December 4 Holiday Social and Workshop: Six Secrets to Create a Successful Bestselling Franchise

Our yearly annual social will be a potluck, beginning at noon, followed by a workshop.

Six Secrets to Create a Successful Bestselling Franchise

What do Star Wars, J. D. Robb’s Eve Dallas books, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series have in common? They are all highly successful franchises.  Join NYT bestselling author Sharon Page to learn six crucial secrets to develop and plot a successful, bestselling book series.

Date: December 4, 2016

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A opposite the library.

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Time: 12:00 PM (noon) for the social, the workshop will begin at approximately 2:30

 

November 6 Workshop: Building Your Readership

USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Eve Langlais answers all your questions about how to engage your readership to create a dedicated fan base to drive your books to the bestsellers list!

Eve Langlais is a stay at home mom who writes full time in between juggling her three kids, hubby, and housework, creating hot romance with a  twist.

She is a Canadian author who belongs to ORWA, the local chapter for Ottawa Romance Writers and more recently, SFWA. She is what is known as a hybrid published author, which means she has works with some small e-publishers, some indie published titles and more recently, she signed a contract with St. Martin’s Press for three hot shifter stories.

She is the first person to admit she is totally boring and leads a mundane life. Seriously. Her idea of fun is shopping at her local Walmart. She likes to play video games, cook, and read. Her hubby is a total alpha male which means she often wants to club him over head with a frying pan. But, despite his ornery, ‘I-am-man’ nature, she loves him dearly.

Date: November 6, 2016

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

October 2 Workshop: From Idea to Execution: Plotting Your Next Bestseller

Today’s publishing marketplace is more competitive than ever, demanding consistent—and accelerated—output from authors. Award-winning author Vanessa Kelly shows you how to plot and write your next book, novella, or short story with a minimum of angst and a maximum of efficiency.
Bio: Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Vanessa’s current series, The Renegade Royals, is a national bestseller. She also writes USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband as VK Sykes.

 

Date: October 2

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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September Event: SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL

Have you always wanted to write a romance novel and don’t know where to start? Are you already working on becoming the next Nora Roberts? Or maybe you’ve already got a manuscript ready and now it’s time to learn more about the industry?
This meeting, organized by members of the Ottawa Romance Writers Association, is your chance to come out and meet other writers just like you, plus some of Ottawa’s most successful romance writers. Here, you’ll connect with other romance writers, learn how to get started writing your first manuscript and find out about local resources you can take advantage of.

Date: September 25

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, The Chamber (large auditorium to the left as you walk in the library doors)

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Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This is a free event open to the public, hosted in conjunction with the Ottawa Public Library.

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June Events: Prose in the Park and Social

Join ORWA members June 4 for Prose in the Park. Several of our published authors will be present so be sure to drop by Parkdale Park between 11 AM and 6 PM to say hello.

June is also the month we hold our traditional social before breaking for the summer months. The June social is open to ORWA members only. Details as to date and time will be provided on our chat loop.

Our regular meetings will resume in September with a special free event open to the public in conjunction with the Ottawa Public library. See our workshop page for more information on this event and our slate of fall workshops.

ORWA wishes its members and visitors a safe and happy summer.

 

May Workshop: Facebook: A Self-Help Workshop for Writers

“It’s got ‘book’ in the title, so it must be for me!” 

Facebook: A Self-Help Workshop for Writers

Did you know that five new people join Facebook every second? Worldwide, there are over 1.35 billion monthly active users on Facebook. With staggering numbers like these, there’s no doubt your potential readers are on Facebook.So, how can you reach them?

Join the Pub-Craft Team as they delve into the tips and tricks of making Facebook work for you – and how to have fun while doing it!

This workshop will share insights on optimizing your Author FB Page, reaching more readers with your posts, using Facebook to drive traffic to your website (and your newsletter!), and how to make the most of Facebook parties by sharing sample cover photos, promo posts, and FB party scripts – including a little interactive fun with games and contests!

Find your answers to “What do I do?” “Who am I?” and the other existential crises caused by Facebook.
This workshop will be presented in a panel format, with some interactive games, and time dedicated to Q&A at the end. Speakers plan to respond to the specific concerns of the attendees and spend a portion of the workshop answering questions.

