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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • HOLDS PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

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.  Local author and editor Ian Thomas Shaw will examine the elements of writing fiction that will be of interest to publishers. 

  • The difference between literary fiction and genre fiction 
  • Read before you write - studying the style of winning writers
  • Figure out the basic setting and plot
  • Decide what point of view (POV) you want for your story 
  • Create a plot outline - Plot diagram or snowflake method
  • Create flawed characters and unique story ideas
  • Find and use beta readers to refine your novel
  • Use technology to clean up your manuscript

Local author Ian Thomas Shaw is a novelist and editor. He is also the founder of the Ottawa Review of Books and Deux Voiliers Publishing. His latest novel, Quill of the Dove, has been optioned for a TV limited series.



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