Who we are
The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW), a not-for-profit organization, is a group for writers, seasoned and new, who hail from Northwestern Ontario, Canada. We do readings, offer writing workshops, and run an annual writing contest. Most of all, we provide inspiration and support to our members, and work hard to put them on the literary map!
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, periodic critiquing services, 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., fees for contests and other special events), donations, grants and sponsorships. 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.