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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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OWC 2015
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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Story Starters
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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Jacqueline Kirk, Shelagh Rogers, Erin Noel
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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Story Starters
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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Linden MacIntyre
Announcing the 2015 OWC Lunch Speaker!

Meet Linden MacIntyre, our lunch speaker at OWC 2015! Linden MacIntyre is a co-host of the fifth estate and the winner of nine Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism. His bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award, and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2006, and won both the Edna Staebler Award for…

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Attending OWC
Sponging off the Ontario Writers’ Conference

Life as a sponge   The word sponging has a less-than-desirable connotation, as in “sponging off someone with no intention of paying the person back.” But that’s exactly what we expect of you at the Ontario Writers’ Conference.   Your job—besides putting pen to paper in our concurrent working writer’s workshops—is to get to know…

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December Story Starter - Christine Kim
Story Starter December – Christine Kim

Wow! We got some great entries for the November contest! December features a gorgeous piece by Christine Kim! 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…

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Barbara Fradkin
Blood Money — Barbara Fradkin

Check out this workshop! Blood Money – Barbara Fradkin   In this lively, interactive, hands-on workshop, participants will learn the elements of successful mysteries and how to make them work, from creating memorable sleuths, villains and victims to weaving in red herrings and clues. The broad spectrum of tastes and styles in crime fiction will…

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Johanna Raisanen
Labour of Love (romance to erotic) – Johanna Raisanen

Check out this Master Class! Labour of Love (romance to erotic) – Johanna Raisanen   Romance is one of the most popular genres in fiction. It outsells almost every other genre, its readers are some of the most digitally savvy and the bestseller lists often have several romance authors on it every week. If you’re…

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Richard Scarsbrook (Photo by D. McMann)
Creative Writing Kick-Start for YA Authors – Richard Scarsbrook

Check out this Master Class! Creative Writing Kick-Start for YA Authors – Richard Scarsbrook   Eliminate writer’s block! Discover new ideas for young adult stories you didn’t even know you had! Transform your own teen experiences, ideas, and feelings into great stories! Using fun, real-time writing cues and prompts, you can leave this workshop with the beginnings to up…

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November Story Starter
Story Starter November – Joanna Malcolm

Thanks and good luck to all who entered our October Story Starter! November features a beautiful painting by Joanna Malcolm!   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…

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October Story Starter
Story Starter October – Joe Cebek

Our September Story Starter got a terrific response; we read some wonderful submissions! October features the innovative creations of Joe Cebek! 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…

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Story Starters Contest September 2014
Story Starter September – Lorette C. Luzajic

We’re kicking off the 2014-2015 Story Starters Contest with a bang by featuring the stunning work of Lorette C. Luzajic! 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…

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The OWC Experience: A Student’s Perspective

We just love hearing feedback from the OWC community! Here’s one of our 2014 student attendees, Jessica Webster, sharing her impressions of the day: “A world of words in all their magnificence. The Ontario Writers’ Conference is a gathering of the brilliant and imaginative minds behind the ink and was a privilege to experience. While…

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Our Far-Reaching Community of Writers

Ever wonder how far the OWC community stretches? Check out our interactive Pinterest board!     Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!

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2014 Cornerstone Award to Douglas Gibson

Congratulations to Douglas Gibson, our 2014 Cornerstone Award recipient!   Douglas Gibson’s illustrious career began with his first publishing job as a trainee editor with Doubleday Canada in 1968. Through Editorial Director at Macmillan, he scaled the publishing industry’s ladder in the next decade. A few years later, he was lured to McClelland & Stewart…

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OWC Delegates Published in 2013-2014

Congratulations, published writers!   We love to celebrate our delegates accomplishments. If you missed it at our conference, here’s the list of OWC delegates who were published in the past year!   Is your name on the list? Share your publishing landmark in the comments. We love to see what you’re writing!

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2014 Story Starters Contest Winners Announced

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our 2014 Story Starters Contest!   January’s winner was the wonderfully talented Caroline Wissing from Ottawa.   The successful February entry came from the inspired Kristy Leigh Logan, who hails from Holland Landing.   And for March, our entrant from Montreal Joe Balevi took the top prize.  …

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Tweets from #OWC2014

Big thanks to all who attended and facilitated the 2014 Ontario Writers’ Conference In case you missed out on this year’s event, here are some terrific Tweets and pictures from conference go-ers (scroll through to see them all!): Tweets about “#OWC2014” If you’d like to see the Ontario Writers’ Conference in your Twitter feed, don’t…

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