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Anthology Launch

October 15, 1:30 PM
Villa Marconi

1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa

It's finally here! OIW's 2023 Anthology is the biggest yet with 49 cintributing authors. Come join us for the launch! Members can pick up their free copy and order more. Just in time for the Holidays!

Guest Speaker

Drew Hayden Taylor

October 17, 7 PM

Guest Speaker:

Guest Speaker:

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

October 17, 7 PM
Going Native

Award-winning novelist, playwright, documentarian and host of APTN's Going Native, Drew enjoys spreading the boundaries of what is considered Indigenous literature. An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, his exploration of the story-telling tradition has explored many boundaries. This Fall, the third season of 'Going Native' will be visiting locales in the Yucatan, New Zealand, Australia and the Arctic. There are many facets to Drew Hayden Taylor which we are sure you will find fascinating-- although what makes his mother most proud was his ability (finally) to make spaghetti from scratch!

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Lawrence Scanlan

October 21, 12 PM
The Art of the Interview

No matter what you write- fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry- research is critical. Invariably you must interview a subject. During this half-day interactive workshop, veteran journalist Lawrence Scanlan will hone your skills as an interviewer. As Peter Gzowski, legendary host of CBC Radio Morningside used to say of his guest, "We're both in a canoe. I steer, they paddle." Done well, the interview leads to interesting and unexpected places.


Guest Speaker

Sarah Everts

November 21, 7 PM
Weaving Fact into Fiction

Sarah Everts (she/her) is a science journalist and an associate professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. She is author of the critically acclaimed book, The Joy of Sweat: The Strange Science of Perspiration (2021), which the New York Times called “crisp and lively… an entertaining and illuminating guide to the necessity and virtues of perspiration.” Her writing has also appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, Smithsonian, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. She spent over a decade reporting from Berlin, Germany before returning to Ottawa in 2019.

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Tim Wynne-Jones

November 25, 12 PM
A Man Walks into a Predicament

Characters are primarily revealed to us by what they say and do. No amount of description will bring them to life as vividly as a scene in which they have to respond in some telling way. In this half-day workshop, award-winning novelist and receipient of the Governor-General award for literature, Tim Wynne-Jones will look at ways that writers can put characters in revealing situations, before unleashing them on to the reading public. Tim's workshops always sell out fast to stay-tuned for the ticket release date!


Party with Sparklers


Holiday Party

December 12, 7 PM

Join us for our annual writer's party where we get together to have too much fun, correct each other's words and have a poetry contest too!

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