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). 

January 2019: WIP into Shape FREE Workshop

New year, new WIP? Join us for our January brainstorming event and get your work-in-progress moving! Four of our experts will host small-group activities to help you in whatever step of the writing and publishing process you’re in. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Feb 2019: Successful Author Mindset with Heather Elliott

Successful authors are those are able to overcome decision fatigue, imposter syndrome, and burnout. They push past the pressures and fears and create their art. With so much advice out there telling us what to do, how do we know what to focus on? In this workshop, Heather Elliot, Mindset Expert, will explain how to get in touch with the internal voice that helps successful authors make the decisions that are best for them and their creative endeavors. Get your tickets on Eventbrite

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.