CAA-NCR Biweekly Literary Events Oct. 13 to 25, 2015


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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: Oct. 13 to Oct. 25, 2015

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 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at

 CAA WRITING CIRCLES (WCs) have started for the 2015-16 season

The Circle at McNabb Community Center (Percy Street just north of Gladstone) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 in the meeting room, and we have space for a couple of new members.

This is an opportunity to receive feedback from a knowledgeable group of writers; many participants have published the very material critiqued in their circle

Participation is FREE to CAA members. Non-CAA-members may join for $75 for the year. For more information or to join a writing circle, please contact the Coordinator.


TOPIC: Marketing in the Digital/Social Media World – Differentiating yourself in the online marketplace

PRESENTER: Laurel Anderson
DATE: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

With the Internet and proliferation of blogs and online publications, everyone’s a writer these days. How do you set yourself apart when it comes to your brand and your audience? What should you be doing on social media to engage your audience and market your work?

BIO: Laurel is a freelance writer and Social Media and Communications Strategist. When not working on her collection of Shorts (really short stories) she provides digital marketing and communications consulting services to individuals, companies, brands and other organizations that need help telling their story.
As a writer, Laurel has covered everything from daily news stories, people profiles, entertainment, lifestyle, gossip, fashion, trends, movie reviews and more for both print and online publications. She has been known to tackle both serious issues and lighthearted topics during her column run with a local newspaper. Her years of entertainment work allowed her to experience both sides of the industry while working on and writing about shows like Canadian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Canada’s Walk of Fame.


 Short Story • Poetry $300 • $200 • $100 NEW! Open to all residents of Ontario and Quebec. NEW!

  • Short Story, max. 2500 words. Poetry (not Haiku), max. 60 lines including title & blank lines.
  • Must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.
  • In English, typed, double-spaced (but not for poems), on 8 1/2 × 11″ paper, one side only, page-numbered consecutively on bottom right of pages. No extra-large type, please! Indicate category and title on top left corner of every page.
  • Contest is blind judged which means the Contest Coordinator will assign a number to your entry that will correspond to what she sends off to the judge. (Don’t put your name on it anywhere!)
  • Don’t forget to include your entry fee.*
  • Please understand that we can’t acknowledge receipt or return your entries.
  • CAA–NCR reserves the right to withhold any prize should entries fail to meet expected standards.
  • We will need a separate page with your information on it: category, story/poem title, name, address, phone number, e-mail address. Cheques payable to Canadian Authors Association–NCR.

 I’m in! How do I do this?

Entry fees* are $15 per story; $15 for up to three (3) poems. Poems will be judged individually.

 MAIL ENTRIES TO: CAA National Capital Writing Contest, 163 Bell St., N., Box 57081, Ottawa ON K1R 7E1. Attention: Sherrill Wark

 Awards Night

We hope that all finalists and their friends and families will attend the always-exciting Awards Night, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7 PM, AUDITORIUM, MAIN BRANCH, OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Finalists may be invited to read their entries.

Winning entries will be published in CAA–NCR’s e-mag Byline. (Copyright will remain with you.)


Midnight FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2016. (Get it postmarked if you’re close). QUESTIONS? Cntact Sherrill Wark, Coordinator, NCWC at

*“One Free Entry” for CAA–NCR members no longer available.



 DATE: Sunday, October 18 2015 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset St West, Ottawa

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RailRoad presents a fabulous afternoon of poetry featuring: Carol Stephen & JC Sulzenko Launching co-authored Breathing Mutable Air; Barbara Myers & John Pass

Hope to see you there!





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Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Public Library, Main Auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
Free event, no registration required, sponsored by Capital Crime Writers & the Ottawa Public Library

Self-Publishing via Kobo Writing Life – Mark Lebefvre, Director, Kobo 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Have you heard all the hype about self-publishing? Interested in checking it out but not sure where to start or whether it’ll be worth it? In a two hour session, Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations will describe the current state of the publishing industry, including the many different options available for authors. In the first hour, he’ll summarize various traditional publishing options and describe what types of author projects might be best geared towards indie publishing. In the second hour, Mark will offer advanced tips and advice for authors who are already self-publishing and are looking to increase their sales across multiple sales channels. He’ll also provide specific strategies that will help authors maximize their global sales via Kobo.

Doing Social Media the Right Way – Linda Poitevin, Author 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

It’s pretty much a given that authors need to be on social media these days, but if you’re subjecting your followers to a constant barrage of “buy my book,” you may be doing your marketing efforts more harm than good. Join local author and social media enthusiast Linda Poitevin for a look at how to maximize your online presence the right way – and pick up some new social media marketing tips along the way.

Editing for Self-Published Authors – Linda Poitevin, Author and Stacey D. Atkinson, Editor

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  As an author who has self-published multiple books, Linda Poitevin knows firsthand how expensive self-publishing can be—and how tempting it can be to skip certain steps in taking your book to market. She also knows all the reasons why a professional edit should never be one of those skipped steps. Drawing on experience and observation, Linda will share with you why the all-important edit is so important, and offer suggestions on where to look for an editor that will fit with your needs and your budget.

Do you need an editor for your self-published book? In this panel session local editor Stacey D. Atkinson will discuss the four types of editing, costs, time frames, and resources available to you. She’ll also describe the role of the editor versus the role of the author/publisher. Learn about the editorial process followed by a question and answer period. See  for more information



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            


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



  •  Tuesday, October 13 – 8 pm Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street Laurie D. Graham + Vera Wabgijig Workshop 6:45 Pm With Colin Morton
  • Sunday, October 18- 4:00 pm Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam Featuring Estefania Alfonso! – Pressed, 750 Gladstone, Ottawa, Ontario
  •  Wednesday, October 21 – 7:00pm The Sawdust Reading Series Presents Sandra Ridley, Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa
  •  Thursday, October 22 – 6:30 pm OIW October Meeting featuring Bob Barclay, The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St. Ottawa
  •  Monday, October 26 – 6:30 pm John Newlove Poetry Award Reading and Ceremony Maxwell’s 340 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1M6


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Saturday Oct 24

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