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


 OCTOBER, 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

 October 10, 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, October 10, 2017
Location: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy Street at Gladstone, Ottawa

 TOPIC: Historical Writing: Where to look for what you want
Speaker: L.D. Cross

For the writer looking for historical information, we live in a resource rich environment. Here in Ottawa we benefit from facilities supported by taxpayers across the country. Some sources are obvious, others not so. Then there is the online search – a bounty of data both factual and fictional which you need to sort out.
Research never stops. You can always learn something new about an old subject. And it is not just writers who are sleuthing out the past. Everybody is in the hunt for what happened when — financial analysts, car buyers and even scientists. But as writers we get to weave our discoveries about the past into entertaining stories that will captivate readers into the future.
Research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing — Wernher von Braun, aerospace engineer.
BIO: L.D.Cross
(Dyan) is an Ottawa writer of business and lifestyle articles as well as books about unique aspects of Canadian history. Her creative non-fiction articles have received awards of excellence for features and editorial writing as well as writing for seniors.
She won the inaugural Ontario Historical Society (OHS) 2010 Huguenot Society of Canada Award honouring “the best book published in Ontario in the past three years which has brought public awareness to the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of thought” for The Underground Railroad: the long journey to freedom in Canada in the Amazing Stories series.



AUTUMN WORKSHOP With Albert Dumont

Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 9:00 to 12:00
Place: Algonquin College  

Details to follow




 BANFF CENTER ANNOUNCES: 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-nergize their writing practice. Deadlines in October.  Browse Programs


 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    



 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 

 NB: Please note that all submission opportunities are provided for information only. Please be sure to do your own due diligence before submitting your work.



 INDIGENOUS WRITERS’ GATHERING: Overcoming adversity and building resilience

DATE & TIME:   Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm

LOCATION:  395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Pellan Room, 2nd floor

We cordially invite you to the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering: Overcoming adversity and building resilience, on October 4, 2017.

Please join us for a vibrant discussion with prominent Indigenous authors, who will share their perspectives on resiliency. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with the authors as well. Hosted by Jennifer David, the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering will feature:

Tracey Lindberg— citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community, award-winning academic writer, university teacher and indigenous rights activist

Zebedee Nungak— Inuit writer, satirist and political leader

Cherie Dimaline— author and editor from Georgian Bay Métis community

Elder Albert Dumont will perform the opening prayer.

The Indigenous Writers’ Gathering is part of the ongoing #IndigenousReads campaign, which encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature. Simultaneous translation will be available.


 Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 Tree Reading Series Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St.  Featured Readers Jason Christie + Chad Norman + Anne Campbell

 More info: www.treereadingseries.ca



Twenty years ago, on September 5, 2007, Algonquin elder William Commanda welcomed the Festival, our audience and the invited authors to re-connect with each other, with our shared history, and with the world of ideas and art during the opening ceremony of our inaugural Ottawa International Writers Festival. The world and the Festival have certainly changed over the last couple of decades, but some things have remained constant: we are blessed to live in an amazing and supportive community and lucky to be hosting some truly amazing talent from across Canada and around the world. This week we unveiled our Fall 2017 schedule and we can’t wait to get the season started! Read on for a look at what’s to come and visit www.writersfestival.org to see the full schedule.





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/wildwriters/

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