This is a partial list of the many writing groups and resources in Ottawa (and beyond).
( A growing community... 80 and counting! )
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)- Canada Chapter
If you have information to add or broken links to report, please contact Patrick
by e-mail at: patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca. You can also call (613) 833-1547
| American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) - Canada Chapter |
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) - Canada Chapter AMWA is an international, nonprofit professional organization that brings together medical, allied-health and science communicators as well as educators interested in improving the quality and effectiveness of biomedical communication in all media. The Canada chapter provides its members with professional development and networking opportunities. Nonmembers are welcome to participate in chapter events.
| AOE Arts Council |
The AOE Arts Council is a dynamic not-for-profit organization that works with the community to develop partnerships, audiences, information, and visibility for the arts. It supports Ottawa artists and arts organizations through programs, resources and services.
Formerly known as the Gloucester Arts Council, AOE was incorporated in 1987 as a
bilingual, not-for-profit membership organization. Since its inception, the council continues to evolve in response
to the needs of its membership and the community it serves. Membership now includes over 85 arts organizations
and many individual members, representing well over 20,000 individuals.
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| Arab and Muslim Writers Union (A&MWU) |
L'Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français(AAOF) was founded in Ottawa in 1988 to develop and promote Franco-Ontarien literature.
| Bad Moon Books | Bad Moon Books WAS a small
but hearty press in west-end Ottawa and had been publishing since 1995. It was the home of the Blood & Guts
Horror Story Competition. The editor was Warren Layberry. He moved to Montreal circa 2007. If you want to reach him, send an e-mail to .
| Bywords |...publishes on a monthly basis poems on the web, a Calendar of Literary Events, and the Bywords Quarterly Journal. Its aims are to publish emerging and established poets who reside, study or work in Ottawa. Bywords will reflect Ottawa's rich multicultural diversity.
| Canada Books Online |
Authors Association (CAA) is one of Canada's oldest writing organizations
and is Canada's national writing organization. Founded in 1921, the CAA has played a key role in the support and
development of the Canadian writing community. It has charitable status as a registered National Arts Service Organization.
Church Press is an association that offers fellowship and support to its
members, who are united in a common bond of Christian communication. Members are encouraged, in an atmosphere of
Christian openness and concern, to lay aside denominational differences in an effort to maintain high standards
of religious journalism.
Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) (The Voice of Canada's Newspaper Industry) is the national voice of the community press in Canada. CCNA currently represents more than 700 English-language community newspapers, with a combined circulation of more than 12 million copies per week. (The Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA)(SEE below) and the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA) are two separate organizations that partnered to create one strong industry voice for newspapers in Canada. Combined, the two associations represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in Canada.)
| Canadian Content |
Canadian Content is published online
on an 'in progress' basis, and freely available. "articles: we look for work on topics of general interest, or aimed at making readers informed. it
doesn't have to be about canada, but should at least relate to being human. they should be well thought out. articles
with spelling errors will be destroyed on contact (if you don't care to spellcheck, why should we waste our time?)."
eAuthors Association (CeA) created this site to feature, showcase, and promote
Canadian writers who have been published electronically. The CeA site was also created as a medium for demystifying
electronic books (ebooks) and electronic readers (ereaders).
Media Guild (CMG) is a democratic trade union, duly recognized and certified
under federal and provincial labour legislation. As of 2010 they have nearly six thousand members, all of whom
work in the Canadian media.
Newspaper Association (CNA) (The Voice of Canada's Newspaper Industry) is
a non-profit organization, representing Canadian daily newspapers (English and French) with circulations ranging
from 1,500 to almost 500,000 per day. (The
Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA)(SEE above) are two
separate organizations that partnered to create one strong industry voice for newspapers in Canada. Combined, the
two associations represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in
Poetry Association (CPA) is "Canada's National Poetry Organization".
The principle aims of the Canadian Poetry Association are to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and preservation
of poetry in Canada through the individual efforts of its members; to promote communication among poets, publishers,
and the general public; to encourage leadership and participation from members, and to encourage the formation
and development of autonomous local chapters. The CPA also maintains a Literary Listserve at: http://cpatalkpoetry.wordpress.com, and they are also on Facebook.
