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 at 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.2014-09-09 18.01.48

2017-2018 Meeting Dates

Tuesday, September 19
Tuesday, October 10
Tuesday, November 14
December Winter Social
Tuesday, February 13
Tuesday, March 13
Tuesday, April 10
Tuesday, May 8 – NCWC Awards Night – at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street
Tuesday, June 12


Winter Social
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
At the home of Arlene Smith

Bring along your favourite finger food and a short piece of seasonal writing to share.

RSVP and get directions at:

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
TOPIC: The Examined Life: Understanding Ourselves Through Memoir
SPEAKER: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith

Far beyond the celebrity “tell-all,” a well-written memoir offers much to both the writer and the readers. A memoir can transform the pain of the past into clarity, and also provide an insightful exploration into an aspect of life, a time of life, or a certain place in time. Lee Ann will present some options for themes and structures within this genre, as well as tips for how writers can use specific techniques to keep the reader reading.

Bio: Lee Ann Eckhardt Smith’s workshop series for writers of family history and memoir, “Write It So They’ll Read It” has been running in Ottawa, Perth, and other locations across Ontario since 2007. She is the author of two acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Her website is

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TOPIC: Playwriting
SPEAKER: Laurie Fyffe

What makes a play different from other forms of writing? How do you get the characters to tell your story? What
exactly is ‘dramatic action’? And how does the playwright craft dialogue to serve both characters and plot?
It’s all about wants and desires.
BIO: Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, dramaturge, actor, arts administrator and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre, Ottawa. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
TOPIC: From Print to Film – Every writer’s dream
SPEAKER: Ian Prattis

Dr. Ian Prattis will discuss the surprising manner in which the opportunity to turn one of his books into a movie came to him.

BIO: Dr. Ian Prattis is Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Zen teacher, peace and environmental activist. Born in the UK, he has spent much of his life living and teaching in Canada. He is an award winning author of fifteen books. Recent awards include Gold for fiction at the 2015 Florida Book Festival (Redemption), 2015 Quill Award from Focus on Women Magazine (Trailing Sky Six Feathers) and Silver for Conservation from the 2014 Living Now Literary Awards (Failsafe: Saving the Earth From Ourselves). His book Redemption is being made into a movie. His poetry, memoirs, fiction, articles, blogs and podcasts appear in a wide range of venues. A Poet, Global Traveler, Founder of Friends for Peace, Guru in India, and Spiritual Warrior for planetary care, peace and social justice, he offers public talks and retreats all over the world. Ian encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The 2018 National Capital Writing Contest Awards
At the Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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


Winter Social

Saturday, December 9
2 to 5 p.m.
At the home of Arlene Smith
Food, drinks, stories, poem.
Contact: somertonsmith @