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Story Starter February 2017 – Barbara E. Hunt

Our February Story Starter features a poignant work by Barbara E. Hunt. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry…

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Story Starter January 2017 – Rich Helms

Our January Story Starter features an intriguing work by Rich Helms. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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Story Starter December 2016 – Cheryl Andrews

Our December Story Starter features an inspiring work by Cheryl Andrews. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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Story Starter November 2016 – Gretel Boose

Our November Story Starter features a beautiful work by Gretel Boose. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry…

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Story Starter October 2016 – Pamela Meacher

Our October Story Starter features a beautiful work by Pamela Meacher. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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2016 Story Starters Contest Winners

Congratulations! Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (275 submitted in total), we have 6 winners to announce for our 2016 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our attendees over the two Conference days. Many thanks to the Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a long-list of 64…

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Cornerstone Award Winner for 2016 – Descant

The ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE Cornerstone Award for 2016 has been awarded to long-lived Canadian Literary Journal Descant Magazine, which operated from 1970 until March of 2015. Longtime Editor-in-Chief Karen Mulhallen accepted this honour on the organization’s behalf. The list of contributors to Descant includes numerous now-famous Canadian authors including Margaret Atwood, bill bissett, Anne Carson,…

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2016 Story Starters Finalists

The list is in, and we are proud to announce the 2016 Story Starters finalists! Our Story Starters judge — Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar  — had an even tougher job than in previous years. This year, there were 64 long-listed pieces (submitted between September 1 and February 29) – about 268  entries in all! From those…

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2016 Story Starters Semi-Finalists

  Congratulations to our 2016 Story Starters Semi-Finalists! For the fifth time, The Ontario Writers’ Conference has partnered with visual artists of all sorts in the form of our Story Starters Contest – run September, October, November and December of 2015 and January and February 2016 (pictured above). On the first of each month, our website…

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Story Starter February – Anja Kooistra

We had a tremendous response to our January Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our February Story Starter features a beautiful work by Anja Kooistra. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku,…

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Story Starter January – Annabelle Murray

We had some great entries with our December Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our January Story Starter features a beautiful work by Annabelle Murray. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku,…

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Story Starter December – Sally Thurlow

We had a phenomenal number of entries with our November Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our December Story Starter features a beautiful work by Sally Thurlow. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose,…

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Story Starter November – Iwona Dufaj

We had a tremendous response to our October Story Starter! Thanks and good luck to all who entered. Our November Story Starter features a beautiful painting by Iwona Dufaj. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.)…

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Story Starter October – Erika Takács

Our September Story Starter got a terrific response and we read some wonderful submissions! October features the innovative creation of Erika Takács! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit…

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Story Starter September – Carin Makuz

We’re Kicking off the 2016 Story Starters Contest! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules and format…

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StoryStylus Workshop

The Ontario Writers’ Conference is delighted to announce a one-day workshop this October in partnership with One More Story Games! Presented by Ontario Writers’ Conference: Join One More Story Games for a full day intensive workshop on basic and advanced features of StoryStylus, an storytelling engine for the creation and publishing of narrative-focused gaming content….

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Impressions from OWC 2015 — Lisa Molinaro

It is the day after the two-day 2015 Ontario Writers’ Conference and I’m . . . exhausted. The high of the last two days (and last few months in preparation) has now passed, and while I feel uplifted and filled up with excitement at all the writing-related possibilities my future might hold, the reality has…

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2015 Story Starter Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our winners!   Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (175 in total submitted), we have 4 winners to announce for our 2015 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our attendees over the past 2 days. Many thanks to Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a…

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2015 Cornerstone Award Recipients Announced!

The ONTARIO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE Cornerstone Award for 2015 has been awarded to Shelagh Rogers and her longtime producer and friend, Jacqueline Kirk!   Shelagh also wishes to give props to the third musketeer in her crew – Erin Noel who is their “curator of sound.” Shelagh has long been driven by great artists and great people. She…yes, she has a…

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Announcing the Finalists of the 2015 Story Starters Contest!

The list is in, and we are proud to announce the 2015 finalists!   Our Story Starters judge — Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar (applause!) — had a tough job! From the 27 long-listed pieces, James selected the following writers who should be commended for their talent, bravery and stamina.   The 2015 Story Starters Contest finalists…

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