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2014 Story Starters Contest Longlist Announced

Congratulations to our Story Starters Finalists! From just under 200 entries over the months of January through March inspired by the Story Starters artworks of the talented Ingrid Ruthig, Allyson Latta and Gretel Boose, the longlist of finalists for our 2014 competition is as follows: Marie Arthur-Beswick Joe Balevi Linda Bleser Mona Blaker Jean Burbidge…

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It’s Back! OWC’s Festival of Authors Less Than a Month Away!

A room full of book lovers; there’s no better company! Join us on May 2nd as we kick off our 2014 conference in style at our annual Festival of Authors!   The Festival of Authors is open to the public, whether you’re joining us on Saturday or not. Why not join us for a drink,…

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Registered Yet? OWC Veteran Theresa Dekker Explains Why You Shouldn’t Miss the 2014 Conference

Why OWC Delegates Return Year After Year “Each year I attend the Ontario Writers’ Conference and each year there is something different that reaffirms the choice I made to become part of this wonderful world of writers. The evening before the conference I always enjoy the interesting interviews and selected readings from a panel of…

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Story Starter Creativity Needn’t Stop at 100 Words

A little inspiration can take you places… Audrey Ksepka took inspiration from the Story Starters writing contest and ran with it – all the way to first place in Brownsville, Texas! Open to any genre, with a 1500-word maximum, Audrey penned her winning entry for the first annual writing contest at Winter Haven, from her…

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Guest Post: Anthony De Sa – On Connecting

Please welcome Anthony De Sa to the OWC blogosphere as he provides some inspiring thoughts on how to connect with your work-in-progress at any stage. With my latest novel, Kicking the Sky, the idea of connecting meant different things at various points in the writing process. Let me explain. I’ve had the idea of this…

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Story Starter March – Gretel Boose

**MARCH CONTEST CLOSED**   This month, we’re featuring the creative talents of artist 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….

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Announcing James Dewar as the 2014 Story Starters Contest Judge!

The OWC organizing committee is delighted to announce that the multi-talented James Dewar will be the judge of our 2014 Story Starters Contest!   James will narrow the wonderful writing submissions down to 3 entries per artwork. These entries will be displayed (along with the gorgeous art) at the Festival of Authors and conference. Delegates…

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Announcing Terry Fallis as the OWC 2014 Closing Speaker!

The organizing committee of the Ontario Writers’ Conference is delighted to announce that the talented Terry Fallis will be our 2014 closing speaker! Terry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, winner of the 2008 Leacock Medal for Humour, and was crowned the 2011 CBC Canada Reads “essential Canadian novel of the decade.”…

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Story Starter February – Allyson Latta

**February Contest Closed** After a terrific January response, we’re delighted to announce our February Story Starter, courtesy of returning OWC facilitator Allyson Latta! 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….

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Think you’re too young for OWC? Think again!

Thoughts from a 19-year-old attendee: “Walking into the Ontario Writer’s Conference was intimidating at first. At nineteen, I was one of the youngest writers that had attended. Regardless, the feeling quickly faded. I was welcomed and treated with respect, and encouraged by the writer’s community around me. The Blue Pencil Session was my favourite part…

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Story Starter January – Confluence by Ingrid Ruthig

**JANUARY CONTEST CLOSED** Great news, writers: the OWC Story Starters Contest is back! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form or writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the…

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She’s baa-aacck…

Those who have met Dorothea Helms are already aware that she’s an award-winning, internationally published writer and pen-ultimately popular writing instructor; author of the highly successful book The Writing Fairy® Guide to Calling Yourself a Writer (now available on Kindle), and that, in her lifetime, she’s delivered some truly kick-*ss keynote speeches to light the…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

In many ways September does seem like a new year, and to the members of the Ontario Writers’ Conference planning committee this feels like beginning to prepare for Christmas morning. Our very own Christmas morning – May 2nd and 3rd, 2014 – when we get to see the look on your faces – the sparkle…

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Think writers are boring? Think again!

For those of you who believe that writers are the stodgy, decrepit members of society who love to hang out in libraries and musty bookstores, drinking tea and smelling of dust all the time – well, hello! Anyone who attended the 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference at Deer Creek Golf Club in Ajax, Ontario can certainly…

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Story Starter finalists announced!

STORY STARTERS finalists have been announced! From our judge: All of the semi-finalists offered me some fabulous language and images to savour, as well as interesting approaches to the same subject. – Ruth E. Walker CONGRATULATIONS to the following finalists in the Story Starters writing contest     January Alex Hamilton-Brown, J.F. Parkinson, Len Williams;      …

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Story Starters shortlist announced!

Shortlisted for the Story Starters writing contest are: Michelle O’Malley Priya Chhabra J.F. Parkinson Mona Blaker Len Williams Alexa Hamilton-Brev Colleen O’Toole Jacqui Watts Tania Coyne Kat Hawthorne Tracy Lundy Lydia Michaels Jean L Burbige Mary Sheridan Claire Sylvan Emma Cullen CONGRATULATIONS! Works by these writers have been submitted to Ruth E. Walker so she…

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Spencer Haze
OWC 2013 Student Scholarship Winner Announced!

Student Scholarship Announced! Spencer Haze, we’ll see you at the conference! On Saturday, May 3rd and 4th, 2013, authors, novelists, journalists, playwrights, storytellers, poets and more will gather to develop their writing, editing and marketing skills at the fifth annual Ontario Writers’ Conference, at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility in Ajax, Ontario. Spencer Haze,…

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#OWCchat with Cathy Marie Buchanan — April 3, 8-9pm EST

Ever wished your could ask writerly questions of a published author? Now you can! The Ontario Writers’ Conference is delighted to welcome best-selling Canadian author Cathy Marie Buchanan for a Twitter chat. DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 TIME: 8-9pm PLACE: Twitter (via the comfort of your own chair) WHO: Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The…

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Will Write for GREAT Food: part 4… soup’s on!

  Deer Creek‘s executive chef, Sean Ashley, has hit the nail on the culinary head with this recipe. This elegant soup is a great “company’s coming” start course but easily created on any weeknight to wow your family, too. Forest Mushroom Soup with Puff Pastry Crust (serves 6) Compliments of Deer Creek Golf & Banquet…

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Will Write for GREAT Food: part 3…

With Easter just around the corner, executive chef, Sean Ashley, is pulling out all the culinary stops to wow patrons at Deer Creek‘s annual off-the-charts Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet. Here’s his menu to whet your appetite… HAND CARVED APRICOT GLAZED HAM • GOURMET SANDWICH SLIDERS • BELGIAN WAFFLE STATION • LUXE BREAKFAST BUFFET WITH ALL…

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