Writing Circles

Improve Your Writing

Writers who attend our circles find that their writing improves through this interaction, and frequently the writing circle helps them through the dry and stagnant stages that happen to all writers. By participating in a CAA–NCR writing circle, you have your writing validated and improved by other supportive writers—and it’s a lot of fun.

Participation is FREE, to members. The cost is $75.00 per year for non-members. Members may join more than one writing circle.

Current Writing Circles:

  • Centretown Circle: McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street (the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.)
  • West-end Circle: St. Martin de Porres Church, Old Richmond Road, Bells Corners (the afternoon of the fourth Monday of the month)

More more information, contact us at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org.

About Writing Circles

The concept of writing circles (by many names) has been around since people began to write. These circles have grown from a simple gathering of a few people sitting along the lakeshore to more elaborate gatherings in church basements—and, yes, even bars and taverns. Many of these precursors were not as positive and supportive as our circles of today.

poetscircle1The Purpose:

Writing circles are gatherings of writers who help each other to build better stories–to tame the errant paragraphs, fix the runaway punctuation and soften the unbecoming personality traits in a literary character.

The Process:

Since writing is usually done in isolation, writers often lack the networking contacts that offer support and advice on their efforts. Grandma and Uncle George may think the work is the best thing since the motorcar started exceeding 30 miles an hour, but is it?

Writing circles allow writers to give and receive constructive feedback and to encourage each other in the challenge of writing that next bestseller, major script, book of poetry or memoir. Participants learn as much giving constructive feedback to others as they do receiving it.

Works-in-progress are circulated among circle participants prior to the meeting. uing feedback is shared in a comfortable, safe, supportive environment based on an established format, and guidelines that have proven to work.

Depending on the agenda, there may also be writing exercises which challenge members to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Exercises often reveal hidden talents or encourage members to expand their writing repertoires into new genres.

Don’t worry about a bruised ego. Writing circles are guided by experienced leaders who ensure that critiquing is delivered in a positive manner that is constructive to the writer.


NCWC Results

Announced Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 p.m.
In the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library

Short Story
First Place: Ingrid Betz, for Leaving is Just a Suitcase Away
Second Place: Adrienne Stevenson for Rules of the Road
Third Place: Sonia Tilson for Wild Strawberry Jam

Honourable mentions:

Anne-Marie Beattie for The Reservoir Man
Adam Heenan for The Tent Man
Anna Rumin for Gently into the Night
Jeff Shiau for Coffee or Tea

First Place: Joan McKay for “A Memory of Light”
Second Place: Marianne Jones for “Child of the 50’s”
Third Place: Gill Foss for “Beyond HRV”

Honourable mentions:

Gill Foss for “A Change of Pace”
Gill Foss for “Ode to Invisible
Ian Prattis for “The Seasons”