Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region Branch (CAA-NCR)

Serving Ottawa and the surrounding area

Peace Tower, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada

Peace Tower, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada

Whether you are a published author or an emerging writer, you’ve come to the right place.

Writers Helping Writers

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization with a local presence dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and to encouraging works of literary and artistic merit. We do this by:

  • providing information and support to writers
  • providing opportunities for professional development
  • promoting the fair and equitable treatment of writers
  • working in partnership with other relevant organizations
  • increasing public awareness of Canada’s writing and publishing environment

Our National Capital Region Branch gives you both national resources and networking opportunities and local initiatives and programs.

A Proud History

* CAA was founded to lobby for the protection of authors’ rights and was instrumental in the 1924 copyright legislation.
* Stephen Leacock was one of those founding members.
* CAA founded the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
* CAA originated the first standard book contract to protect authors’ rights in negotiations with publishers.
* CAA participates in the national organizations that ensure Canadian writers retain rights to their intellectual property and are paid for the use of their works. These organizations include Access Copyright, the Book and Periodical Council, the Canadian Copyright Institute, and the Public Lending Right Commission.
* CAA helped create The Canadian Writers’ Foundation to provide financial assistance to indigent authors and their families.

Canadian Authors Association is a not-for-profit association with charitable status. [A National Arts Service Organization,Charitable Business Number 10684 3055 RR0001]

Find us on Facebook

Watch our Facebook group page for updates on meetings, workshops, author activities and other news of interest to writers.

Canadian Authors Association – NCR on Facebook

Join Us

When you’ve had a look around, why not join us?


We welcome any volunteer time you have to offer during your membership. Fifteen minutes a month can make a HUGE difference for us! Find out more about volunteer opportunities here.

Health & Dental Benefits for Writers

One of the many benefits of membership includes access to the Writers’ Coalition Health & Dental program.


March meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00 p.m.
McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street
TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want, with L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.

Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when -- financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.

“Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing” -- Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer

BIO: L.D.Cross (Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.

She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.