ORWA previous events
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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).
ORWA was thrilled to host an all-day writing workshop from NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Shirley Jump! In the morning workshop Shirley presented “Show Me You Can Write, Don’t Tell Me” and in the afternoon she presented “The Basics of Scene and Sequel.”
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.
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.
The road to releasing a book into the world is different for everyone. Join us for this panel discussion where four of our most prolific authors share their secrets to releasing a book (or more) a year. Carey Decevito, Lucy Farago, Eve Langlais, and Mandy Rosko will discuss their personal process for drafting and revision, and how they approach crafting a romance novel. Moderated by Jennifer Carole Lewis.
Learn what life is like for an investigator and private security agent, including the secret life in hotels, presenting cases in court, and inter group tasks. Workshop lead by Andrew, a former private investigator and private security agent (bodyguard and chief of security in a hotel and a bank).
What do you do when an editor with a New York house—or your most-trusted beta reader—gives you the bad news? Your heroine is unsympathetic, your characters have no conflict, and the last half of your book has gone completely off the rails? What you do is revise your book. But what if you need to do it fast? Where do you even start? The answer is surprisingly easy. Sharon Page will reveal 5 secrets to make the revision process painless
Tanya offered an unbeatable piece of advice for any aspiring author: “The best way to be a successful writer is to keep writing.” At the end of the day, it is the readers who decide what they want to buy and read and the most important thing for them is that authors continue putting out great books.
RTC, hosted by Eve Langlais, has writing workshops on Thursday, August 2nd 2018, and they are free to attend for RWA members! There is also a free book signing on August 4th (4-6pm). Location: Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa/Kanata (101 Kanata Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K2T 1E6).
ORWA members attended the RWA annual conference, held this year in Denver, Colorado. This event offers a chance for authors to grow their professional network (making new friends, meeting editors and publishers), learn in educational workshops, socialize at parties, and attend the Rita awards ceremony.
Attend the ORWA spring social on June 11, 2017. It will be our last official event until we reconvene in the Fall. We will be awarding members with our annual awards, including the Audrey Jessup Award, Jo Beverley First Book Award, Indie First Book Award, Phoenix Award, and First Impression Award.
Genre fiction is all about entertaining and engaging the reader. This workshop will focus on ways to keep readers up into the night, turning the pages. #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Kelley Armstrong, will provide strategies for maximizing reader engagement starting with the planning stages and continuing through to tips and tricks for picking up the pace in a completed manuscript.
Join Eve Langlais and discover what tools are out there to help you succeed in self-publishing! Workshop presentation PDF.
Local blackbelt Rick Lutes gave a fantastic and comprehensive look at hand-to-hand combat, as well as practical demonstrations of the techniques with his student, Jim Johnston.
ORWA’s own Jessica Ripley gave us a comprehensive tour through the constantly shifting landscape of social media, particularly the big three sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. With hundreds of different sites and apps to choose from, authors have a plethora of options for keeping in touch with readers and finding new ones. Social media allows an author to build upon the platform of her website and newsletter, bringing her books to a new audience.
After a well-enjoyed holiday break, ORWA hosted our January workshop, Back to the Plotting Board, as a way to encourage us all to get back to the keyboard. We broke into small groups and spent time helping one another with plot challenges, title ideas, and general inspiration.
2017 Past Events
In December 2018, ORWA had the privilege and pleasure of learning the ins and outs of making things go bang with a member of the Ottawa Tactical Response Team.
When Susanna Kearsley came to talk to the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association about how to weave multiple story lines together, she launched right into the good stuff. Using a twin-stranded story approach allows an author to skip over the boring parts, provide exposition in an interesting way, and build tension within a story.
Our own Jennifer Carole Lewis presented “Beyond the Furrowed Brow, How to Let Your Characters Speak Without Saying a Word,” her class on nonverbal communication. She’s presented it for our chapter in the past, for other RWA chapters, and for the annual RWA conference in California last year.
Our September workshop was an all-day (retreat-style) workshop. This meant we had one workshop from 10am-12:30pm, broke to all go to lunch together, and had a second workshop from 2:30-4pm. The presenter, Alicia Rasley, is a bestselling and award-winning author of romance and women’s fiction. She has taught hundreds of writing courses online, also teaches writing at two state colleges, and advises students in a university writing center.
