We are writers helping writers.

We get together to share writing news, and to learn from special guests who inspire us and help us to advance our writing projects.

Join us. Our meetings are open to everyone.

Meetings are free for members of Canadian Authors Association. During COVID, non-members may choose to support us by donating through the link below.

Until further notice, all meetings will take place via Zoom. If you wish to join a meeting, send a message to

Our 2020-21 Program

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom. Contact to receive the invitation.

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.

Via Zoom. Contact to receive the invitation.

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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom. Contact to join.

Writing Short Stories, with Anna Rumin

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

BIO: 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

7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom. Contact to receive the invitation.

Use Humour to Enrich Your Writing, with Pierre Brault

No matter what type of writing you do, if you look deeply into it to search for the “funny,” unexpected insights await. Pierre Brault will draw from his experience as a playwright, actor and comedian to show how humour enriches creative work.

BIO: Pierre Brault is perhaps best known for writing, performing and touring his multi-award winning solo shows with Sleeping Dog Theatre, 5 O’Clock Bells (GCTC co-production; national tour; Rideau Awards for Outstanding Male Actor and Outstanding New Creation), Portrait of an Unidentified Man (NAC co-production; Canadian and New Zealand tours), and Blood on the Moon (Capital Critics Circle & Montreal English Critics’ Circle Awards: Best Actor). Pierre was GCTC’s playwright-in-residence in 2006-07 and again in 2009-10. He has appeared in numerous films and has also worked extensively as a comedian touring regularly across Canada. Pierre is the recipient of the inaugural Audrey Ashley Award for his body of work contribution to the Ottawa theatre scene.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom. Contact to receive the invitation.

Microsoft Word for Writers, with Matthew Bin

Are you making the most of your writing software? Matthew Bin will share Microsoft Word tips and tricks to simplify and streamline your writing experience. When your work is formatted and organized, it’s easier to keep those ideas flowing . . .

BIO: Matthew Bin is a novelist, non-fiction writer. He has more than twenty years’ experience as a professional writer, producing technical documentation, marketing copy, and other business communications. He is the past national chair, communications chair, and acting membership chair of the Canadian Authors Association. He is also a Canadian football journalist, a licensed humanist marriage officiant, and bass player and backup shouter in a punk rock band.

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

National Capital Writing Contest Logo

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

Flash Fiction

Details to follow.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

7:00 p.m.

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 February 2021.

November Meeting

Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

via Zoom

Writing Short Stories, with Anna Rumin

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



20/20 Vision Anthology

book cover 20/20 Vision