Events and Programs

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

 

Meetings

Come out and meet us!

The CAA–NCR holds regular monthly meetings September through May (except December, when we have a Winter Social).

Each meeting has a different theme, usually with a well-known guest speaker from the industry or from a specialty field relevant to writers.

More information about our meetings here.

 

Workshops

Workshops sponsored by CAA-NCR feature a well-known presenter from the industry or from a specialty field relevant to writers and provide for more information and advice than is possible in our meeting presentations.

More information about our workshops here.

 

Writers’ Circles

The concept of writing circles has been around since people began to write.

These circles have grown from a simple gathering of a few people sitting along the lake shore to more elaborate gatherings in church basements—and, yes, even bars and taverns! Many of these precursors were hardly as positive and supportive as our circles of today.

The Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region Branch, supports a number of writers’ circles within our “catchment area”—which spans many kilometers outside of Ottawa and into the nearby regions of Québec.

More information about our writers’ circles here.

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.