Who We Are
In 1997, four individuals with big dreams (Deborah de Bakker, Rosalind Maki, Charles Wilkins and Jim Foulds) founded the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW). Today, NOWW has grown into the largest literary organization in Northwestern Ontario, boasting a strong track record of service to writers and the community. Our mission is to encourage and promote the development of the writers and literature of Northwestern Ontario.
From its inception, NOWW has supported writers through a range of programs and activities, which include writing workshops, readings, a manuscript critiquing service, an annual writing contest, literary awards party, newsletters, a literary magazine, mentorship, networking opportunities and social events. These activities offer writers the opportunity to develop their artistic skills, receive professional feedback, network with each other, present their work to the public through both oral and print media, and have their writing recognized and appreciated. NOWW members include both published and developing writers; writers of fiction and non-fiction; writers for adults and children.
NOWW is run largely by volunteers and an executive committee makes major decisions. Sponsorship from the Ontario Arts Council has made it possible to engage a part time administrator. Volunteer organizers and committees plan and carry out the ongoing events of NOWW. Revenue is acquired through membership fees, fees for services (e.g., Blue Pencil fees, fees for contests and other special events), donations, grants and sponsorships. We keep our membership fee at an affordable rate and to encourage participation by the post-secondary students of Confederation College and Lakehead University, we offer a discounted student rate. Readings and workshops are offered to the public at no charge.
Over the years, NOWW has grown into an umbrella group for writers in the region, helping to develop and/or support new and existing writing groups, such as The Writers Circle, Thunder Bay Writers Guild, 10X10 Playwriting Group, Writers Northwest, Lakehead Unfinished Novels Association (LUNA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada.