Ottawa Independent Writers elect new board members
and celebrate Christmas with poetry at dinner party

First prize in the contest went to Barbara Florio Graham. Second to Rosaleen Dickson. The third prize went to Sid Allcom but unfortunately the text of his poem was not available when we went to press.

Following are the contributions of Barbara Florio Graham and Rosaleen Dickson.

A Freelancer's Christmas Eve

By Barbara Florio Graham

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring except for a mouse
Enthralled by a freelancer glued to her chair
On deadline, dejected and filled with despair.

The publishers offices, empty of editors,
Partied at noon, unworried by creditors,
While the owner, uncaring, was named King of Predators.

The freelancer cried at her terrible plight,
The words had stopped flowing, she faced a long night,
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,
She rose from her chair to see what was the matter.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a guy at the helm in a cool velvet suit
With an armload of books and computer to boot.

He downloaded everything, then with a grin,
Said, “Enter a contest and surely you'll win!”
The reindeer ascended, the sleigh pierced the night
Until all the visitors were out of sight.

But the writer was Scrooged, doubly so as she’d signed
A contract so heinous her colleagues all whined.
So even with Santa and all of her wits,
She decided a freelancer's life is the pits.

© 2008 Barbara Florio Graham,

5 December 2008

Poem for Christmas - 2008

Rosaleen Leslie Dickson

Jack and Gilles went up the Hill
To fetch a coalition.
With Stephen Dion in the lead;
A great ambitious mission.

Prime Minister, the other Steve
Was meanwhile in denial.
He changed his mind and changed the rules
But couldn’t change his style.

He backtracked on his errors,
And promised to abide.
And finally he made the choice
To run away and hide.

He got our country’s Parliament
Locked down for six long weeks,
To give him time to advertise
The changes that he seeks.

His message will be published
In papers and TV
For everyone in Canada
To read and hear and see.

While nothing happens on the Hill,
My wish for you is clear:
“Have a happy Christmas
And a wonder full New Year.”

Ottawa Independent Writers elected the following
Board of Directors Thursday, November 27, 2008

George Laidlaw, President
Carl Dow, Vice-President
Randy Ray, Director Media and Communications
Gordon Pimm, Treasurer
Theresa Jobateh, Secretary
Bill Horne, Past President and Membership Director
Ray Coderre, Director at Large
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair, Social Director
Roy Acres, Editor Digest
Stephanie Kain, Student Liason
Donna MacLellan, Volunteer Coordinator
Susan Jennings, Director at Large

Ottawa Authors Book Sale 2008

By Randy Ray
Media and Communications
Ottawa Independent Writers

The 2008 Ottawa Authors Book Sale took place on Nov. 8 and 9 at Clark Hall in the RA Centre on Riverside Drive Ottawa with more than 60 authors in attendance.

Approximately 600 attended. A raffle of new books donated by Toronto publisher The Dundurn Group raised $285 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

One highlight of the sale was the arrival on Saturday afternoon of young authors who wrote stories for the latest OIW Ottawa Treasures book of children's non-fiction stories.

The authors were presented with a certificate and many visitors bought copies of the book.

Another highlight was a book signing on Sunday with broadcaster Max Keeping and former Ottawa mayor Jacquelin Holzman. Both were on hand to autograph a book they helped write about cancer survival.

Thanks to everyone twho participated in the sale and all of those who helped out with publicity, selling raffle tickets, Visa sales and various other tasks.

Ottawa Independent Writers offers venue for creative minds

By George Laidlaw
Ottawa Independent Writers

Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) was created in 1984 as a gathering place for people with a passion to weave fiction and non-fiction stories, write poetry and plays and string words together in a variety of other formats.

OIW provides a venue where writers can share experiences and learn new aspects of their craft. We empathize with writers having trouble getting started and we celebrate with those whose works are published. Along the way, we give them the tools necessary to improve their work.

Although the emphasis is on writing, we also focus on the business of writing, which includes finding a publisher, editing, cover design, promotion and marketing, networking and keeping track of finances. Writers who need help in any of these areas, will be connected with members who can offer advice; or we can link them with outside experts.

OIW serves the interests of all writers, from novice to seasoned scribe. Our members are involved in advertising, biography, business communications, children's literature, literary publicity, memoirs, translation, freelance writing, consumer affairs, drama, education, fiction and non-fiction, government, health, high technology, humour, magazines, music, mystery, journalism, novels, poetry, science, short stories, speculative fiction, speeches, screenwriting, travel and more!

We invite you to join Ottawa Independent Writers. It is here for you. (For more information, please see our membership page.)

5 December 2008