The Capital City’s home for romance writers

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.

Our mission is to promote excellence in the field of romance writing and to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other appropriate activities, and to provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.

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!

Become a member

Join our group of professional 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. Celebrate our genre and its many sub-genres, and in the powerful people who work together to create stories that readers will love.