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Writing Resources at the Library

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop 

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Thunder Bay Public Library and Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW) join forces to bring you our Writers' Nights series.

NOWW is a group of writers - both seasoned and new - who provide inspiration and support.  

We offer dynamic readings of prose, poetry and nonfiction by fine authors in our region. Qualified readers are chosen from among our members. For more information please visit www.nowwwriters.ca. Readings and workshops are free and open to the public.


Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Thursdays @ 7pm

September 26 - Red: fire, passion, rage, danger, hot to trot, roses, hearts, communism
October 17 - Orange: leaves, hunting, see and be seen, pumpkins, fruit
November 21 - Grey/silver: overcast, down in the dumps, twilight, shadows on snow, jewelry

Come out and listen to local authors read their work. Your support is invaluable.

Interested in reading? Please contact Don at admin@nowwwriters.ca.

There will be an open mic for short poetry at each reading.

Visit www.nowwwriters.ca for more information.


Mary J.L. Black Community Program Room
Saturday September 14 @ 10am - 4pm

Registration available on the NOWW website. Fee is $10 for NOWW members or $40 for non-members (includes a membership)

Finding your Voice with Gary Barwin
In this lively and interactive writing workshop, we'll explote these questions and more:

  • What is "voice" - your voice, the voice of the narrator, the voice of characters within a text?
  • How does word choice, sentence structure and overall flow affect or express the particular world of the story or the sensibility of its characters or narrator?
  • What is the right rhythm for what you want to say?

We will explore a whole bunch of different writing activities during this workshop.

Visit www.nowwwriters.ca for more information.


The Writers' Circle


The Writers' Circle meets on the last Wednesday of the month in the Waverley Auditorium @ 7pm.  Call Paul at 345-8513 for more information. 

September 25 - The Roots of Science Fiction
October 30 - Poe & Hallowe'en
November 27 - Silences by Roy Blomstrom
December 18 - Party

Mission Statement

We are the people from within the community who like to write. We meet monthly in an open forum to share ideas, conduct workshops, have discussions, and to support each other in our efforts. Our membership is fluid and new faces are always welcome. We are the best teachers because we are also students. There is no membership fee. We look forward to seeing you.



Author Readings


Brodie Fireside Reading Room
Saturday, September 28 @ 2:30pm

Join local author Peter Panetta for a reading and signing of his book Punk: The Journey of a '60s Delinquent.


Other Events


Lit on Tour Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Tuesday, November 5 @ 7pm

Thunder Bay Public Library, Lakehead University, Northwestern Ontario Writers' Workshop (NOWW), Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Toronto International Festival of Authors and CBC Radio are pleased to host the 9th annual Lit On Tour Thunder Bay event. Lit On Tour brings together the world's best writers of contemporary literature, presenting events across the province. Tickets ($15) are available at all library locations as well as the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Call (807)-624-4206 for more information. Event will be hosted by Lisa Laco from CBC Radio.

The event features these authors and their new works:

  • Rune Christiansen reading: Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest
  • Ann Hui reading: Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's Chinese Restaurants
  • Linden MacIntyre reading: The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami



National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 20.

NaNoWriMo's Come Write In (CWI) program connects libraries, bookstores, and other neighbourhood spaces with their local NaNoWriMo participants to build vibrant writing communities.

This year TBPL s a CWI location! Check back for dates and meet up with local writers to pursue your creative dreams and write the first draft of your novel. For more information contact Margaret at 345-8275 ext 7250.


Open Mic Poetry Night with Samantha Convey

Brodie Fireside Reading Room
Wednesday, October 2 @ 7pm

Join Samantha Convey for an evening of sharing. Joined by various local writers, Convey will be sharing work featured in her newest collection, Until I Feel Like My Own Mother, that will have you falling in love with poetry again. All are welcome to share their work during the open mic portion of the evening.