Every June, the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association gets together and spends an afternoon laughing, celebrating one another’s achievements and enjoying each other’s company. This year was no exception.
ORWA officers gave us the great opportunity of participating in a webinar with Mary Buckham on writing active setting in May 2017. It was a two-part webinar, with an initial presentation followed by a Q&A session a week later. This gave us plenty of time to review the information she gave us, re-watch the presentation, try our hand at re-writing our own setting descriptions, and come up with any questions we’d like her to address.
Our April 2017 workshop this week was “You’ve written a book… now what?” and was led by two bestselling and prolific ORWA authors, Eve Langlais and Mandy Rosko. They discussed the pros and cons of traditional and indie (self) publishing, and what to do if you want to submit to a small, medium or large publisher, or what to do if you plan to indie publish.
Serialized fiction goes back to the time of Charles Dickens and is currently undergoing a revival in today’s digital world. Savvy authors around the globe are exploring this “new” way of publishing and reaping significant dividends. Join author Linda Poitevin for a look at Wattpad and Radish, two of the models currently available for serializing fiction, and learn how you can grow your own readership (and make money!) by joining the movement.
Those of us who braved Ottawa’s February weather for ORWA’s meeting got a real treat. Sgt. Garneau of the Ottawa Police show us how he can use even the tiniest traces of blood to build up a timeline of events and prove whether or not a suspect was at the scene.
All writers have had the horrible experience of staring at a blank page and wondering: what comes next? For our January 2017 workshop, ORWA authors got together to help answer that question for one another. Sitting close at a table, we brainstormed ideas for a suspense-filled escape through isolated woods and for a reunion romance on a tropical island. We talked about titles, promotion strategies, and our own tricks for overcoming writer’s block.
2016 Past Events
What do Star Wars, J. D. Robb’s Eve Dallas books, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series have in common? They are all highly successful franchises. Join NYT bestselling author Sharon Page to learn six crucial secrets to develop and plot a successful, bestselling book series.
Today’s publishing marketplace is more competitive than ever, demanding consistent—and accelerated—output from authors. Award-winning author Vanessa Kelly shows you how to plot and write your next book, novella, or short story with a minimum of angst and a maximum of efficiency.
This meeting, organized by members of the Ottawa Romance Writers Association, is your chance to come out and meet other writers just like you, plus some of Ottawa’s most successful romance writers. Here, you’ll connect with other romance writers, learn how to get started writing your first manuscript and find out about local resources you can take advantage of.
Join ORWA members June 4 for Prose in the Park. Several of our published authors will be present so be sure to drop by Parkdale Park between 11 AM and 6 PM to say hello. June is also the month we hold our traditional social before breaking for the summer months. The June social is open to ORWA members only.
Join the Pub-Craft Team as they delve into the tips and tricks of making Facebook work for you – and how to have fun while doing it! This workshop will share insights on optimizing your Author FB Page, reaching more readers with your posts, using Facebook to drive traffic to your website (and your newsletter!), and how to make the most of Facebook parties by sharing sample cover photos, promo posts, and FB party scripts – including a little interactive fun with games and contests!
In addition to writing eight Regency romances for Zebra and four non-fiction books, Laura Byrne Paquet worked as a freelance copy editor for Harlequin for several years. A member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, she also writes freelance articles and runs a local travel website called OttawaRoadTrips.com. In this workshop, she’ll teach the techniques that professional editors use to make novels more realistic–and how to catch those pesky mistakes.
Cynthia Boyko is a Co-Active Life Coach based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who works with clients across North America. Coaching is something that comes very naturally to Cynthia. Her calm presence easily invites people into a process of clarity, balance and fulfillment.
Can you quote song lyrics in your book? What should you do if someone plagarizes you? Can you name a character after someone you don’t like? In today’s face-paced digital world, writers face a variety of legal issues, and it’s not always easy to get them right. This workshop can help.
Tired of reusing the same expressions over and over for anger, love and surprise? There is a wide range of postures and subtle expressions which can convey your character’s emotions and reactions. Learn the subtle difference between being startled and being surprised, between contempt and disgust and the wide range in which we express and experience happiness. Presented by Jennifer Carole Lewis.