Come and enjoy our company. Our meetings are open to everyone.

The CAA–NCR holds monthly meetings September through November and February through June. In December we hold a Winter Social, and in January we take a break from wintry commutes.

We meet at the McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa, (see map below) except for the NCWC awards night, which is held in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Our meetings are FREE to Canadian Authors Association members or $10 for non-members.

Each meeting has a different theme with a well-known guest speaker from the industry or from a specialty field relevant to writers. We gather at 7:15 p.m. and begin with a reading and a writing challenge.


Our 2018-19 Program

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First Page Challenge CAA-NCR

Annual General Meeting

Submit the first page of your manuscript and receive feedback on how effective it is at setting up your work and capturing readers, agents or publishers.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Short Story Writing, with Deborah-Anne Tunney

As preparation for the National Capital Writing Contest, Deborah-Anne Tunney will share the fundamentals of spectacular short story writing. Make your work stand out in the crowd.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Meeting Marketing 101: Marketing for Writers, with Sarah Sambles

Whether traditionally or self-published, aspiring or established, every writer needs to know how to market themselves. This can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. In this interactive workshop, Sarah Sambles will demystify the marketing process, explore what marketing can do for you as a writer, and introduce key components to an effective marketing plan. You will come away with the understanding and confidence to kickstart your own marketing campaign.

Sarah Sambles is a local children’s fiction writer and communications coach with nearly 20 years’ experience as a marketing consultant. Her goal is to help fellow writers overcome their fear of marketing and gain the skills to successfully engage their target audience. Connect with her at

Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Winter Social: A Warm Celebration of the Cold

At the home of Arlene Smith

An afternoon of feasting on the food and words you bring to share. As the afternoon progresses, we’ll create a collaborative writing project. What will that be? It will be whatever those in attendance shape it to be. Come and add your presence.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Step by Step to Completion, with Jennifer Mulligan

Are you mired in a mound of half-completed manuscripts or stuck in the middle of a novel you can’t quite finish? Are your notes scattered and all over the place? Accomplished screenwriter, Jennifer Mulligan, leads us in steps she follows to complete her works—steps that adapt to all kinds of writing.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Polishing Your Manuscript, with Nerys Parry

You’ve completed your manuscript and now you want to send it out to the world. Before you do, you need to make sure it is as professional as possible. Nerys Parry shares her expertise in preparing a polished manuscript.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Not Your Parents’ Poetry Workshop

April is Poetry Month. Using ideas gleaned from sessions at the Canadian Writers’ Summit, we will celebrate and create poetry.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

2019 National Capital Writing Contest Awards Evening

7:00 P.M. We celebrate the finalists in the 2019 National Capital Writing Contest.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Summer Social

The McNabb Recreation Centre is at 180 Percy Street, Ottawa, ON. Percy Street is one-way going south, so take the Bronson Exit and travel north to Gilmour Street, turn left and then left again on Percy.

There is free parking, but it is a busy lot. You might have to be patient. On-street parking is available.
The McNabb Recreation Centre is an accessible building. Read more about their accessibility features: McNabb Recreation Centre


CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
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.