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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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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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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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