CanWrite! 86th Annual Writers Conference (CanWrite! 2007)

Venue: Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Jul 05, 2007 End Date/Time: Jul 08, 2007
Registration Date: Jun 30, 2007
Early Registration Date: Dec 31, 2006
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The Canadian Authors Association presents our 86th Annual CanWrite! Conference 2007
July 5 – 8, 2007
Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
An event to inspire writers to Write Here! Write Now!

* More than 25 dynamic workshops (see descriptions below)
* Brilliant poets, experienced novelists, savvy scriptwriters & award-winning editors
* A “Writers’ Evening” banquet dinner with readings, music and fun surprises
* The CAA Literary Awards gala – an evening to celebrate winners of some top Canadian writing prizes

Don't Forget to Register Now!
Visit or print off the registration form at the bottom of this message and send it to:

Canadian Authors Association – Ottawa Branch
National Conference 2007 – Registrations
P.O. Box 5013, 1547 Merivale Road,
Ottawa, ON K2C 3H3

Karleen Bradford - Creating Believable Worlds in Fantasy Writing Fantasy – it’s so easy! You can just make up anything you want! Not quite, says Karleen Bradford. She will teach you how to set your imagination free, and then rein it in to create a believable world.

Karleen has taught creative writing in Canada and abroad. She has authored 22 works of fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Charles Gordon - Humour! What's funny about that?
Charles Gordon will share the tools he used to force a chuckle from the reader during his many years of writing in the genre.

Charles Gordon writes a weekly column for the Ottawa Citizen and has six books to his credit. Three of his books were finalists for the Leacock Medal for Humour.

David Wooddell - Research and the Freelance Writer
Based on his extensive experience with National Geographic, David will reveal how to bring your non-fiction piece to that next level of professionalism.

David W. Wooddell is a research editor with National Geographic who has nearly 30 years of experience as an editorial researcher, photo editor and freelance photographer.

Anthony Dalton - Biographies - "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but..."
Build a biography leaving no stone unturned, organizing material into a workable format and turning files of facts into a cohesive story.

Anthony Dalton’s illustrated non-fiction articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in twenty countries and in ten languages. His book, Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones, received the Welsh Book of the Year Award, 2004.

Jacob Burkowitz - Writing about Science for Newspapers and Magazines
The art of science journalism is to turn scientific facts into compelling stories. Learn how the narrative form provides a powerful tool for writing about even the most technically complex scientific journey.

Jacob Berkowitz is an author, playwright and journalist who writes primarily about science.

Leo Brent Robillard - Critical Reading
This workshop will examine the finer points of writing with style by examining the work of well-known authors with a critical eye. Critical reading of fiction helps to understand better how authors affect us.

Leo Brent Robillard is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Leaving Wyoming and Houdini's Shadow.

Rick Boychuk - Contributing to High End Magazines
This no-nonsense workshop covers all aspects of the relationship between freelancers and magazine editorial staff.

Rick Boychuk is the editor of Canadian Geographic, which has twice in the past four years been named Best Magazine of the Year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and has been nominated for 45 national magazine awards.

Nikki Soarde - Erotic Romance
Nikki Soarde explores a new market that is taking the publishing world by storm. She discusses the history of the genre and what defines it. Where do the sexual boundaries lie? If indeed there are any!

Nikki Soarde has published nine titles with the 'romantica' publisher, Ellora's Cave, and three
mainstream novels with Cerridwen Press.

George Plumley - Introductory Media Coaching
Are you ready to meet the press? George Plumley shows you how to deal with the media. Turn your book into a 30-second elevator pitch and learn what the media wants during the interview.

George has worked at several Ontario radio stations and has taught at York University, the Vancouver Film School and Washington and Rutgers Universities.

George Plumley - Mock Interviews
George Plumley leads participants in a detailed analysis of the media interview. Some participants are interviewed on camera while others watch and analyze what they do.

Cora Taylor - Freefall Writing
Discover how to retrieve material buried so deeply that your conscious memory may think you've forgotten it! It banishes writers block forever!

As a child, Cora Taylor wanted to be a writer, a movie star, a bullfighter, prime minister, a pirate and Tinker Bell. Writing seemed the simplest choice. Her first novel, Julie, won several national and international awards and convinced her to continue writing.

J.C. Sulzenko - Writing for Children
Bring your ideas along as you explore the checklist of “dos and don’ts” of writing for children. Learn how to create, engage and learn from your young audience before and after your work has been published.

J.C. Sulzenko’s poetry has been heard on national and local radio and television and appears in chapbooks and anthologies.

Lynn Tarzwell - Scriptwriting for Screen and TV
Explore the essential differences between storytelling for the page verses for film and television. Lynn will introduce you to the first steps in the script-to-screen process, from finding stories and writing mini-treatments to pitching your story.

Lynn Mason Tarzwell has written scripts for animated series, television documentaries, multimedia kits, CD-ROMs and videos, She is a professional voice actor
on television and radio in roles such as Elly Patterson on the For Better or For Worse TV series.

Sylvia Adams - Poetry: Courting the Muse
Learn how to produce publishable poetry with relevant exercises and discussion covering voice, persona, point of view, figures of speech, the relevance of metre and line breaks and other important techniques.

Sylvia Adams is an Ottawa novelist and poet. Her poetry collection, Sleeping on the Moon, was published in 2006 by Hagios Press of Saskatchewan.

