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  • A keyboard with letters spelling Pen & Paper Writers' Workshop

    Tuesdays, Jul 16, 2024 - Dec 17, 2024
    120 minutes

    23 sessions remaining

    Get feedback on your writing (any genre) and ideas from the group. Hear the work of other writers and offer your feedback. Discuss issues about writing and publishing. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations with a supportive, informal group.  "Pen and Paper" is just a name.  Bring any medium you want. 

  • Thursdays, Jul 18, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    Come engage in creative writing or academic writing!

    Each session starts with a 20-minute writing period, followed by a peer feedback session.

    You will need to bring the writing instruments of your choice (computer or pen and paper) so that we can write together.

    Registration is required for this program series

  • Thursdays, Jul 18, 2024 - Dec 19, 2024
    90 minutes

    23 sessions remaining

    Sorry this event and its waiting list are full

    Do you love to write? Is writing the air you breathe, or is there ink in your veins?

    The Stittsville Creative Writing Group is a collection of people who love to write.

    We meet weekly to read from text we have written on our own time during the previous week, and engage in other writing activities.

    This is not a class on writing, or a workshop for manuscripts. Instead, we are people who love to write and share our works. 

    There are those who mostly listen rather than write, those who write prolifically but only share with the group, and a broad spectrum in between.

    If your interest is in the love of writing, this group may be for you.

  • Mondays, Jul 22, 2024 - Aug 26, 2024
    120 minutes

    3 sessions remaining

    On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, this event provides an opportunity for local authors and others who enjoy good writing to discuss writing of all types (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic scripts, graphic novels, etc.) Members will have the opportunity to share their writing and exchange useful feedback. Possible discussion may also include ideas related to publishing written work.

  • Wednesdays, Jul 24, 2024 - Sep 18, 2024
    60 minutes

    5 sessions remaining

    Get feedback on your writing (any genre) and ideas from the group. Hear the work of other writers and offer your feedback. Discuss issues about writing and publishing. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations with a supportive, informal group. 

  • Alien reading a map beside their spaceship.

    Thursday Aug 01, 2024 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Take a step into the unknown...what will you discover? Registration required. Ages 10-12.

    We will be writing a sci-fi story as a group, and then creating a space-themed bookmark to bring home!

    Register to reserve a spot. Drop-ins will be welcome on the day as space allows.

    This program will also be offered in French at the North Gloucester branch on August 20.

    Ce programme sera aussi offert en français à la succursale North Gloucester le 20 août.

  • nanowrimo logo

    Saturdays, Aug 03, 2024 - Sep 01, 2024
    210 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    The Ottawa Municipal Liaisons of NaNoWriMo would like to invite you to join them for a monthly recurring write-in to help you keep up your writing habits during the months that are not November.

    Bring your pen, paper, laptop, ideas, write besides other writers and participate in challenges! 

  • Thursday Aug 08, 2024 at 2:00pm
    90 minutes

    The world is on fire and nothing is okay. What does this feel like? There are a lot of standard names for what we feel when we think about global warming, wide-spread extinction of ordinary and extraordinary creatures, and, well, [gestures generally]: Anxiety, grief, anger, fear, blankness. Sometimes the way we talk about feelings shapes what they are, and so it matters what words we have. We might not have all the words we need to understand the experience of climate crisis. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss some theories about emotions and expression, why writing is a good way to explore feelings we don’t have a name for, and how to practice finding our “outlaw emotions” about big problems.

    Alexis Shotwell is a Professor in Sociology at Carleton University. Her work focuses on complexity, complicity, and collective transformation. A professor at Carleton University, on unceded Algonquin land, she is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (, and the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. She is a nerd who loves science fiction, makes functional pottery in her spare time, bikes all winter, and owns a banjo.


    For ages 13-18. Registration required. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

  • Monday Aug 12, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    Come and share your writing and participate in guided writing activities with other writers in the neighborhood. Writers of all genres and skill levels are welcome. 

  • Mondays, Sep 09, 2024 - Dec 02, 2024
    120 minutes

    4 sessions remaining

    Join author Michael F. Stewart for an evening of shared writing, support, and constructive criticism from peers. No experience necessary, all forms of writing welcome.