The Capital City’s home for romance writers

We promote excellence in the field of romance writing and work to advance the professional interests of romance writers. We provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry. We offer networking opportunities, advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other activities.

The Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) was the first international affiliated chapter of Romance Writers of America, created in 1985 with Jo Beverley as a founding member. In 2015 we celebrated 30 years of advancing romance writing in Ottawa.

Check out our events

Workshops, special guests, critique groups, socials and more

Some of our events are members-only, but we always welcome guests to drop-in to our workshops!


Blogs & News

Workshop recaps, writing tips and more!

2019 June Social

Attend the ORWA social on June 9th, 2019. It will be our last official event until we reconvene in the Fall. The location will be sent out via

Become a member

Join our strong network of romance writers

Gain access to workshops, critique groups, meetings, internet chat group, LoveKnot newsletter, library of resources. and writers who have all different ranges of experience in writing and publishing.

If you’ve just starting to think about writing or have published many award-winning romances, ORWA is the place for you. Being part of an established professional network is one of the best things you can do for your career, whether you want to give back, develop your skills, or just enjoy being around other romance writers. You’ll find benefits in the monthly educational workshops, critique groups, LoveKnot newsletter, library of resources, socials and more.