Writing Links


  • Capital Crime Writers, founded in 1988, is for those interested in writing or researching crime fiction and meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
  • Ottawa Independent Writers, created in 1984, is dedicated to writers with a yearning to create fiction. Their site contains contests, links for writers and editors.
  • The Valley Writers’ Guild has information on awards, competitions, and upcoming writing events in Ontario. A writer can join the group for $35 per year.
  • All Writers Meetup Groups helps you to meet writers in the Ottawa area. Check out some other writers or list your own profile.
  • Arts Carleton Place is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to empowering artists and Carleton Place area residents through the arts. Arts Carleton Place has pledged to build on the power of the arts to invigorate the community while contributing to the economic development of the town.
  • Council for the Arts in Ottawa has information on the arts community in Ottawa including information on awards, events, and membership.


  • [places for writers] has resources for Canadian writers about writing news, events, submission information, contests and writers’ obituaries. They also have links to publishers and literary magazines, among others. Updated daily.
  • Booming Ground, UBC’s non-credit Creative Writing program, provides manuscript evaluations or allows you to work one-on-one with experienced writers in multiple genres in the mentorship program (starting between August and November).
  • The Ottawa Public Library, with 34 locations across Ottawa, is an invaluable free service to any writer. Borrow books on any subject, whether to perfect your craft or to research a new subject. The OPL offers reservation lists on hard-to-find books and volunteer positions.
  • The Internet Public Library is a repository for research. Check out facts on law, health, and entertainment. The site offers links to almanacs, dictionaries, and thesauruses.
  • Library and Archives Canada provides access to Library and Archives Canada — the Canadian government’s greatest research tool. It provides information on Canada’s rich history and its citizens.

Writing Tips

  • Canada Revenue Agency: Visual Artists and Writers has invaluable information on the Income Tax Act. Download it in HTML, PDF, BRF, or text format. The BRF and text formats are friendly to the visually impaired.
  • Copyrightlaws.com, dedicated to Canadian and American writers, helps straighten out the myths and confusions around copyright laws. It includes a newsletter, articles, and listings for workshops.
  • Citation Machine tells you how to properly cite your sources and is handy for books, short works, newspaper articles, interviews, Web pages, and more.
  • Online Guide to Writing in Canada has information on Canadian authors, contests and events. It contains everything writers need to know about the Canadian market.


  • Capital Slam/Capital Poetry Collective is a monthly event showcasing Ottawa’s spoken-word artists. Visit their site for information about local artists, upcoming events, and information on how to join the CPC.
  • The Ottawa International Writers Festival includes information on upcoming events, how to buy tickets to the festival, and how to become a member.
  • Ottawa Storytellers has monthly “story swaps” and other events. Their story swaps are from 7:30 until 10 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the Library of Archives. Make contacts and have fun.
  • The Tree Reading Series is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events, and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community.


  • Mill Street Books in Almonte, ON is a small, community minded shop which offers a wide selection of books and great customer service.
  • Read’s Book Shop has loads of links about writing. Browse their reading, writing, and reviewing links.
  • Perfect Books opened on Elgin Street in Ottawa in April of 1994. This independent book stores strives to be a part of the downtown community and responsive to the needs of our neighbourhood.
  • Books on Beechwood is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving the New Edinburgh neigborhood in Ottawa for over fifteen years.
  • Singing Pebble Books on Main Street has a wide selection of books on health and healing, women’s studies, philosophy, self help, parenting, psychology, metaphysics, vegetarian cooking, Eastern and Western spirituality.
  • Serendipity Books and Gifts is a a metaphysical store and wellness centre located in the heart of Wellington West in Ottawa.
  • Bookscanada.ca has information on Canadian books as well as links to buy the books online.
  • Renouf’s Books — Ottawa’s “government bookstore” — was founded in 1888 and offers books, reports, and documents from government organizations and the private industry.

March meeting

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.