About Us

Wayson ChoyThe Ontario Writers’ Conference blossomed from its Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) roots under the watchful care of honorary patron, Wayson Choy.

As a mere dream for a handful of writers in 2006, the Ontario Writers’ Conference, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization, stands as a testament to their boundless effort and enthusiasm. The OWC believes in the importance of providing open access to events and programs to anyone interested in writing, without the need for membership or a “publishing pedigree.”

It was founded on time-tested strengths of high quality speakers and workshops. A mandate to conduct educational, challenging and, most importantly, interactive workshops, panels, roundtables, etc. led by writers, arts-related facilitators and industry professionals is at the core.

Take the energy of writers eager to give back + the inspiration of nationally-acclaimed novelist, Wayson Choy to = the magic of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. And so it grows!

OWC Privacy Policy

Personal information (meaning any information about an identifiable individual. It includes, without limitation, information relating to identity, nationality, age, gender, address, telephone number, e-mail address, Social Insurance Number, date of birth, marital status, education, employment health history, assets, liabilities, payment records, credit records, loan records, income and information relating to financial transactions as well as certain personal opinions or views of an Individual)

will be disclosed to only those Ontario Writers’ Conference (OWC) employees, members of OWC committees, and the Board of Directors that need such information for the purposes of their work. 

Personal information will be retained in conference database (meaning the list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of clients and individuals held by OWC   in the forms of, but not limited to, computer files, paper files, and files on computer hard drives) only for such periods of time as may be prescribed by applicable laws and regulations.

The OWC organization will use physical, organizational, and technological measures to safeguard personal information to only those OWC employees or committee members who need to know this information for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy.

Organizational Safeguards: Access to personal information will be limited to OWC employees, committee members and/or the Board of Directors. 

If an individual has a concern about OWC’s personal information handling practices, a complaint, in writing, may be directed to the OWC ‘s Chief Privacy Officer.

Upon verification of the individual’s identity, OWC’s Chief Privacy Officer will act promptly to investigate the complaint and provide a written report of the investigation’s findings to the individual.

Where OWC’s Chief Privacy Officer makes a determination that the individual’s complaint is well founded, the Chief Privacy Officer will take the necessary steps to correct the offending information handling practice and/or revise OWC’s privacy policies and procedures.

If the individual is dissatisfied with the finding and corresponding action taken by OWC’s Chief Privacy Officer, the individual may bring a complaint to the Federal Privacy Commissioner at the address below:

OWC Privacy officer – Cynthia Englert, cenglert@thewritersconference.com

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada

112 Kent Street, Ottawa,

Ontario K1A 1H3

Tel 1-800-282-1376

Email address: www.privcom.gc.ca

OWC Accessibility Policy

The Ontario Writers’ Conference, as an organization, and its volunteers will accommodate attendees, fellow volunteers and visitors of all abilities, welcome service animals and support persons and create accessible ways for people to share feedback or communication of any kind.

  • OWC supports people with disabilities
  • We welcome and encourage application to our postings from people with disabilities. We are prepared and willing to discuss, support through adjustments and make accommodations for any and all needs.
  • We will make every effort to provide workplace information in an accessible formulate if an employee asks – such as information employees require to perform their duties (ie – role descriptions, manuals) and general information that is shared with all volunteers (ie – newsletters, bulletins, etc)
  • We commit to determine through discussion as to which format such information should be communicated.
  • We will make every effort to make documents available in accessible formats (ie – large print for visually impaired) and provide feedback in accessible ways (ie – plain-spoken language for learning disabled).
  • We are prepared to support and make accommodations needed to successfully learn new skills or take on more responsibilities in new roles.
  • We will disseminate the accessibility policies to all volunteers (especially when there is a change in policy) using newsletters, emails, website, bulletin board, staff meetings and in one-on-one conversations.
  • All postings and new volunteer groups will be apprised of our accessibility policies.
  • We are prepared to provide communication accommodation in various forms:
    • reading the written information aloud to the person directly
    • exchanging hand-written notes (or providing a note taker or communication assistant)
    • augmentative and alternative communication methods and strategies (ie – the use of letter, word or picture boards)
    • repeating, clarifying or restating information
  • We are committed to receiving feedback in different formats (verbal, surveys, comment cards).
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