Meetings

We are writers helping writers.

At our meetings, special guests inspire us and help us to advance our writing projects.

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

Due to COVID-19, our plans for 2020-21 are tentative. If possible, we will meet in person in:

No matter what, we will provide a Zoom option for joining the meeting.


Our 2020-21 Program

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Tentative location: The Friendship Room, Trinity United, 1099 Maitland Ave., or via Zoom, or both.

Painting, Poetry and Prose: Launch of the National Capital Writing Contest

Annual General Meeting

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Authors Association, we are holding a special National Capital Writing Contest. At our September meeting we will unveil:

  • the painting that writers can use as inspiration for poems or short stories
  • the theme
  • an inspiration quote
Brian Turner, artist

BIO: The artwork will be provided by local artist, Brian Turner. Having entered the work force as an architectural draftsman at the age of 16, Brian worked part time and full time for numerous architects and engineers over a 14-year period while he completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees of Education with a Fine Arts major from Okanagan College and Brigham Young University. Brian has recently re-immersed himself in the medium of watercolor after retiring from a 37 year teaching career. Brian’s artwork strives to express his deeply rooted love of the Canadian landscape which is a result of having lived in Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario along with his recurrent career related travels across Canada.
 
In his early years Brian illustrated numerous publications and articles. His production of artwork was laid aside during much of his teaching career and has been re-ignited in his current passion for watercolor. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Tentative location: The Friendship Room, Trinity United, 1099 Maitland Ave., or via Zoom, or both.

Poetry Workshop, with Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle will lead us in a workshop to help us create compelling poetry, for the National Capital Writing Contest or for whatever your writing spirit needs.

Frances Boyle

BIO: Frances Boyle’s first poetry collection, Light-carved Passages was published by Buschek Books in 2014, and her second, This White Nest, by Quattro Books in 2019. Her novella, Tower, with Fish Gotta Swim Editions came out in June, 2018, and Seeking Shade, a collection of short stories from The Porcupine’s Quill will be published in April, 2020.

We’ll walk through the best tips from Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway and apply them to our works in progress or new projects. Have you read On Writing by Stephen King? He has practical suggestions from improving writing. We’ll use Rory’s Story Cubes to bust through writer’s block.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Tentative location: The Friendship Room, Trinity United, 1099 Maitland Ave., or via Zoom, or both.

Writing Short Stories, with Anna Rumin

Some inspiration and expert tips to help complete a short story that will grab and hold readers.

Dr. Anna Rumin is a native Montrealer whose identity has been shaped by the political landscape of her home province, her Russian roots, a passion for life-long learning that has been woven both formally in academia and informally through travel, voracious reading and writing, and a love for the stories hidden in our natural world. Her interest in narrative inquiry stems from her belief that not only do we all have a story to tell, but that our stories help us to better understand who we were, who we are and who we are becoming.  She has designed ten memoir-based writing courses that invite participants to think of themselves as the narrators of their life as seen and written through a particular lens.  Anna writes short fiction and has been the recipient of numerous awards.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

First Page Challenge, via Zoom

Submit the first page of your work, and we’ll workshop it together. Draw on the wisdom of the hive mind to make your first page the best that it can be.

We will begin to accept submissions in early December 2020.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

TBA


Friday, March 12, 2021

7:00 p.m.

The Gallery, Trinity United, 1099 Maitland Ave., or via Zoom, or both.

National Capital Writing Contest Awards

This year our March meeting will be held on the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Authors Association. At the meeting we will celebrate the finalists of the National Capital Writing Contest with food and drinks and fun.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

TBA


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

TBA

Plans for next year

We don’t know how we’ll be meeting – in person, or via Zoom – but we will be meeting.

Visit our Meetings page to find out what we have planned so far for 2020-21.

20/20 Vision Anthology

book cover 20/20 Vision