Category: OWC 2015

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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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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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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