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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Aug. 31 to Sept.13, 2015


 Writing Circles: Improve Your Writing

 Participate in a CAA–NCR writing circle, have your writing validated and improved by other supportive writers—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 (as of 2015):

  • Centrepointe Circle: Chapters, Pinecrest Mall (evening)
  • Downtown Circle: McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street (the second Tuesday evening of the month just prior to the CAA monthly meeting)
  • West-end Circle: St. Martin de Porres Church, Old Richmond Road, Bells Corners (the afternoon of the fourth Monday of the month)

We have a Saturday morning, McNabb Recreation Centre writing circle coming soon. For more information or to join the writing circle, please contact Sharyn Heagle.



 Note: Due to renovations being undertaken at Mcnabb, we had to bump the normal meeting date to the 22nd of the month. Hope to see you then!

PRESENTER: Dr. Francois Mai   DATE: Tues. Sept. 22, 2015 TIME: 7:00–9:00 pm LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

 Dr. Mai’s presentation is based on his book Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven (McGill-Queen’s UP 2007). Beethoven’s passionate nature was wonderfully reflected in his music and, through narration of some of Beethoven’s life experiences and playing recordings of selections of his music, the presentation will illustrate how Beethoven expressed those emotion in his music. Dr. Mai will recount stories about Beethoven or read extracts from his book and then play a selected piece of Beethoven’s music that expresses the emotion or feeling that goes with the story described, and discuss how he was able to translate that into the written word.

BIO: Dr. François Mai is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained specialty qualifications in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Great Britain and spent most of his working life as an academic psychiatrist. Music has also been his passion, in particular the music of Beethoven. A competent amateur pianist, in the 1990’s he produced two CD recordings were used to raise funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario. (His late brother David suffered from schizophrenia.) In 2007 McGill-Queen’s University Press published his book “Diagnosing Genius: The Life and Death of Beethoven” which describes the many medical and psychiatric problems Beethoven experienced, and the effects they had on his creativity. Dr. Mai’s website link is: 


 CAA-NCR MEMBER, Nerys Perry at OIW September meeting

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa

Nerys Perry, author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will present Story Management – Getting it down and getting it done, on Thursday, September 24th. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00 pm. Members free, guests $10, discountable on purchase of a year’s membership.

 CAA-NCR MEMBER, JC Sulzenko to curate The Glebe Report’s “Poetry Corner”

 The Glebe Report monthly community newspaper will publish poems four times a year, beginning fall 2015. The feature, “Poetry Quarter”, will be curated by JC Sulzenko, Glebe poet, author and educator. They’d like submissions of poetry from: adults, teens 14 to 17 (high school students), or children 9 to 13 (about grades 4 to 8). We are open broadly to submissions from poets who live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe or its close neighbouring communities. We are looking for poems with qualities that reflect the people in the Glebe, their sensibilities and their lives –– poetry of any kind, on any topic (within the bounds of public discourse). Poems should be original work, unpublished previously in any medium, and not exceed 30 lines in length. Email submissions to . Up to 7 poems at a time as a WORD .doc or .docx attachment. Include your contact information.



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 Algonquin’s graduate certificate Scriptwriting program still has some places available for this September. This exciting, 8-month program will teach you to write fantastic features, short films, television, play and digital media scripts.  All our courses are taught by professionals who are working writers, actors, directors and more. You’ll learn how the media and film industries work, how to flourish as a freelance writer, and how to pitch, network, and promote yourself.

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your original TV series and feature film to top players in Toronto; all the major broadcasters, HBO/The Movie Network, EOne TV, Comedy, Space, DHX Media – and important film producers, distributors and screenwriters. Part of your one-act play will be read by professional actors in front of a paying audience in our Hothouse Play Reading Series.

In your field placement, you’ll get invaluable on-set and/or production experience that might land you a paying job after graduation. Besides the people you meet on your placement, you’ll personally meet most of the major forces in Ottawa film, television and new media when they come to visit our class.

More info: contact Lynn Tarzwell at and/or check out our site at our FAQs:


BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL                        
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to            


A list of UK submission calls/contests: 

 Additional links to contests and submission calls visit Canadian Authors National Capital Region website here:


 Ottawa International Writers Festival events  writers festival logo

  •  Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm Centretown United Church, 507 Bank St. Ottawa, John Ibbitson on Stephen Harper, hosted by Andrew Cohen
  • Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 pm, all Perth Bookstores, Perth 2nd Annual Writing Competition
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:00 pm • Canadian War Museum • 1 Vimy Place, Book Launch: Unflinching, The Making of a Canadian Sniper, with Jody Mitic

 More info and later events:


Date: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015  8 p.m. Featured Reader and Open Mic
Location: Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

A. F. Moritz’s new book is a long poem, Sequence (House of Anansi Press). His poetry has received various notices, including the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize of Poetry magazine, the Ingram Merrill Fellowship, the ReLit Award, the Raymond Souster Award of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of his books have been finalists for the Governor General’s Award. His poems have appeared frequently in Poetry, Hudson Review, Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Southwest Review, Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, etc.

More info at Tree Reading Series

 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, Thurs. Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13, Eden Mills, Ontario

 Festival organizers are buzzing with excitement and anticipation over our 2015 line-up. They’ve assembled an eclectic group of critically acclaimed authors representing a range of literary genres from fiction, poetry and non-fiction to memoirs and thrillers. With adult, teen and children’s programming, the entire family’s imaginations will be unleashed. More info:

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