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Author Robert J. Sawyer and literary agent Hilary McMahon on How to Get Published

In this video from last year’s Ontario Writers’ Conference, best-selling author Robert J. Sawyer gives advice to first-time authors about how to get published. Here, literary agent Hilary McMahon talks about the importance of writers “having a story to tell” and “a powerful way of telling it.” For more Ontario Writers’ Conference videos, visit our…

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Will Write for GREAT food: part two…

In last week’s blog post, we introduced you to Deer Creek’s oh so talented Red Seal executive chef, Sean Ashley. Always serving at the pleasure of his guests, Chef has sent me several other Deer Creek classic recipes to share with you, Gentle Reader. Each Tuesday from now until the conference on Saturday, May 04,…

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Couldn’t Make Our Twitter Chat with Andrew Pyper? Here’s What You Missed!

On Wednesday, March 13th, the Ontario Writers’ Conference had the pleasure of hosting bestselling author Andrew Pyper for a one-hour chat on Twitter (#OWCchat). He shared from the heart, from his experience and from his funny side. Thanks so much for participating, Andrew. We wish you the very best success with your latest novel The…

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**New Workshop Added** Working Between the Lines: The Y/A Editor & Author Relationship

Whether you’re a Young Adult writer pitching a manuscript, an author writing for the Y/A market, or a fiction writer seeking publication, you’ll be interested in this last minute workshop change. I know I am! Once you have an agent who’s submitted your work to the publishing houses or if you’ve been lucky to get…

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Will Write for GREAT Food…

We writers hunger for the perfect word choice. A well-crafted scene. Participles that don’t dangle. All that hard graft needs nurturing and nourishing. They’re the main reasons we chose Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility to host our annual Ontario Writers’ Conference. Always serving at the pleasure of our attendees, the OWC committee has gone…

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Story Starters Contest – March (MARCH SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)

March Story Starters Inspiration Piece (MARCH SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)   In its 5th year, the Ontario Writer’s Conference continues to celebrate all art forms. This year we are very excited to include visual arts into the conference with our very first Story Starters contest. On January 1st, February 1st and March 1st, our website will feature an…

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Paying It Forward

Writing communities are the most supportive and generous places I’ve found to get out of the dog-eat-dog rat race that is the rest of the world. Whether it’s the large writing circles, writing-related events or those small clusters of aspiring writers who gather to hone their craft and their quivering manuscript pages – writers are…

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OWC, bursting with great news and much joy!

One of my all-time favourite wordsmiths is Nora Landry. We met several years ago at a creative writing course at Durham College. As she contributed her words to class each week, I found her writer’s voice so unique and refreshing that, suffice it to say, she had me from the get-go. She made me want…

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6 Do’s and Don’ts of Twitter Chats

1. Be nice. This is not the place to rant or take your ire out on others. And no foul language. If you disagree with what someone else has tweeted, go right ahead and say so. But keep it professional. 2. Be social, but stick to the topic. There are many other venues where you…

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Ontario Writers’ Conference Presents: Chat with an Agent

  Ever wished your could ask writerly questions of an experienced literary agent? Now you can! The Ontario Writers’ Conference is delighted to welcome agent Stacey Donaghy of Corvisiero Literary Agency for a Twitter chat. DATE: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 TIME: 8-9pm PLACE: Twitter (via the comfort of your own chair) WHO: Agent Stacey Donaghy,…

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From the Page to the Screen

Ever wonder what it would be like to watch the characters you have conceived come to life in film? Well, I have. After spending almost two years crafting a screenplay myself, I’m looking forward to hearing what author Sue Kenney has to share about the process. Almost a decade ago, Sue walked the just-under 800…

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A Helluva Way Into Your Character’s Head

A few years ago, WCDR member Lucy Brennan and I had the pleasure of attending a much-talked-about workshop that playwright/actor Linda Griffiths conducted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. It was a head-turner for any writer…of any genre. Griffiths introduced us to a concept she helped create (with mentor Paul Thompson) called collective creation. This…

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Story Starters Contest – February (FEBRUARY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)

February Story Starters Inspiration Piece (FEBRUARY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)   In its 5th year, the Ontario Writer’s Conference continues to celebrate all art forms. This year we are very excited to include visual arts into the conference with our very first Story Starters contest. On January 1st, February 1st and March 1st, our website will feature…

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Student Scholarship for OWC 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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Story Starters Contest in the News!

Did you spy the OWC in last week’s This Week? Entering your piece? Eager to browse inspired submissions? Visit our January contest page for rules, art, and a good read!

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The OWC is proud to announce our Closing Speaker!

The Ontario Writers’ Conference is delighted to announce that the very talented Deborah Kimmett will be 2013’s closing speaker! Deborah Kimmett is packing 30 years of writing in her Spanks. Kimmett performs regularly on CBC Radio, on The Debaters, LOL and DNTO. And as well as Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has written for TV, radio…

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QUERY LETTERS: A Conversation with Literary Agent Drea Cohane of the Rights Factory

Barbara Hunt: I recently heard you say that you spend vast amounts of time sifting through the query letters you receive and it’s a disappointment to realize that most writers are leery of drafting said query – and it shows! That said, how important is the query letter in the process of securing an agent or…

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Story Starters Contest (JANUARY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)

Story Starters Contest  (JANUARY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED) In its 5th year, the Ontario Writer’s Conference continues to celebrate all art forms. This year we are very excited to include visual arts into the conference with our very first Story Starters contest. On January 1st, February 1st and March 1st, our website will feature an extraordinary work by…

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The 2013 Ontario Writers’ Conference: working vacation? Why not!

As the OWC’s gatekeeper of venue and accommodations, I pride myself in vetting pricing that keeps our conference costs low, the savings passed on to delegates in their conference package pricing. Such was the case this past week when we pitted five area hotel/motel chains against one another to get our out-of-town conference attendees the most bang…

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5 Reasons to Support the Ontario Writers' Conference
5 Reasons to Support the Ontario Writers’ Conference

One You’ll achieve that warm, fuzzy, feel-good sensation you get when you support a volunteer-based, not-for-profit venture. Two You’ll get to enjoy the sound of praise (about yourself or your organization) in a three-minute tribute at an all-participant gathering during the conference (at the Platinum Sponsorship level) or be dazzled by the sight of your…

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