Nancy Darryl - Breathing Life into a Lump of Clay
What makes a character jump off the page and into a reader’s heart? Memorable characters transcend time, place and culture. They tap into universal emotions and stay in a readers’ mind long after the last page is turned.

Nancy Darryl’s debut novel, Here Lies Love, won Bestselling Novel 2005 for its publisher and Top Pick Award from Romance Reader at Heart. Her third novel, Undercurrents, was published in December 2006.

Mary Jane Maffini - What Was Your First Clue? Scoping out the Contemporary
What are the building blocks of a mystery novel? In a changing world, this genre is changing too. Mary Jane Maffini tells us how to navigate the mysteries of the mystery novel.

Mary Jane Maffini is the author of the popular Camilla MacPhee series. Her latest book has been nominated for Deadly Pleasures magazine’s Barry Award. Lament for a Lounge Lizard was short listed for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel of 2003.

Deborah Ranchuk - Defining your Goals: Marketing Techniques and Strategies
Setting the goal of being published is not enough. What do you want to publish? Where do you want it to appear? This workshop helps to define your goals and outline the steps toward getting your manuscript a favourable reading.

In 1992, Deborah Ranchuk established White Mountain Publications, publishing or facilitating the publishing of more than 130 books or annual publications.

Barbara Florio Graham - Write it! Sell it! Sell it Again!
Award-winning writer Barbara Florio Graham shows how to re-slant your article for different markets and how to rewrite to sell an original piece rather than a reprint. Learn when to submit simultaneously and how to negotiate contracts to protect your rights.

The author of three books, Barbara Florio Graham has contributed to 29 anthologies and has led workshops for writers’ groups across Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Brian Henry - Creativity Workout
Do you find it difficult to stay motivated? Do you ever find yourself staring at a blank screen? This creativity workout will give you a kick start and help you to keep going.

Brian Henry has been a book editor for the past 24 years. He teaches creative writing at
Ryerson University and George Brown College. He has led writing workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Sudbury.

Brian Henry - Writing Your Life
Have you ever considered writing your memoirs or your family history? This seminar introduces some tricks to kindle memories and also shares the tricks and techniques for telling true stories.

Laura Byrne Paquet - How to Make a Living as a Full-time Writer
Learn how to polish your writing-related skills, market yourself on-line, make the most of writing conferences and develop long-standing client relationships.

Laura Byrne Paquet is a writer, editor, proofreader and instructor who has been published in more than 70 publications, including Chatelaine and National Geographic Traveler.

Katharine Fletcher - Publish Your Book!
We all know writers must “embrace” rejection. That doesn’t mean we have to sit back and take it! Katharine offers tips about book proposals, marketing, promotion and distribution.

Katharine Fletcher is an award-winning author and freelance writer. She is the author of five ecological and historical guides to the National Capital Region and Québec.

Albert Dumont - Aboriginal Narrative
Poet Albert Dumont connects with his ancestors, captures their words and writes as though speaking to them. He explores the differences between mainstream and native narrative.

Albert Dumont is a poet and community activist who has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples.

Tom Lips - Escaping the Page: An Introduction to Storytelling
Make the leap from the silent page to the spoken word. Through stories, exercises and discussion, this workshop explores the richness of storytelling as a tradition, an art form and a core human experience.

Tom Lips is a dynamic storyteller of traditional and original tales. He has shared his gifts for
storytelling and songwriting at the Governor General’s residence, the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Brendan Russell - Perfect Pitch: Developing an Animated TV Series
Create and develop an animated series, from inception to production. Learn how to communicate your vision to broadcasters and production houses.

Millions have seen Brendan’s work worldwide on Nickelodeon, ABC, CBC, TFO, Family Channel, HBO Family, The Disney Channel and Teletoon.

Jo-Ann Tremblay - Authorpreneurship
Using four effective self-coaching and business power tools, Jo-Ann Tremblay helps writers to sell themselves and their work.

Jo-Ann Tremblay is a life/business coach and is the author of The Self-Coaching Toolbox: Six Tool for Personal and Professional Growth.

Ian Ketcheson - Blogging: Creative Expression on the Internet
Bloggers, Youtubers, and Wiki editors are creating, remixing and repurposing content in fascinating ways. Dive into the mashup culture with Ian Ketcheson who has been studying online trends since before there were pictures.

Ian Ketcheson has spoken and provided advice on the impact of social media to more than a dozen federal government departments, agencies, and interdepartmental forums.


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Additional Information

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: A. Fees Fees include all workshops and activities, including lunch on Friday and Saturday, a welcome reception Thursday and banquet dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Cost for CAA members: $325.00 Cost for non-members: $375.00 B. Hotel Reservatopms Canadian Authors Association - Ottawa Branch has arranged a block of rooms at a special rate. These rooms are filling quickly. Make your reservations directly with: Delta Ottawa Hotel and Suites, 361 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7S9 1-800-268-1133 IMPORTANT: To get the special CAA rate, you must provide the Reservation ID Code: Canadian Authors Association GGCAA1 C. Registration Forms Visit to download a registration form and send to: Canadian Authors Association – Ottawa Branch National Conference 2007 – Registrations P.O. Box 5013, 1547 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON K2C 3H3 For more information: Donald Anderson, Chair 2007 National Conference e-mail: