OIW ANTHOLOGIES

For several years, OIW has published anthologies of short stories and poems written by members. Each OIW member receives a free copy of the annual anthology, and the anthologies are available for sale through various on-line vendors, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Chapters-Indigo as well as directly from OIW at the monthly meeting. For more information on the anthologies, please contact Bob Barclay at loosecannonpress@gmail.com

Availability: See note above regarding availability, pricing, payment, etc.

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20 in 18

Anthology by OIW authors

With the theme of short fiction, and carte blanche as to content, we threw out a challenge to OIW members for their 2018 anthology submissions. In response, our authors found twenty very different ways of answering the call: twenty stories to share in this eighteenth year of the new millennium. The tales here range from history to futuristic speculation, from personal memoir to wry comedy, and many other themes besides. Together they provide ample testimony to the versatility and energy of their authors, and a deep appreciation of the talent that OIW boasts among its membership. There is something here for every literary taste, so open the book, dip into it, and enjoy.

Ottawa One Five O Anthology

2017 OIW Antholog Authors: Eleanor Abra, Bob Barclay, Martin Bueno, Benoit Chartier, Judith Cowan, Benardette Cox, Janet Fenwick, Barbara Florio Graham, Gladys Galay, Bill Horne, David Huffman, Darren Jerome, Hazel Johnson, Majid (Abdol) Kafai, Peggy Lehmann, Meghan Negrijn, Keith Newton, Molly O’Connor, Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Maria Saba, Philip Schubert, Margaret Southall, Louise Szabo, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, Alberte Villeneuve, Nix Wadden and Remmelt Westland

Introduction by the Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson

"I am honoured to provide an introduction to this special compilation of prose and poetry to mark our country’s 150th birthday. The Sesquicentennial will be an important milestone for an entire generation, as we all take a moment to reflect on what it means to be Canadian. This special anniversary has particular significance for our country’s capital. This anthology brings to life our collective creative spirit, whether through works of fact or fiction, and to have it showcased for everyone to appreciate. These pieces reflect on our country’s history and heritage, on our present, and upon the potential and possibility of our future. Each work, in its own way, is a reminder of the unique beauty that is Canada and how blessed we are to live in the best country in the world. I hope you will enjoy Ottawa One Five O as a piece of celebration of our Canadian culture in this special year." Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, May 2017.

The anthology is availabe for on-line purchasing through Barnes and Noble.

Thirty at Thirty: Thirty Stories, Thirty Years of Ottawa Independent Writers

2016 OIW Anthology Authors: Silvia Alfaro, Robert Barclay, Benoit Chartier, Jessica Clarke, Barbara Florio Graham, Gladys Galay, Qais Ghanem, Nevin Humphrey, Susan A. Jennings, HazelJohnson, Majid (Abdol) Kafai, Mary Ellen Kot, PeggyLehmann, Keith Newton, Molly O’Connor, Ian Prattis, Norm Rosolen, Raeanne G. Roy, Laurie Stewart, Maggie Taylor, Susan Taylor Meehan, Raymond Tremblay and Remmelt Westland,

Synopsis: Thirty years ago a disparate group of Ottawa writers decided it was time to get together. The initiators of Ottawa Independent Writers represented the full range of literature novelists (in many genres), poets, speechwriters, historians, journalists, essayists and more. By 1990 OIW had hundreds of members, had organized a succesful conference, and had published many newsletters and several anthologies. From the beginning, the OIW has always had this wide base, and this 30th anniversary anthology is evidence of the same spectrum. There continues to be a great deal of talent in OIW; some writers are beginners, others have years of writing experience. and some are starting to write after long experience in other fields. Every story in the anthology demonstrates the members' craft and skill. We can heartily recommend them to you, and we know you are sure to find a few -- or many -- that speak to you.

Thirty at Thirty is available from Amazon; Indigo-Chapters; Barnes and Noble; and other on-line vendors.

Over the years, OIW has published many anthologies by its members and associates.  There are only a few copies of most of these, if any. They are available for $10 each, as available, plus postage and HST.