The Canadian Science Writers' Association is a national association with over 275 members including media professionals, communications officers in Science and Technology institutions, technical writers and educators - all of whom are involved in communicating Science and Technology to non-specialist audiences. See also: l'Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec (ACS).
Dedicated apprentice and professional writers use the information they find in Canadian Writer's Journal to acquire the edge they use on their way to publication. Many first-time writers got their start in the Canadian Writer's Journal because we are looking for terrific material, not reputation. .
Crime Writers is made up of Mystery/Crime writers at every stage of their
writing career, and readers who love the genre. Membership is open to all. Unless a special venue has been
set for the month, Capital Crime Writers meets 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the
second Wednesday of every month at Ottawa City Hall, corner of Laurier and Elgin.
Meetings are usually held upstairs in the Honeywell room. Meetings feature a guest speaker, a writing workshop,
or a special venue. Our guest speakers address topics related to crime, the social order, and law enforcement.
| CHUO-FM 89.1's "Click here" |
CHUO-FM 89.1's Click here. is an interview-based, magazine style program hosted by Mitchell Caplan, Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm. The show presents an alternative perspective on the arts and on community issues, focusing on issues not covered by mainstream media and on the underground arts scene. You can also listen to it "live streamed" at www.chuo.fm) . The producer and host is Mitchell Caplan (a WD-List user).
| CKCU-FM - 93.1 |
CKCU-FM is Canada's oldest campus and community radio station. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day and reaches a radius of 120 kilometers. CKCU programming is produced by more than 200 volunteers from the University and the surrounding community. The station features a wide variety of music, public affairs, and ethnocultural programming, as well as presenting the BBC World Service News four times a day. Volunteering is easy and the station provides full training. Call 613-520-2898 about new volunteer orientation sessions or click here.
| Copyright Kids |
The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. is a nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1953 to foster interest in and advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property.
| Council for the Arts in Ottawa |
The Council for the Arts in Ottawa is pleased to provide an
on-line version of the Arts & Heritage Directory, a Comprehensive Guide to Ottawa-Carleton's Cultural Community. The directory includes: Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts & Crafts, Film and Video, Books and Writing, Arts Children & Youth and Festivals. The "Books and Writing" section will be of particuclar interest to local writers.
| Crime Writers of Canada |
| Doran's Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters |
(Hal) Doran's Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters: Hal Doran has worked in broadcasting for over 20 years in both the public and private sectors.
He spent some 15 years with CBC Radio in a variety of locations, including Winnipeg, Sydney, Ottawa and Toronto,
working for both regional and network programs. He has developed one of the most comprehensive sites anywhere and
carries extensive resources on Journalism,
Broadcasting, Searching, Subject Index,
and Ottawa Area Resources. (What this
site does not offer... ain't worth knowing! -pwm)
Association of Canada (EAC) promotes professional editing as key in producing
effective communications. Its 1,000-plus members, salaried and freelance, work with individuals and in the corporate,
technical, government, non-profit, and publishing sectors.
Since spring 1995, we have been serving up our unique recipe to pleasantly startled
audiences in dozens of venues such as the Poetry in the Park series in Strathcona Park, National Library, Rasputin's,
Blue Skies, the National Gallery, music festivals in Ottawa, Kingston, Elora, and on CBC's radio and tv. We issued
our first recording in 1997 (Dangerous Times), a CD, SugarBeat Music & Poetry, in 1998. Our new name, GEODE Music and Poetry, recalls the amethysts, quartz
crystals, foolÕs gold, and other gems found glinting inside the dull grey shells of northern rocks.
Now referred to as he AOE Arts Council is a not for profit organization that promotes the growth and development of the arts in
the community. We are an umbrella organization representing over 50 member groups and numerous individual members.
They have links to a number of funding agencies as well as to a number of arts groups and organizations in the
Poetry Group has readings in Gaelic and English and takes place on the second
Thursday of every month at 8 p.m.at the Bridgehead Coffee House, 362 Richmond Road. Call 726-7583 for more information
(they do not have a Web site).
Workshop meets twice a month at Royal Oak 2, 161 Laurier Avenue East, near
King Edward. When: 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2:00 p.m.. This is an informal, peer-group critiqued meeting of writers.
