Event recap

by Jennifer Carole Lewis

We started the year getting WIPped into shape.

Eve Langlais explained the many different online services and programs available for independent publishing today, such as Vellum, Draft 2 Digital, Findaway and Ingram.

We didn’t get many takers on the first page critique with Jenn Burke, but if you’re interested, ORWA has an active critique circle and is happy to set authors up together.

Jennifer Carole Lewis went over the ways to fine tune your pitch when presenting to agents and editors.  She explained that knowing a one or two line pitch is critical, no matter what your publishing path, because the pitch is what draws in a reader, regardless of whether or not an author is hoping for a sale or a contract.

And Christine Enta worked hard at the brainstorming table.  Good brainstorming is like good improv, the key is to choose a starting point and then explore all the “and thens” until the pieces start falling into place.  Sometimes the act of saying the issue aloud or writing it down can be enough to shake loose a stuck mind.

Workshops like these remind us of why joining an organization like ORWA make the difference, whether an author is established or just beginning.  Writers understand other writers and hanging out with a bunch of people who get what we want to do is energizing.  Even better, when writers are willing to share with other writers, we all get to improve our craft, sales, and stories.

Event description

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.

But What Comes Next? Brainstorming and Plotting: Join ORWA past president, Christine Enta, and work out whatever you need to, whether it’s at the beginning, middle or end.

First page Critique Round-Table: Jenn Burke will host a small critique group, going over the first page of each person’s manuscript. Bring seven copies of the first page of your work in progress.

Mastering your Novel Pitch: Jennifer Carole Lewis has become a pitch pro after much practice at RWA. Join her group to work through crafting your written and verbal book pitch, and then practice them.

Tools of the Self-Publishing Trade: Vellum, Draft to Digital, Kobo, Ingram Spark, and more! There are so many self-publishing tools, and Eve knows so many tricks for them! Join Eve’s table and learn how to use these tools to your advantage, get questions answered, and listen to what others have to say about them.

Event details

Sunday January 6, 2019 (2:30 to 4:30pm)

Location: Nepean Centrepointe Library: 101 Centrepointe Dr, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7 (Room 1A)

Free for members and guests!

Reserve your spot on our Eventbrite page or by emailing [email protected]

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