What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, November 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

 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, November 14, 2017

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

 TOPIC: Writing Historical Novels for Young Adults: SPEAKER: Ruth Latta

 Ruth Latta, who reviews young adult historical novels for Canadian Materials magazine, and has published three young adult novels set in the past, will talk about approaches to writing this genre, with reference to some outstanding works in this field including her latest novel, Grace and the Secret Vault.

BIO: Ruth Latta’s most recent book is Grace and the Secret Vault, an historical novel set in 1919, for readers ages ten and up. It was shortlisted for this year’s Northern Lit award for literature in English, presented annually by Ontario Library Services North. Ruth won this award in 2011 for her collection of short stories, Winter Moon. She is at work on another novel about Grace Woodsworth, set in the 1920s/ early 1930s. Ruth often reviews young adult historical novels for the online magazine, Canadian Materials. For more information about her books, which include two other young adult novels set in the past, visit her blogs http://ruthlatta.blogspot.ca and http://ruthlattabooks.blogspot.ca, or Google her name. Ruth lives in Ottawa with her husband and her cat.




Breaching Galaxies through Poetry

A Workshop with Albert Dumont

Date: Saturday, November 25

Time: 9:00 to 12:00

Place: Algonquin College

 Cost: $45.00 members of the Canadian Authors Association, $55.00 non-members

Are you aware that words, when skillfully and passionately brought forth, can caress the heart of a human being, bringing it to far away galaxies where only the greatest lovers are allowed to go? Words can untangle the knots clinging to the troubling thoughts of an overburdened mind and free individuals, young and old, to boldly ascend into new and broader horizons, if it is their wish to do so. To register, contact: NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org




Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in downtown Toronto

Presented by Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers

Canada’s Conference for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) 2017 conference. Attendees will be offered a choice of four sessions from the dozen offered, plus two keynote speakers and much, much more. For more information and to register, go to http://canscaip.org



This unique, two-year, limited-residency graduate program enables writers to continue to live and work in their home communities while working with writer-mentors to develop their book proposals and manuscripts. Faculty and mentors for the MFA include award-winning writers published by the top book imprints in Canada and around the world. Program includes two two-week summer residencies in Halifax, and one-week winter residencies in Toronto and New York, featuring guest publishers, editors, agents and writers.  For further course details and online registration information, please go to ukings.ca/area-of-study/master-of-fine-arts-in-creative-nonfiction/  For specific questions about the program, please contact: Kim Pittway (kim.pittaway@ukings.ca), Stephen Kimber (stephen.kimber@ukings.ca) or Dean Jobb (dean.jobb@ukings.ca). Applications accepted on a rolling basis through the year.




 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


  • Genre: Poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction
  • Entry fee: $32 Deadline: November 30, 2017
  • Prize: First: $1250, Second: $500, Third: $250
  • Details: prairiefire.ca/contests

Canadian Women and the Vote 1918-2018: Prairie Fire  (39.1) Special Issue

  •  Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, other
  • Entry fee: No fee
  • Deadline: December 1, 2017 Prize: Payment for work in accord with regular Prairie Fire rates Details: prfire@prairiefire.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/




 TREE READING SERIES at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa

 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Christine McNair + Rhombus 19

  • 6:45p Workshop – (Multi)lingual Poetry with Manahil Bandukwala
  • 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 Christine McNair: Christine McNair’s second book Charm is new-new (BookThug, 2017). Her first book Conflict (BookThug, 2012; finalist for the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award, and the ReLit Award, and shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry). Her chapbook pleasantries and other misdemeanours (2013) was shortlisted for the bpNichol chapbook award. McNair lives in Ottawa, where she works as a book doctor.

 Rhombus 19:  Rhombus 19: Poetry-in-Performance Ensemble is a loose association of students and faculty from the University of Ottawa’s Department of English. We do translations of visual concrete poetry, ‘covers’ of sound and other experimental works, along with original compositions. Our goal is to promote collective forms of joyful human expression, whether semantic or non-semantic

 Tuesday, November 28 Julia McCarthy + Susan Elmslie

Julia McCarthy: Goran Simić called McCarthy’s 3rd collection “a book of meditations for even those immune to poetry”. Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto, ON. She spent a decade living in the U.S., most notably in Alaska and Georgia. She also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa before returning to Canada and settling in rural Nova Scotia where she worked as a potter to support her poetry habit. She is the author of two previous poetry collections: Stormthrower, and Return from Erebus (Brick Books, London, ON 2010) the latter of which received the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award. All the Names Between (Brick Books, 2017) is her third collection.

Susan Elmslie: Elmslie’s book is unflinching urgent celebratory clear-eyed in its brutal wisdom

Susan Elmslie’s first collection of poetry, I, Nadja, and Other Poems (Brick, 2006), won the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the McAuslan, the Pat Lowther, and ReLit awards. Her poems have also appeared in several journals and anthologies—including the Best Canadian Poetry in English and The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2017). She lives in Montreal and teaches English literature and creative writing at Dawson College. Museum of Kindness is her second poetry collection.

The Ottawa small press book fair autumn 2017 / 23rd anniversary edition

 Saturday, November 25, 2017, room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair
noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.

$25 for exhibitors, full tables
$12.50 for half-tables
(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available. Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables. More: