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Guest Speaker - via zoom

Sarah Hegger

Tuesday April 16, 7 PM
Up, Close, and Personal

OIW is tickled to welcome best-selling romance author, Sarah Hegger, to take us through writing character driven stories in genre fiction. Sarah will explore how to connect your reader to the characters and keep them turning the page. Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual. Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. To date Sarah has published over twenty critically acclaimed romance novels, enjoyed by fans all over the world. Sarah Hegger brings her page turning mix of humor, heat, love and real human emotions to her delightful mix of endearing, relatable main characters and riveting secondary characters. She currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, with an evolving pet army and aforementioned husband.

In-Person workshop

Poetry Workshop

Online Event

Sunday, April 28, 1PM

Silvia Fiorita-Smith
Poetry for All

Silvia Fiorita Smith is a freelance writer from Embrun, Ontario who is a lover and writer of poetry. She has published two books of poetry, Figs Beneath the Snow in 2021 and This Strange New Path in 2022. She won second prize for one of her poems in a contest sponsored by the Association of Italian Canadian Writers in 2008. Silvia has been invited to read from her works at coffeehouses in Montreal and Morrisburg, Ontario. She enjoys sharing her love for this literary genre with others and facilitated a poetry club for teens when she worked at a Montreal high school. She has just recently facilitated a poetry workshop for the winter session at the Russell, Ontario library. She is a retired teacher of ESL and is working on a third book of poetry. She is very happy to combine her two passions, teaching and poetry.



Guest Speaker - via zoom

Natalie MacLean

Tuesday May 21, 7 PM
5 Mistakes that can Ruin Your Memoir

Natalie MacLean, named the World's Best Drinks Journalist at the World Food Media Awards, has also won four James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. Before diving into her topic, Natalie will lead us through an informal tongue-in-cheek wine tasting so that we get a taste of how well books and bottles (spines and vines) go together. Don't miss out on this fun, educational event! Be sure to sign up now so that you get an email with the wines Natalie will be tasting, including some non-alcoholic choices if you don't wish to imbibe.

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All day In-person Event

2024 Writers Retreat

Saturday May 25, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Opening Up to your Creativity

We are thrilled to present this exclusive all-day workshop to OIW members. The retreat spans an 8-hour day, featuring five workshops, as well as snacks and lunch..

Details sent via email. Want to know more? Click here
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