All forms of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are suitable. Open to all writers, published or unpublished. A session
lasts 4 months. Fee is an affordable $25. Contact: Heather Ferguson, 747-426 (they do not have a Web site).
The Lambda Foundation for Excellence is a federally- incorporated, non-profit organization
with a unique mission - to build bridges of understanding across Canadian communities by promoting the achievements
and culture of gay and lesbian people. The Lambda Foundation for Excellence funds scholarships for gay and lesbian
| The League of Canadian Poets |
of Canadian Poets, a non-profit arts service organization, is the national
association of professional publishing and performing poets in Canada. Its purpose is to enhance the status of
poets and nurture a professional poetic community to facilitate the teaching of Canadian poetry at all levels of
education and to develop the audience for poetry by encouraging publication, performance and recognition of Canadian
poetry nationally and internationally.
The Lanark County Live Poets Society, commonly known as LiPS, is an informal organization of local poets living in the small
towns and rural areas of Lanark County. We come from all walks of life, and range in age from teens to old-enough-to-not-want-to-say,
and are proud of our rural roots and inspirations. Our purpose is to be a supportive community of rural spoken
word poets, spread awareness and participation, and give all, especially youth, an opportunity and venue in which
to express themselves and participate.
The Maple Tree Literary Supplement (MTLS) is mainly an online journal. The goal of the magazine is to promote Canadian writing, both mainstream and the not-so-prominent.
The Media Club of Ottawa is "an association of professionals from all facets of the communications industry."
The Media Club of Ottawa meets regularly at Library and Archives Canada to share experiences, discuss ideas and
learn about new techniques in various fields of journalism.
The Mother Tongue Books - "Your Independent Community Bookseller" offering local, Canadian, and International
Fiction; Poetry; Feminist and Cultural Theory; First Nations and International Writings; Spirituality; Writing;
Psychology; Violence Theory; Children’s Books; Parenting; Health; Childbirth; Breast-feeding; Sexuality; Lesbian
& Gay Studies and Literature.
The National Capital Freenet "Media related contacts", includes: Radio, TV, Newspapers and Magazines, listed
in alphabetical order.
Library of Canada - The Library's collections focus primarily on Canadiana,
works in all subjects written by, about or of interest to Canadians, published in Canada or abroad. You can read
more about the NLC by clicking on the name or logo. To see the ongoing list of public programs, click here.
In 1998 the National Press Club Canada celebrated its 70th anniversary, looking back on its rich history, while keeping a firm eye
on the future.
The North American Travel Journalists Association is the world's premiere professional associaton of writers, photographers and editors, dedicated to the travel and hospitality indjustries.
Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization for members
to unite in camaraderie, friendship, emotional support and encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing,
performing and publishing.
Area Writers Website "is meant as a resource for those interested in
Ottawa Area writers," says Webmaster Warren Layberry, editor of Bad
Moon Books. "My hope with this site is to raise awareness and appreciation
of writers in the Ottawa Area."
Independant Writers (OIW) promote all genres of writing and local area writers.
Their focus is on the "business" of writing and networking. They promote these aims through monthly meetings,
occasional seminars, newsletters, and their web pages.
The Ottawa International Writers Festival
(OIWF) In presenting a 10 day international writers festival every September,
their dual mandate is the development of an informed and educated audience for literature, as well as increased
exposure and recognition for our finest new and established voices by placing them on stage with some of the greatest
writers from Canada and around the world.
The Ottawa Storytellers. This association exists to promote the art of storytelling in our community, to nurture
and inspire both beginning and experienced storytellers, and to provide tellers and listeners of all ages with
opportunities to come together to share and enjoy stories. The group meets on the first Thursday of each month,
from 19:00 to 21:30, in Room 156, Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street. They host a story swap
/ open stage. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come and tell a story and / or listen to the stories.
Light refreshments are served during the break.
| Ottawater |
Founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Ottawa, Canada's glorious
capital city, "ottawater,"
and its chemical formula/logo "O2(H2O)," is a poetry annual produced exclusively on-line, in both readable
and printable pdf formats.An anthology focusing on Ottawa poets and poetics, its first issue appeared in January
2005, 150 years after old Bytown became the City of Ottawa.
Public Broadcasting belongs to all Canadians. They are Our Public Airwaves and they must serve as a national cultural expressway of enlightenment and entertainment.