In all cases, contact wghorne@rogers.com for further information. Payment can be by cheque to OIW or via credit card on our website, but contact Bill for availability first.

Sprouts - The Trillium Anthology

Authors: Tom Shoebridge, Jennifer McClung, Laurel Douma, Brian Hughes, Gianmarco Biasone, Roxana Puia, Laura Greenberg, Alex Gheorghe, Gemma Villanueva, Paul Dwulit, Catherine Joyce, Joe Cousineau, Colleen Leminski, Kimberley Lorente, Jeremy English, Sarah Moffat, Sabine Platzer-Gibbins, Krista Ferraro, Stacey-Ann Morris, Amy McCulloch, Amanda Hutchins, Carissa Di Gangi, Siân Rochefort, Adam Lim, Owen Hewitt, Ruxandra Lungu, Barbara Jane Heath, Jon Pierce, Rosaleen Geraghty, Stephen Gower, Cristina S. Gheorghe, Lisa Wong, LM Rochefort.

Synopsis: Sprouts - Trillium Anthology of the Trillium Writing Conference held by Ottawa Independent Writers in November 2002 at Carleton University. This full-day conference, aimed at senior high school students in creative writing programs, provided both plenary sessions and workshops on the writing business and the writing life. Workshop topics included: Writing Non-Fiction, Screenwriting, Songwriting, Broadcast and New Media, Breaking Into the Writing Business, Writing for Young Readers and many other inspirational and instructive sessions. Participants at the conference were invited to submit a piece of their work for inclusion in the anthology which was published by OIW in March 2003. 

ISBN: 0-920987-10-9

Price: $5 while supplies last

Available: Sprouts can only be purchased directly from the Ottawa Independent Writers. There will be no further printing. Makes a great gift to inspire young writers to enjoy creative writing. 92pp.

Ottawa Gems

Author: OIW Members

Synopsis: The Ottawa Independent Writers recently released the first of an ongoing series of anthologies of members' works. Ottawa Gems contains over three dozen short stories and poems by some 24 of OIW's talented writers. You'll find humour, travel stories, recollections and much more. 107pp.

ISBN: 1-894494-96-2

Price: $14.95 + GST

Available: Both Gems and Jewels may be purchased directly and only from OIW. Payment can be by cheque, cash or Visa. A small additional charge will be added for postage. Special 'combo' pack of one copy of Gems and one copy of Jewels for $35 total. OIW members enjoy a special discounted price.

Ottawa Jewels

Author: OIW Members

Synopsis: The Ottawa Independent Writers recently released the first of an ongoing series of anthologies of members' works. Ottawa Jewels contains 13 longer stories, up to some 8,000 words, by a dozen writers. You'll find intriguing fiction, poignant remembrances, and highly descriptive travel writing, among the genres represented. 162pp.

ISBN: 1-894494-97-0

Price: $19.95 + GST

Available: Both Gems and Jewels may be purchased directly and only from OIW. Payment can be by cheque, cash or Visa. A small additional charge will be added for postage. Special 'combo' pack of one copy of Gems and one copy of Jewels for $35 total. OIW members enjoy a special discounted price.

Treasure Chest By Young Writers Vol. 2

Authors: Grade 5 to 8 students from the Ottawa area, and Burlington, Guelph and Whitby.

