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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar on Bank Street buys and sells used books of merit, serves locally roasted coffee, craft beer, and biodynamic wines and hosts live events.
  • Renouf’s Books — Ottawa’s “government bookstore” — was founded in 1888 and offers books, reports, and documents from government organizations and the private industry.

CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.