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The Capital City’s home for romance writers

We promote excellence in the field of romance writing and work to advance the professional interests of romance writers. We provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry. We offer networking opportunities, advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other activities.

The Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) was the first international affiliated chapter of Romance Writers of America, created in 1985 with Jo Beverley as a founding member. In 2015 we celebrated 30 years of advancing romance writing in Ottawa.

Check out our events

Workshops, special guests, critique groups, socials and more

Some of our events are members-only, but we always welcome guests to drop-in to our workshops!


Blogs & News

Workshop recaps, writing tips and more!

Weaving the Twin-Stranded Storyline

Whether you’re tackling a timeslip or time-travel novel, a book within a book, a dual storyline, or simply a series of flashbacks, the technical challenges of interweaving two

Beyond the Furrowed Brow

How to Help your Characters Speak Without Saying a Word 90% of communication is non-verbal, but what does it mean when someone lifts their chin, twirls their hair,

ORWA’s 2017 Social

Recap by Jennifer Carole Lewis Every June, the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association gets together and spends an afternoon laughing, celebrating one another’s achievements and enjoying each other’s company.  This

Upcoming event: June Social 2017

 Attend the ORWA spring social on June 11, 2017. It will be our last event until we reconvene in the Fall. Professional Headshots We will be offering the opportunity

Become a member

Join our strong network of romance writers

Gain access to workshops, critique groups, meetings, internet chat group, LoveKnot newsletter, library of resources. and writers who have all different ranges of experience in writing and publishing.

If you’ve just starting to think about writing or have published many award-winning romances, ORWA is the place for you. Being part of an established professional network is one of the best things you can do for your career, whether you want to give back, develop your skills, or just enjoy being around other romance writers. You’ll find benefits in the monthly educational workshops, critique groups, LoveKnot newsletter, library of resources, socials and more.