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Writing and Poetry Workshops


Calling all Ottawa writers!  Ottawa Public Library is offering a series of in-depth support workshops this fall delivered by published writers and poets.  Improve your writing skills, make your memoir into a story, learn what publishers want, learn how to make your own audiobook, expand your appreciation and your skills as a poet, and more!  All workshops are free. 

October is Library Month.  It is also the month for the 2019 joint Ottawa Book Awards and Prix du livre d’Ottawa ceremony, held on October 16 at Ottawa City Hall. The Ottawa Book Awards website lists  2019 English finalists; the Prix du livre d’Ottawa lists the 2019 Francophone finalists.   The finalist titles are available through Ottawa Public Library. 

Not only does the Library host a number of writers clubs, it also supports writers through workshops.  This fall there are workshops in English and in French

For Writers and Authors

Eat. Drink. Write.

Meet Jennifer Cockrall-King, Canadian award-winning food writer based in the Okanagan Valley, for an interactive talk about food writing. 

My Audiobook Journey

Come learn the process of hiring a voice-over actor or recording it yourself. 

How a Story Becomes a Story

From that first spark of an image or idea, to writing the first draft—and the second and third and possibly fourth—and then on to the crucial editing stage, participants will explore all the elements that go into making a story.

I Want to Publish My Writing

Come to learn methods and resources for the stages to get your writing into a professional format that can read readers’ bookshelves.

The Elements of Writing Fiction

For local writers or self-published authors who want to make the leap to getting published and improve their creative writing. 

Telling True Stories

Fictional language and technique is important for bringing your memoir or story to life for readers.  Learn how to use fictional technique to write your own personal memoir or true story.

Atelier de création littéraire (atelier en français)

Cet atelier s’adresse à tous ceux et celles qui écrivent ou qui ont envie d’écrire un récit, qu’il soit tiré de leur vie, de l’histoire de leur famille ou de leur imagination.


For Poets and Lovers of Poetry

Creating Poetry

This workshop will give you the opportunity to refine your skills and share your writing with other people. 

    Poetry Reading Circle

    For those who want to improve their writing by appreciating the work of others, who want to add a poetry selection to their book club’s reading list, or who are just curious about contemporary poetry.

    Spotlight on Poetic Forms

    In this workshop, join local poet Jenny Haysom to explore a variety of traditional poetic forms––from sonnets to villanelles and pantoums!––and discuss how they are used today. What are the rules and conventions, and how can you break or reinvent them?

    The Sonnet As Daybook

    How to enhance your writing practice by poet John Barton.

    La Poésie et son écriture (atelier en français)

    Cet atelier vous donnera l’occasion d’améliorer vos textes poétiques et de partager vos écrits avec les autres participants. 

    At the same time, the Library has  an exciting line-up for the 10th annual Teen Author Fest!

    Whatever your taste, Teen Author Fest lets you connect with the authors you love and other likeminded readers. All programs are free and open to everyone. Join us for author talks and writing workshops!