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Thursday September 24: FIRST MEETING: Nerys Parry

The OIW is proud to announce that we will be kicking off this year in grand style, with Nerys Parry as our first guest speaker. The author of “Man and Other Natural Disasters” will be discussing Story Management - Getting it down and getting it done. September's back to school and back to the books--or, more specifically, your book. Whatever it is you're writing--a memoir, a novel, an inspirational non-fiction--starting off on the right foot can make all the difference. Join published author Nerys Parry for a fun-filled evening of exercises and insights designed to help you begin strong and keep going, even when it gets rough. Learn to navigate those vital early planning stages, set reasonable goals, strengthen your writing muscles and build your confidence along with your story and structure. We'll cover the major roadblocks most of us encounter and talk about ways to break through them to get to the end goal, a complete manuscript. Here's her bio: Nerys Parry’s debut novel, Man & Other Natural Disasters, was a finalist for the Colophon Prize and tied for seventh in the Giller Prize Reader’s Choice Awards. Her writing has been described as “gorgeous throughout” (Kerry Clare, editor of Canadian Bookshelf), “compulsive reading” (Katherine Lyall-Watson), “engaging and thoughtful” (Winnipeg Free Press), and has been shortlisted for several awards, including the Kenneth R. Wilson Canadian Business Press, Event Creative Non-Fiction, and FreeFall’s Fall Fiction Awards. An engineer with a passion for hidden history, Nerys holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from UBC. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children. Do join us on Thursday, September 24th for what is sure to be an incredible talk by an amazing lady. Meeting starts at 6:30 for socializing, coffee and nibbles, presentation at 7:00. Members get in for free and guests are only 10$, discountable at the purchase of a year’s membership. The place, as is customary, will be the Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St.

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