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2014 - 2015



Writers' Critique and Brainstorming

Have you painted your hero into a corner and can't figure out how to him get out? Does the story brewing in your head not look the same on paper? Are you wondering if your story is ready to be published and want impartial opinions from your peers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. Bring the first ten pages of your manuscript, or your synopsis, or your story concept and let's figure it out together. Writers who have been there and done that and others who may have only gotten the tee shirt come together to help each other out.

January 4

Beaverbrook Library, Room A (adjacent to the Mlacak Centre).

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

Our Valentine's Day lunch and awards ceremony will take place at Johnny Farina.

Cost for the lunch is $35.00 per person. Click below to pay.

February 15

Johnny Farina
216 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON (Between Lisgar & Cooper)

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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tammy PlunkettStaying Motivated Through to Publication and Beyond with Tammy Plunkett

Let's face it, writing a book and getting it published can be a long, hard, and bumpy road. How do you stay motivated and keep your writing spirits up? Tammy Plunkett, professional coach and author of Being Human, will share the neuroscience secrets to setting big goals and the practical, everyday tips to achieving them.

Tammy Plunkett uses the knowledge gained from her careers as a registered nurse and an alternative healer, and her studies of psychology and spirituality to inspire others through her talks, her blog on Huffington Post and her book Being Human: Inspiration for Balancing Mind Body and Spirit. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach she empowers her clients in self-care and in finding their life's purpose. All while happily raising her four children with her loving husband.

March 1

Beaverbrook Library, Room A (adjacent to the Mlacak Centre).

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

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

How to Make Opportunities Happen: 6 Strategies to Success with Laurie Cooper and Opal Carew


Opal CarewDon't wait for that great opportunity to present itself. Go find it! Be in charge of your own career and make opportunities happen for you.

Keep ahead of the trends. Look around. Learn from your own experience and the experiences of others. Watch the bestsellers and what they're doing. Build your network. Expand your reach and share best practices. Cross-Promote. Data-mine. Learn everything you can from everywhere and take the initiative to make your own opportunities happen.

The industry is changing so dramatically. For instance, when self-publishing took off, savvy authors who were following industry trends were able to quickly take advantage of these dramatic changes and achieve previously unheard of success and new publishing freedom. Authors want to be aware of these changes. You have to nurture your career and help yourself grow as an author, so drink in everything around you and find what suits your needs.

Your writing career is your business and it is fundamental to your success that you look at it this way. You have your dream job! It is important to not only recognize opportunity when it appears, but also to find ways to empower opportunity to exist and come your way. This workshop will discuss 6 strategies to success.

Don't wait for it - Go after it. Knock on opportunity's door!

This workshop offers the unique perspective of the relationship from the point of view of the author as well as the assistant and will be presented in a panel format with time dedicated to Q&A. Speakers plan to respond to the specific concerns of the attendees and spend a portion of the workshop answering questions.

Laurie Cooper launched her own online business, "Pub-Craft: Virtual Assistance and Creative Consulting for Romance Authors" in October 2013. Since then, she has helped many of her clients to New York Times and USA Today bestseller status. Her company and clients have seen incredible success and continue to grow rapidly with an emphasis on word-of-mouth and author networking. She began working in the industry under the guidance of New York Times Bestselling Author, Opal Carew, and through her tenacity and skill, quickly transitioned from an independent public-relations consultant to a full-time business owner and creative project manager.

Laurie and her team of creative consultants offer a variety of support services to published and pre-published authors. One size does not always fit all and the Pub-Craft team custom-tailors plans to best suit the individual author and his or her budget. Authors seek more time to write, and this is the inspiration underlying her business. Giving You More Time to Write. In the words of Rick Spencer, writer, consultant and speaker specializing in entrepreneurship, "Rugged individualism has its limits. What could you accomplish if you could spend more time doing what you do best?"

Connect with Laurie @CooperLaurie and www.pub-craft.com

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Opal Carew, writes erotic romance for St. Martin's Press, as well as regularly self-publishes a variety of other romance sub-genres. Opal has been involved in several boxed sets in the past year and has hit the USA Today list five times and New York Times list three times through these sets. She constantly watches for opportunities to take her career to new heights, such as jumping into self-publishing early on, writing serial novels through her traditional publisher, and expanding her audience reach through collaborative projects like boxed sets and continuity series.

Opal Carew writes about passion, love, and taking risks. Her heroines follow their hearts and push past the fear that stops them from realizing their dreams... to the excitement and love of happily-ever-after.

To learn more about Opal, visit her at www.OpalCarew.com

April 12

Beaverbrook Library, Room A (adjacent to the Mlacak Centre).

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

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

writing Pillars and Pitfalls of Promotion: Navigating the Often Murky Waters of Marketing

A panel of ORWA's published authors discusses various aspects of promotion. .

May 3

Beaverbrook Library, Room A (adjacent to the Mlacak Centre).

Guests: $10 donation toward costs

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

Kristan Higgins30th Anniversary Awards Luncheon, Celebration, and Kristan Higgins Workshop

Pre-registration required for both public and ORWA members.

Workshop: Talking the Talk: Higgins on Dialogue

What your characters say and don't say is a key element of your book. New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins breaks down the many elements of dialogue and gives examples from memorable books and movies and discusses what works and what doesn't and why.

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. To learn more about Kristan, check out her website: www.kristanhiggins.com

The Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) presents the Kristan Higgans workshop, followed by a book sale and signing with Kristan and ORWA published romance authors.

The workshop is suitable for writers of all genres and levels. Authors who register by May 18 will be put into a draw for the opportunity of submitting a two page (double spaced) dialogue sample which Kristan will critique as part of her workshop. Eight names will be drawn. If yours is one of them, ORWA will contact you with your confirmatory email and offer this option to you.

Tea and coffee will be provided during the workshop, as well as snacks during the book signing.

Registration Deadline: June 8, 2015. ORWA members may attend for free. For all others, tickets are $40. Space is limited.

Non-ORWA members may pay for the workshop via PAY PAL. Please use the button below. If you wish to pay by an alternate method, please contact hotrom at authorannelange dot com.


Cancellations: We regret that we cannot offer refunds.

Questions: Contact: hotrom@authorannelange.com

ORWA members: If you are interested in taking part in the book signing as an author, please contact Susan McEachern mceachernsm@gmail.com.

30th Anniversary Reception and Book signing

Please note: This is a multi-author event. Books will be for sale for cash, with some books available for purchase by credit/debit. Perfect Books will be on site and will have books available for bestselling authors including Kristan Higgins, Sharon Page, and Ashlyn Macnamara.

Lunch & Awards Ceremony: ORWA Members & Past Members Only.

Come celebrate and reconnect with other ORWA members, past and present, at the anniversary luncheon. Kristan Higgins will be our special guest. There will be speeches and awards from the past year. And, of course, fabulous company!

Cost: $30.00

Registration: Please register via PayPal below. Deadline: June 1, 2015

Please note that this event requires separate registration from the Kristan Higgins Workshop.


ORWA Members and former members, please use the above button to register and pay for lunch.

June 13

Kristan's workshop is open to the public, but space is limited. ORWA members must register, but there is no cost to attend. Non-ORWA members may buy tickets for $40, space permitting.

ORWA Members: Free. Please email Treasurer at hotrom@authorannelange.com as soon as possible to register and be entered into the dialogue critique draw. Please note you must register for this event as space is limited.

Location for both the workshop and lunch: The RA Centre, Canada Room,
2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON
K1H 7X7,
Tel: 613 733-5100,
Email: racentre@racentre.com.
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Workshop: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Reception and book signing: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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