on 03 March 2014 to run from 3rd March until 23rd May)


Library Reading


Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be reading from her book, ’Amazingly Extra-Ordinary Women’ at the North Gower Public Library on 4th line Road in North Gower, Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m.Contact: tel: 613-489-1768 email: web: by Emily -Jane Hills Orford on 28 February 2014 to run from 28th February until 21st March)Live it * Write it * Learn it - An Eight Week WorkshopA writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and/or non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group atmosphere, and learn to take risks with your writing. A guest speaker, who is a published author, will attend at least one session. Eight weeks beginning after March break, two-hour evenings (day to be determined), in the fabulous boardroom of Dymon Storage on Coventry, off Vanier Parkway. $174: Pay by end of February for 10% discount. Contact: Susan Hickman (afternoons or evenings)


Contact: tel: 613-290-7646 email: web: http://

(Submitted by Randy Ray on 16 February 2014 to run from 16th February until 16th March)


UK Short Story Contest Looking for Submissions


2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished, non-UK and UK based writers over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). The entry fee is £8 per story (about 15 CAD). The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) April 30th 2014. Full details and rules at


Conact: Joe Melia. Bristol Short Story Prize Co-ordinatorContact: tel: 07708 095414 email: Bristol Short Story web:

(Submitted by Randy Ray on 30 January 2014 to run from 30th January until 14th April)


Canuck Magazine Looking for Stories and Poems


Opportunity is knocking for all the great creative writers we know are out there across Canada! Our Canada magazine — a reader-written publication produced by Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada — is launching a fiction section beginning in the February/March 2014 issue of the magazine and poems and prose are needed. The editors are looking for short stories, creative nonfiction and poems that are set in Canada, include Canadians themes and/or reflect Canada’s way of life or values. They want insight into Canada as a nation, its people or the Canadian experience. They welcome submissions from yet-to-be discovered Canadian authors and published Canadian writers alike. Stories selected will be published in Our Canada’s new section called Writer’s Block. The word limit is 1,200 for stories. Entries can be submitted online at or by regular mail at Our Canada, Writer’s Block, P.O. Box 988, Stn Main, Markaham, ON, L3P 0M1. Reaching almost a million readers, Our Canada has been bringing Canadians together since 2004. To find out more, please visit our website or read our sample issue available online here:


More info: Johanna Donovan | Writer/Editor, Digital & Print Our Canada & More of Our CanadaContact: tel: 514-940-0751 ext. 3220 email: web: http://

(Submitted by Randy Ray on 09 January 2014 to run from 9th January until 1st April)


WEEKLY WORKSHOPS: Pen and Paper Writing Group


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:


Calendar for Writing Contests Available


The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2014 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Contact person is Deborah Ranchuk at White Mountain Publications

Contact: tel: 1-800-258-5451 email: web:



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