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

ORWA is thrilled to bring to Ottawa NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Shirley Jump for an all-day writing workshop! 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.” 


How many times have you heard this…and not quite known how to do it? Or gotten this comment back in a critique? This most basic of writing concepts can also be one of the most difficult to master in the beginning. Join New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump as she leads an interactive workshop that gives you easy, manageable tips that will have you bringing your fiction to life right away.


Scenes are the building blocks of your book, and sequels are the glue that bring those scenes together. The trouble is knowing how to create an effective sequel that keeps the pacing and tension running, but also gives the characters and readers a little room to breathe. Learn the best balance of Scene and Sequel and how to use them to easily ramp up the tension and conflict in your novel in this interactive class with New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump.

Special book signing before the workshop!

Saturday, March 2: Shirley Jump will be signing books at Chapters Kanata (400 Earl Grey Dr), from 3 to 5 pm!

About Shirley Jump

When she’s not writing books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump competes in triathlons, mostly because all that training lets her justify mid-day naps and a second slice of chocolate cake. She’s published more than 60 books in 24 languages, although she’s too geographically challenged to find any of those countries on a map. Visit her website at for author news and a booklist, and follow her on Facebook at for giveaways and deep discussions about important things like chocolate and shoes.

Event details

Sunday March 3, 2019 (9am to 4:30pm)

New temporary location:

  • Algonquin College (1385 Woodroffe Ave)
  • Room T119
  • Building T is down College Ave off Woodroffe, across from the Ryan Farm Park.
  • Parking is a flat $5 fee on the weekend, for lots 8, 9, 10 and 12
  • Algonquin is a smoke-free campus

ORWA member tickets: Free (must have up-to-date paid ORWA and RWA memberships)

RWA member tickets: $40 (must have up-to-date paid RWA membership)
Non-member early bird tickets: $50 (before Jan 1)
Non-member regular tickets: $65 tickets

Reserve your spot on our Eventbrite page or by emailing

You can also join our Facebook Event Page to get Facebook reminders.

In consideration for those who have allergies and asthma, please refrain from wearing scented products at our workshops and meetings.