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2014 - 2015

 
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Date
Time

Katie PittsBlood, DNA and Science for the Writer with Katie Pitts, PhD

You've watched police procedural and legal dramas on TV, and now you want to spice up your novel with accurate crime investigation details. Or maybe your hero/heroine is a scientist working in a lab. There's a wealth of information and misinformation on the internet, but where do you start? How much detail should you include? How technical is too technical? There's a fine balance between convincing detail and overly dry information. In this workshop you will learn the basics of blood properties and flow in the human body and be introduced to DNA. We'll discuss accurate science portrayal in popular culture, and we'll even do some hands-on activities to explore DNA crime scene analysis.

Katie Pitts has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Her PhD thesis focused on imaging micro blood flows in biomedical microchips. Dr. Pitts has taught at the University of Ottawa and currently works in the biomedical device field in Ottawa. She is an avid STEM advocate and volunteer educator and was featured as an Inspiring Woman in Engineering as a part of the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering #30in30 National Engineering Month campaign for 2014.

September 7

Hall B, Mlacak Community Centre, Beaverbrook Kanata

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Guests: $10 donation toward costs

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

Molly O'KeefeFull Day Craft Workshop with Molly O'Keefe

The Plot and Sub-Plots Connection (10:00 - 12:00)

No matter what your word count, subplots help create a rich, multi-dimensional world for your reader to escape to. In this workshop, using interactive exercises, RITA-winning and Bestselling Author Molly O'Keefe will help you figure out how to build subplots that will in turn create drama and conflict for your romantic plot and enrich the reader's experience.

Writing Sex and Writing it Well (2:00 - 4:00)

Successful sex scenes are about more than just sex and since they are a key ingredient for romance novels -- authors need to figure out how to use them to their best advantage. No matter what heat level you write, this workshop will give writers tips for keeping the sexual tension and sex scenes character-driven, conflicted and satisfying.

October 18

Beaverbook Library, Beaverbrook Kanata

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Guests: $20 for either the morning or afternoon session; $30 for both

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Carolyn BennettWho You Gonna Call: The Life of a Ghost Hunter with Carolyn Bennett

Want to know how a professional ghostbuster works? Join the Ottawa Romance Writers for a hands-on demonstration by a real-life ghost hunter. You'll learn:

  • The signs of a haunting
  • The equipment ghost hunters use to find entities
  • What to do if you suspect your house is haunted

If you're writing about the paranormal world or just want to find out about this fascinating subject, join us for a workshop that might just give you a cold chill...

Carolyn Bennett is mother, paranormal investigator and first time author from Pembroke, Ontario. Carolyn has always been interested in the paranormal and in 2010, was an investigator for a local paranormal team. When she had to give up paranormal investigating in 2011 she filled the void by creating an exciting series of paranormal thrillers. Carolyn returned to paranormal investigating when she moved back to the Ottawa Valley in 2013 and continues to work on her paranormal series. Coast to Coast Paranormal Investigations is available at most online retailers.

http://bookstore.trafford.com/Author/Default.aspx?BookworksSId=SKU-000642150

November 9

Beaverbook Library, Room A, 2500 Campeau Drive, Beaverbrook Kanata

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Guests fee: $10

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

scroogeHoliday Gathering

Members only, please. Details will be provided on the ORWA chat loop.

December 7

Venue to be announced on the chat loop

2:00 PM

writingWorkshop Title with Presenter

Details to come.

January

Venue TBA

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

valentineValentine's Lunch

Details TBA.

February 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

writingWorkshop Title with Presenter

Details to come.

March

Venue TBA

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

writingWorkshop Title with Presenter

Details to come.

April

Venue TBA

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

writingWorkshop Title with Presenter

Details to come.

May

Venue TBA

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

Seating is limited. Guests, please reserve a seat by emailing the Registrar at registrar@ottawaromancewriters.com
2:00 PM

SocialJune Social

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June

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