What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, September, 2017





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 Meeting start time changed to 7:15 p.m . • No meeting in January so we can hibernate on a cold winter night and not worry about a snowy commute. • A meeting in June instead when snowstorms won’t be an issue.

A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas.

OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS:  7:15 p.m. at McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

  •  September 19, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • November 14, 2017
  • December “Winter Voices” Social
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • April 10, 2108
  • May 8, 2018 NCWC Awards Night
  • June 12, 2018

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings can be found on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (Note, this meeting is on the third Tuesday)

Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: TED Talks / BOOK Talks and our Annual General Meeting  

After a short AGM we will watch writing-related TED talks and discuss the content. Everyone can bring their favourite book and tell us what is so meaningful about their choice.

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 Winter Programs Now Open for Application!

Our winter residencies are open for application. The Fables for the 21st Century program invites emerging and established Canadian writers to explore and re-imagine our individual and collective identities through the creation of an anthology of 10 stories. Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. Deadlines in October.  Browse Programs


·       Villains, Vendettas and Vagabonds September 17, 2017. Niagara-on-the-Lake

·       Turning Leaves 2017 November 3 – 5, 2017 Vicki Delany: One woman crime wave comes to Turning Leaves 

plus On-Demand workshops. More info at: http://writescape.ca/site/#section-43



OTTAWA SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES  Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine.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.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca


From Elee Kraljii Gardiner: Against Death Anthology

I’m happy to announce I will be editing an anthology for Anvil Press with a publication date of fall 2018. As a natural outgrowth of my experience writing Tunica Intima, a long poem memoir about vertebral artery dissection and stroke, and Trauma Head, a chapbook repurposing the medical file, Against Death takes up the issue of mortality. The submission deadline is December 15, 2017.

Against Death is an anthology of creative non-fiction exploring the psychological shifts that occur when we are prematurely or unexpectedly near death. More info and where to submit: https://eleekg.com/against-death-anthology/

 Magnum Opus  A Poetry Anthology on Universal Oneness  (It’s simply a waste of time and labour if poem is submitted without reading the complete submission guidelines!)  Submission Deadline: 31 Dec 2018 (Midnight)  Publication Expected: 2019   Publisher: Authorspress, New Delhi, India  Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha.   Theme Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle. http://vivekanandjha.com/magnumopus.php  Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.



  Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St.  Featured Readers Kateri Lanthier, Monty Reid, and Ramon Sepúlveda   6: 15 pm Workshop @ 6:15 PM: On Writing the Body  Considering the work of contemporary writers such as Natalie Diaz, Bhanu Kapil, Johanna Hedva, Arianna Reines, and Warsan Shire, this workshop will investigate the ethics, poetics, and landscape of representing the body. We will discuss the use of the body in our own work and end with a writing exercise. Please bring a pen and paper. Sarah MacDonell bakes, writes, and scuttles around Ottawa. A 2017 Tree Reading Series Hot Ottawa Voice, she is also Tree’s new social media coordinator.  7:30pm Featured Readers



 WILD WEST POETRY FESTIVAL   October 14 to 21, 2017

 An Invitation to Experience Canada’s Western Wilderness. The Wild West Poetry Festival awaits its new explorers. One such explorer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a poem on June 18 1914 in Jasper National Park. Here is an excerpt from On the Athabaska Trail.

“The mighty voice of Canada will ever call to me. I shall hear the roar of rivers where the rapids foam and tear, I shall smell the virgin upland with its balsam-laden air, and shall dream that I am riding down the winding woody vale, With the packer and the packhorse on the Athabaska Trail.”

The mighty primal voice of Canada calls poets 103 years later to rediscover its wilderness heart. Canada beckons with its beauteous mysteries, untamed horizons, mountain peak curiosities, and its willingness to give writers of adventure unforgettable stories. Limited spots are available. Contact: David Brydges (780-266-8983) email mybrydges@yahoo.ca

Wild Writers Festival  Nov. 3 to 5, 2017 in Waterloo, ON  $135.00 Early Bird prices in effect till Nov. 1, 2017:  The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.  Individual ticket sales will be opened as events are confirmed. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted. Full program and more info here: https://tnq.ca/program/


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