CAA-NCR What’s Up in Ottawa Literary Events for October, 2016




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 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at


 Tuesday, October 11, 2016     MEETING TOPIC: Better Late Than Never, with Sonia Tilson

7:00 p.m. McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa

 We will hold a brief annual general meeting to review our financial statements and vote in the new executive. Standing for election or re-election are: Chair, Arlene Smith; Treasurer, Frank Hegyi; Recording Secretary, Phyllis Bohonis; Program Chair, Debbie Rose; Membership Chair, Francois Mai; Branch Historian, Gill Foss.

DETAILS: At the point of retirement many people know they would like to write but feel it’s too late to start. Sonia will talk about the circumstances that led to her experience as a late-bloomer in the world of publishing.


CAA-NCR FALL WORKSHOP  First Page Challenge In cooperation with the Ottawa branch of the Editors Association of Canada

 Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125, 120 Metcalfe ST., Ottawa, ON

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Cost: $45 for members of the CAA-NCR, $60 for non-members.

Registrants will need to SUBMIT their best “first page” by Friday, October 28

Register: Contact Arlene Smith at

One of the most popular sessions at the 2016 Canadian Writers Summit was the “First Page Challenge.” Writers submitted the first page of their work to editors and publishers and received feedback on whether or not those savvy literary professionals would want to turn to page 2.  Workshops | Canadian Authors National Capital Region


 All Writer Workshops (online workshops)

Premier Workshops for the Beginner Writer, All Writer Levels & Indie Published Writer. An AWW online workshop is a real class that is taught on a custom website that you attend with the use of your computer or electronic device. All you will need to attend these workshops is a credit card and an Internet connection.   You’ve never taken an online workshop before? No problem.

We’ll walk you through our program and show you how easy it is to learn more about writing from the comfort of your home, lunch breaks at work or anywhere, because our program is nothing like other online course sites. Details:

WRITESCAPE Upcoming 2016 Workshops:

 November 5 Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds Come to the dark side of character development and put some “bad” into your story. Find a new villain or add more nasty to an old one with Ruth E. Walker. Location TBA: Durham Region, Ontario. For more information on Writescape and to register for a retreat or workshop, visit:

 Fern ResortNovember 4, 5 & 6, 2016 Turning Leaves Featuring literary agent Hilary McMahon  Want to get your manuscript to the head of the line with agents and publishers? Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative Artists gives you insights and advice from the other side of the desk. Here’s your chance to chat with one of Canada’s top literary agents and learn how best to pitch your query in her workshop. Turning Leaves Brochure 2016   REGISTER NOW A $250 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in Turning Leaves 2016




Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here:



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 INFO:  and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT’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

MFA, Creative Nonfiction, University Of King’s College, Halifax:

Image result Now in its fourth year, this unique writing program has already received praise across North America. The prestigious international magazine Publishers Weekly has described the King’s MFA as “the only program of its kind in Canada” and “ideal for students who are continuing their careers while completing their degrees.” The MFA also attracts writers who are in mid-career; the average age of our applicants is 45.  One of our first graduates, Pauline Dakin of Halifax, says the program has “opened doors to the publishing industry that often seem closed.” Indeed, Pauline now has a book contract with Penguin Canada for her memoir, which will be published in 2017. Jessica McDiarmid (Class of 2016) has a contract with Doubleday Canada for her true-crime narrative, and a separate contract for this project with Simon & Schuster in New York. Her classmate, Helena Moncrieff, has a book deal with ECW Press in Toronto for The Fruitful City, to be released in 2018.

Our low-residency program focuses on the art and craft of writing under the mentorship of award-winning writers in Canada and the United States. We also prepare graduates for the practical work of being a professional writer by introducing them to publishers and agents in New York and Toronto. The MFA is supported by an advisory team chaired by Anne Collins in Toronto. She is the award-winning publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group.

You will not have to relocate to complete this graduate degree. In fact, there are only six weeks when writers need to be in Halifax, New York, or Toronto. If you have a non-fiction book idea you want to pursue seriously – regardless of where you live – we  hope you will consider the University of King’s College.    We’ve got your book.  

Don Sedgwick, Executive Director, MFA in Creative Nonfiction, University of King’s College (Halifax) P: 902.422.1271 ext. 282  E:






 Tuesday, Oct. 11 2016 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 8:00 p.m. Open Mic and Featured Readers Joe Denham + Vanessa Shields.  More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events:


 Sunday October 16th, 2-4 pm University of Ottawa. Alex Trebek Alumni Hall, 157 Séraphin-Marion Private, Ottawa, ON, Johnson Hall Main Floor Book Launch for: Smart Aging for Women: A Guide to Living a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, Elizabeth Rigley, author RSVP by Oct. 7 to:

10616147_719512231476757_4644385450363778813_nWednesday, Oct. 19 Sawdust Reading Series Presents: Roland Prevost at 7 PM – 9 PM, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa.  Come one, come all for an exceptional night of poetry featuring incredible Ottawa poet Roland Prevost and our newest contest winner, TBA. Don’t forget your poems for the open mic! Pour Boy features on-street parking, direct #2 bus service, and an affordable menu. Look for us upstairs!

 Tuesday, October 25 Tree Reading Series, Gallery 101, 51B Young Street Ottawa, 6:45p Workshop – Speculative Fiction and Place with James Moran  8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers  David Stymeist + Richard Harrison More about the poets, videos of previous featured readers and info on upcoming events:


writers festival logoOTTAWA INTERNATIONAL WRITERS FESTIVAL In full swing in October

Monday Oct 3 –Thursday Nov. 17 For a listing of all events and ticket info:



Friday, October 21 LiPS COSTUME S.L.A.M. IN PERTH at Coutts Coffee Roastery & Café 7 PM – 9 PM,  57 Gore St. E., Perth, On   Prize for best costume.   Admission $5.00 Performers get in free

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