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ORWA Monthly Events

Our members-only meetings are a discussion of ORWA business, upcoming events, and the goings-on in the romance writing world (1:00-2:15pm). 

Our workshops are not always specific to romance. They cover the business of writing, craft, writer’s life, and research. Usually free for members and $20 for guests from 2:30-4:30pm (depending on workshop, see listings for details). Seating is limited, reserve your spot at Eventbrite.

Events usually take place on the first Sunday of each month at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A opposite the library (subject to change, see specific events to confirm dates and locations). 



March 2019: Full day writing workshop: Show, don’t tell and scene/sequel

ORWA is thrilled to host an all-day writing workshop from NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Shirley Jump! In the morning workshop Shirley will present “Show Me You Can Write, Don’t Tell Me” and in the afternoon she will present “The Basics of Scene and Sequel.” Special early-bird and RWA pricing available! Get your ticket on Eventbrite.


April 2019: Finding Your Unique Author Voice with Stefanie London

In this workshop, USA Today Bestselling Author Stefanie London will help authors assess their skills and where they fit in the marketplace. She’ll also provide guidance on how to make your stories more creative and unique by focusing on the three main areas of a manuscript: Concept, voice (writing style and tone) and execution (themes and tropes). Get your tickets on Eventbrite.


May 2019: Maximize Your Global Book Sales with Kobo Writing Life

Tara Cremin, from Kobo Writing Life (KWL) in Toronto, will be visiting Ottawa to deliver this presentation. This is the perfect learning opportunity for authors who are self-publishing and looking for strategies to reach more readers. Learn how KWL makes it simple for indie authors to publish and promote their books in over 190 countries. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.


September 2019: Selling more books with ads on Facebook and Amazon

Do you know how to use Facebook and Amazon ads to sell more books? Have you tried using them but not seen any sales? The most successful indie authors are using these ads to sell new and backlist books. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.


October 2019: Meet Carina Press with Angela James

Listen as Angela provides insight into live reviewing this mock “slush” pile. You’ll hear why agents and editors stop reading, what they’re looking for in a submission, and some of the common mistakes they see as they go through their slush pile. Come to listen or come to get critiqued, but join Angela to discuss and review the slush pile you provide.
Get your tickets on Eventbrite.


November 2019: Writing the Happy into your Happily Ever After

How can an author ensure they’re writing a realistic and healthy relationship? Dr. Brenda Saxe will share her experience as a couple’s counsellor to talk about healthy vs unhealthy relationships and answer questions about how to make sure that our characters are set up for a truly happy HEA. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.


December 2019: Writing with others: Co-writing and collaboration

Our authors will share their experience with co-writing and other collaboration, including both successes and fails. Learn about co-writing advantages and disadvantages, strategies for success, making your voice consistent, what mistakes to avoid, how to know if you should work with another author, how to create a successful partnership, financial and legal aspects to consider, what happens if it goes wrong, and more! Get your tickets on Eventbrite.