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Sparklers

Highlights
from our last
2022/2023 Season

Shyam Selvadurai

September 2022- Guest Speaker

Acclaimed author and novelist Shyam Selvadurai shared tips and techniques writers can use to create vivid detail and bring characters and settings to life.

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"Ottawa Rising" Book Launch

October 2022- Event

OIW's first anthology print since the pandemic, was a 260-page book with contributions from 47 members. Well done everyone!

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Kate Heartfield

November 2022- Guest Speaker

Historical fantasy author, Kate Heartfield, shared key techniques of incorporating speculative elements into fictional worlds.

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FriesenPress 

October 2022- Workshop

FriesenPress hosted a free information session for OIW members demystifying traditional and self-publishing landscape for writers. 

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Andrew Westoll

October 2022- Guest Speaker

Award-winning writer Andrew Westoll introduced a framework for transforming true happenings of in creative non-fiction, into true prose.

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Tim Wynne-Jones

November 2022 - Workshop

OIW members spent an afternoon with Tim as he looked at ways in which setting can become more than simply back drop – can become the “music” of a scene.

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Holiday Party

December 2022 - Event

Cocktails, games, and a Poetry Contest!

1st place - Angelo Fulco

2nd place - Peggy Lehman 

3rd place - Brian McCullough

Wrapped Candy

Annual General Meeting

February 2023 - Online Event

OIW board presented the challenges overcome with technology, the Covid pandemic, and achievements, Nine OIW writer's shared their latest and proudest work during the Reading.

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Bob Barclay

April 2023 - Workshop

Bob Barclay gave a workshop that demystified document formatting elements such as: margins and fonts, headers and footers, paragraphs and indents, to assist writers with publisher's requests.

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Charlotte Gray

January 2023- Guest Speaker

Renowned biographer and social historian, Charlotte Gray, discussed why it is so challenging to publish non-fiction in Canada, and what opportunities remain for a writer with a good ideas.

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Phil Gurski

March 2023- Guest Speaker

Phil shared shared tips about writing non-fiction versus fiction and the sacrosanct relationship with sources, to ensure OIW crime and thriller writers get the inside scoop!

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Cody Caetano

April 2023- Guest Speaker

Best-selling author and member of the Pinaymootang First Nations, Cody spoke to OIW about world-building in memoir-writing, and his unique perspective on being bith a writer and a literary agent.

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Scott Bury

May 2023 - Guest Speaker

Author, blogger, and marketer, Scott shared his online methods for expanding readership and promoting book sales using self-marketing techniques of 7 Planks of Author Marketing, that included numerous tips on building a loyal audience of readers and the pitfalls of doing so.​

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Reading Night

June 2023 - Event

Our last meeting of the 2022/2023 season was an in-person Reading Night at the Marconi Center. It was a chance to network, swap stories, and listen to short excerpts of current members' projects.

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Brian McCullough

June 2023-Workshop

Brian guided participants in the art of writing effective sponsored content for commercial clients.

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