Synopsis: One of the Ottawa Independent Writers' goals is to focus on youth. It is our youth who will provide the next generation of great Canadian writers. Some are just learning the rules of language; others, as you can see in these volumes, are well on their way. They have discovered what drives a writer. Among other traits, it's a vivid imagination, a gift to tell a story and the joy of forming words into a picture as bright as colours in a landscape painting. There are no restrictions on age, gender or creed of who can create a story or poem. The reward of approval and positive feedback is a strong motivator for all writers. It is parents, family and friends who instill the joy of reading that helps creates a writer. Dedicated teachers encourage their students to put down their thoughts and support their early efforts. Their support is vital because it's all too easy to find fault and snuff out talent before it has a chance to grow. Some students may choose another way to express themselves and that is fine. But when we find a student who has the fire to write, we have a chance to light a beacon which illuminates both young writers and those who helped them on their way. Students in schools, or who are home schooled, have imagination, talent and the ability to develop into ou r next generation of authors. But how often do they get recognition for their efforts at an early age? Schools do the best they can with limited budgets and evolving mandates. We received stories and poems from 35 schools and home schooled students in Ottawa and all the way to Guelph, Ontario. We in the Ottawa Independent Writers want to give them a chance to have their work published. We were delighted to receive a supportive letter from Kevin Bolger, a teacher at First Avenue Public School, Ottawa, who said in part, 'Success builds success, and this kind of accomplishment really motivates them to write on. Thanks so much!' George Laidlaw, President OIW. 136pp. 

ISBN: 1897072-50-3

Price: $15

Available: www.canadabooksonline.com

Treasure Chest By Young Writers Vol. 1

Authors: Grade 5 to 8 students from the Ottawa area, and Burlington, Guelph and Whitby.

Synopsis: One of the Ottawa Independent Writers' goals is to focus on youth. It is our youth who will provide the next generation of great Canadian writers. Some are just learning the rules of language; others, as you can see in these volumes, are well on their way. They have discovered what drives a writer. Among other traits, it's a vivid imagination, a gift to tell a story and the joy of forming words into a picture as bright as colours in a landscape painting. There are no restrictions on age, gender, or creed, of who can create a story or poem. The reward of approval and positive feedback is a strong motivator for all writers. It is parents, family and friends who instill the joy of reading that helps create writers. Dedicated teachers encourage their students to put down their thoughts and support their early efforts. Their support is vital because it's all too easy to find fault and snuff out talent before it has a chance to grow. Some students may choose another way to express themselves and that is fine. But when we find a student who has the fire to write, we have a chance to light a beacon that illuminates both young writers and those who helped them on their way. Students in schools, or who are home-schooled, have imagination, talent and the ability to develop into our next generation of authors. But how often do they get recognition for their efforts at an early age? Schools do the best they can with limited budgets and evolving mandates. We received stories and poems from 35 schools and home schooled students in Ottawa and all the way to Guelph, Ontario. We in the Ottawa Independent Writers want to give them a chance to have their work published. We were delighted to receive a supportive letter from Kevin Bolger, a teacher at First Avenue Public School, Ottawa, who said in part, 'Success builds success, and this kind of accomplishment really motivates them to write on. Thanks so much!' George Laidlaw, President OIW. 131pp. 

ISBN: 1897072-49-X

Price: $15

Available: www.canadabooksonline.com

Ottawa Gems: Year 2

Author: OIW Members

Synopsis: The Ottawa Independent Writers recently released the second of an ongoing series of anthologies of members' works. Ottawa Gems contains more than three dozen short stories and poems by some 24 of OIW's talented writers. You'll find humour, travel stories, recollections and much more in this book. 147pp.

ISBN: 1-897072-44-9

Price: $15

Available: Both Gems and Jewels may be purchased directly and only from OIW. Payment can be by cheque, cash or Visa. A small additional charge will be added for postage. Special 'combo' pack of one copy of Gems and one copy of Jewels for $35 total. OIW members enjoy a special discounted price.

Ottawa Jewels: Year 2

Author: OIW Members

Synopsis: The Ottawa tndependent Writers recently released the second of an ongoing series of anthologies of members' works. Ottawa Jewels contains 10 stories, up to some 8,000 words, by a dozen writers. You'll find intriguing fiction, poignant remembrances, and highly descriptive travel writing, among the genres represented. 127pp.

ISBN: 1-897072-45-7

Price: $15

Available: Both Gems and Jewels may be purchased directly and only from OIW. Payment can be by cheque, cash or Visa. A small additional charge will be added for postage. Special 'combo' pack of one copy of Gems and one copy of Jewels for $35 total. OIW members enjoy a special discounted price.

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