We are writers helping writers. At our meetings, special guests will inspire you and help you to advance your creative writing projects.

Come and enjoy our company. Our meetings are open to everyone.

We meet at 7:15 p.m. at the McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa, (see map below).

  • Our National Capital Writing Contest Awards Night is held in the auditorium of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Our 2019-20 Program

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

First Page Challenge

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

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.

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

The Ottawa Public Library as a Research Resource

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Libraries these days are about much more than books. There are many electronic resources available to writers, for research, entertainment or just plain fun. Come to find out what’s available to anyone with a library card.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020: RESCHEDULED

The Poetry Meeting with Frances Boyle will take place in October 2020. Details to follow.

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, 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.

Watch for updates about this event.

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

Aa-HA! A decade of one writer’s Aa-HA! moments, with Michael F. Stewart

Everything he’s learned from others and by writing over 25 novels, graphic novels, teleplays, and apps— all distilled into 60 minutes.

BIO: Michael F. Stewart is an award-winning author of many books for young people in various genres, including the Ottawa Book Award nominee Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life. His next novel, Heart Sister, will be out in Fall 2020 via Orca Books.

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

April Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Poetry Month Event, with 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.