Friday, 30 September 2011

Ottawa Independent Writers General Meeting

Last evening I attended a general meeting of the Ottawa Independent Writers that was held in the Library and Archives Canada building on Wellington Street. For over 25 years the OIW has been a gathering place for writers, editors and like-minded individuals to meet and share their experiences. This was the first meeting I'd attended, and I found it a very enjoyable experience.

The meeting featured guest speaker Steve Lowell, who delivered a seminar on effective public speaking. Steve emphasized several very important principles to remember when making public appearances, and I thought he did an excellent job working with volunteers from the audience to provide examples of good and poor public speaking habits. His website is found at I'd particularly recommend that you take a look at his blog, which has some very interesting anecdotes and tips. Thanks to Steve for an enjoyable and informative seminar.

Thanks as well to Theresa Jobateh, membership director, for her able assistance and her friendly welcome. Thanks also to Carl Dow, president, and the other members.

I will be appearing with other OIW members at the Ottawa Authors and Artisans Fair on November 20, 2011 at the Jack Purcell Centre, just off Elgin Street. Hope to see everyone there.


  1. Hi, Michael.

    Thanks for the mention :o)

    It was a pleasure to meet you in person, chat you up and introduce you to a couple of our long-time members.

    See you at the book fair too where I will be promoting the ebook version of the novel.


  2. Welcome aboard the Overnight Bestseller, Theresa! I hope you enjoy the reading material here!