The Professional Writers Association of
Canada (PWAC) is Canada's national organization of professional freelance
writers. Founded in 1976, we have been promoting the rights and careers of freelance writers and journalists for
over thirty years. [ PWAC has an active Ottawa chapter, with a web site at www.pwacottawa.org. You can also visit their national web site
by clicking on the logo.]
After 24 years of criminous pursuits, Prime Crime closed on March 13, 2010.
The Puritan Magazine was founded in
late fall 2006. It is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario (with roots in Ottawa) and committed
to publishing the best in new fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.
Writers Federation was born when members of FEWQ (Federation of English
Writers of Quebec) and QSPELL (Quebec Society for the Promotion of English Language Literature) voted in 1998 to
unite their activities. The two organizations had been co-funded by SODEC since 1994 and shared an office at the
Atwater Library. They shared similar mandates and had already collaborated on joint projects, such as Write pour
Ecrire, Tongue-tied/langue-liee and the Irving Layton Tribute, as well as the initial Writers & Writing series
of literary readings (The QWF is
listed here because some of its members live in close proximity to Ottawa).
Digest Resource Centre houses materials for the School of Journalism and
Communication (Journalism and Mass Communication Programs) and the School for Studies in Art and Culture (Film
Studies, Music and Art History Programs).
| Smith's List: CanLit Contests |
Smith's List: CanLit Contests is Ottawa
colleague Russell Smith's great contribution to the local writing community. His list is now maintained by the Writers' Circle of Durham Region (WCDR).
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - Our members are illustrators, writers (or writer-illustrators) of materials for young people.
The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
is the only U.S.- based membership organization of working journalists dedicated to improvements in environmental
The Society for Technical Communication (STC)
is is the world's largest and fastest growing professional organization devoted to advancing the theory and practice
of technical communication. The Eastern Ontario Chapter meets in Ottawa and serves the Eastern Ontario region.
| travelwriters.com |
travelwriters.com is run and operated
by Marco Polo Publications, Inc., a privately held company that puts the world within reach, linking together such
diversified areas of the travel industry as travel writers, tour companies, public relations agencies and, of course,
travelers. More than 4,000 travel writers use travelwriters.com on a regular basis to receive market news and use
our marketing tools.
Reading Series is "Ottawa's longest running reading series. We've been
bringing you the finest up and coming poets, writers and literary artists for two decades!
Writers Guild (VWG) has been operating since 1990, encouraging and educating
Eastern Ontario writers in the process of writing and getting published. They meet in Kemptville and cover the
area between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. They are currently meeting upstairs at Jonsonn’s Independent Grocers
in Kemptville, where there is plenty of free parking, and an elevator to access the second floor. Click here for current information, or visit
their web site by clicking on the logo.They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (Send
an e-mail to the president, molliemckibbon[at]ripnet.com for further information.)
| VoicesCanada |
VoicesCanda was established in response
to the growing number of Canadian writers seeking representation, marketing, and editorial services for their literary
work. As such, we've established a full-service business for published authors and up-and-coming Canadian writers.
(We are located in Ottawa, Canada, and foster alliances with domestic and foreign partners, which include publishers,
distributors, film and television producers, animation houses, etc...)
The White Mountain Publications is a small Northern Ontario press specializing in non-fiction and poetry, as well as books for the Bahá'í community world-wide. Website includes all titles, descriptions, guidelines, contest rules, and ordering information; books are arranged by topic and alphabetically by title with links to each individual book.
Block is "a dynamic, quarterly online magazine aimed at Canadians in
the writing trade." Writer’s Block
welcomes submissions from both established and new writers... articles on
any topic related to the specified theme.
The Writers' Union of Canada was founded
in 1973. It is a national organization of professional writers of books for the general public. Ottawa is home
to many of its members, some of whom are on the Writers' Deadline!!.
Ygdrasil - Poetry: For those of you who are poets, or who love poetry ... Ygdrasil is a Journal of the Poetic Arts dedicated to providing the best in Modern International Poetry and Literature. A monthly publication that welcomes submissions from around the world. The Editor and founder is Klaus Gerken.
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If you have information to add or broken links to report, please contact Patrick
by e-mail at: patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca.