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.

In January we take a break from wintry commutes.

Our regular meetings are held in Meeting Room C or Meeting Room B at the McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa, (see map below).

The NCWC awards night is held in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

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 2019-20 Program

First Page Challenge

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Six writers submitted first pages from their works in progress to be evaluated by expert eyes. At our September meeting, Stacey D. Atkinson, editor, and Jeff Ross, author and writing instructor, will give their feedback about the work. Join us to see how these writers captured their readers from the first page and to learn how to make your first page better.

BIO: Stacey D. Atkinson has worked as a freelance editor, editing fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and she has written and self-published two novels. She completed an editing certificate program at Simon Fraser University, and now works full-time as an editor for Global Affairs Canada.

BIO:  Jeff Ross has been a professor at Algonquin College since 2000. Alongside his teaching, Jeff has written scripts for TV, Animation, and video games. As well, Jeff is the award-winning, best selling young adult author of 13 novels over 30 short stories and has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis and Ottawa Book Awards

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Writing Workshop

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 12, 2019

Polishing Your Manuscript, with Nerys Parry

CAA-NCR Annual General Meeting

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.

BIO: Nerys Parry’s writing has aired on CBC radio and appeared in diverse publications. Her work has been shortlisted for the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press Award, FreeFall’s Fall Fiction Contest, and the Event Non-Fiction Award. Her first novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize, a Winnipeg Free Press’ favourite overlooked book of 2011 , a Typographical Era‘s top 30 Best Reads of 2012, and CBC Daybreak Alberta top five pick for CBC’s Prairies and North Contender Canada Reads 2013.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Winter Social: A Warm Celebration of the Cold

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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 11, 2020

Writing: For Theatre, For Novels, with Melissa Yi

The author of the Hope Sze mystery series has penned books and also written and performed I Am the Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World (and Other True Tales from the Emergency Room). She will share her expertise in writing for theatre and let us know how it compares and how it can enrich writing in other forms and genres.

BIO: Melissa Yi is an emergency physician and award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, DEATH FLIGHT, Dr. Hope Sze battles murder on an airplane. Previous Hope Sze volumes were recommended by the Globe and Mail and CBC Books as best suspense novels of the season.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Poetry Month Event

Details TBA.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

2020 National Capital Writing Contest Awards

We celebrate the finalists in the 2020 National Capital Writing Contest.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Summer Meeting

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

September meeting

Tuesday, September 17
7:15 p.m.
McNabb Rec. Centre,
Meeting Room C
FIRST PAGE CHALLENGE: Jeff Ross and Stacey Atkinson provide feedback to writers about the first pages of their work. See how well the first pages capture readers, and learn how to make your own first page more engaging.