Date: May 1

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1B.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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April Workshop: Edit Like a Pro with Laura Byrne Paquet

Edit Like a Pro with Laura Byrne Paquet
In addition to writing eight Regency romances for Zebra and four non-fiction books, Laura Byrne Paquet worked as a freelance copy editor for Harlequin for several years. A member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, she also writes freelance articles and runs a local travel website called OttawaRoadTrips.com. In this workshop, she’ll teach the techniques that professional editors use to make novels more realistic–and how to catch those pesky mistakes.

Date: April 3

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A, opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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March Workshop: Slay Your Writing Dragons to Make your Personal Goals Happen! with Cynthia Boyko

Cynthia Boyko is a Co-Active Life Coach based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who works with clients across North America. Coaching is something that comes very naturally to Cynthia. Her calm presence easily invites people into a process of clarity, balance and fulfillment. Cynthia is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She completed her core coaching and leadership training with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2012.Prior to her career as a Life Coach, Cynthia was an Executive with the Canadian federal government. She spent much of her thirteen-year career in public service advising and coaching people working on submissions to Cabinet.

When she is not coaching or giving workshops, Cynthia enjoys spending time in nature, yoga, and writing.

Date: March 6

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A, opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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February Workshop: Legal Issues for Writers

Byron Pascoe
Can you quote song lyrics in your book?
What should you do if someone plagarizes you?
Can you name a character after someone you don’t like?
In today’s face-paced digital world, writers face a variety of legal issues, and it’s not always easy to get them right. This workshop can help.
Please join ORWA as we welcome two practicing lawyers, experts in the field of entertainment law, to help writers navigate these deep legal waters.
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Byron Pascoe practices law at Ottawa’s entertainment law boutique, Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca). While now an entertainment lawyer, Byron began his professional career managing a TV and new media production company. They produced comedy programming for CBC, MuchMusic, G4TV, and created some of the earliest online prank comedy programming. During Law School, he co-founded Charter Project (www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca), a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Byron produced public service announcements about the Charter featuring Canadian celebrities. Millions of Canadians watched them on TV and in movie theaters. At the Ottawa-based entertainment law boutique Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca), Byron provides legal services to TV, Film, Music, Publishing, Animation, Game, Digital Media, and Software industry clients. He is also a board member of SAW Video and Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa.
Tanya Woods (Expert Advisor, Founding Member): For a number of years, Tanya observed a need in the Ottawa legal community for accessible, low-cost legal information designed and intended to help educate and empower local artists. Finally, in 2011, along with April Britski, Rachelle Laforge and Yael Wexler, Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa was born. Tanya’s love and respect for the arts has been life-long and she has been an active advocate in the creative sector since 2004.
For the last 10 years, Tanya has worked extensively on copyright, administrative, contract, technology, and international legal matters for public and private entities. Tanya has worked with collective societies, government departments, non-profits, private corporations, universities, and a specialized copyright tribunal. Through her extensive international legal training, Tanya is a certified specialist in both Technology Law and International Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property. Tanya is an alumna of the London School of Economics (LL.B.), University of Ottawa (B.A., LL.B., LL.M.) and American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.). She is also an award winning researcher and writer, and frequently lectures on technology and copyright issues.

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A, opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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January Workshop: Beyond the Furrowed Brow with Jennifer Carole Lewis

 

Tired of reusing the same expressions over and over for anger, love and surprise? There is a wide range of postures and subtle expressions which can convey your character’s emotions and reactions. How they stand, how they hold their hands, even the crinkling of an eyelid can show what they are thinking. Learn the subtle difference between being startled and being surprised, between contempt and disgust and the wide range in which we express and experience happiness. 93% of human communication is non-verbal, so here’s your chance to learn to read (and write) between the lines.

Jennifer Carole Lewis is a full-time mom, a full-time administrator and a full-time writer, which means she is very much interested in speaking to anyone who comes up with any form of functional time-travel devices or practical cloning methods. Meanwhile, she spends her most of her time alternating between organizing and typing.

She is a devoted comic book geek and Marvel movie enthusiast. She spends far too much of her precious free time watching TV, especially police procedural dramas. Her enthusiasm outstrips her talent in karaoke, cross-stitch and jigsaw puzzles. She is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction and always enjoys seeking out new suggestions.

Date: January 10, 2015

Location: Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive, room 1A, opposite the library.

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Time: 2:00 PM

Guests: $20 donation toward costs. Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com

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