Averill Elisa Frankes
Community Organizer
About Me
Growing up in small-town Ontario, I’ve always been a writer. From poorly written Xena fan fiction to even worse angsty poetry, I grew up with a pen in my hand. That is, when I wasn’t playing drums in a Scottish marching band or running around with the local air cadet squadron. (Fun fact: I flew a plane before I drove a car.)

Because I actually wanted to move out of the house one day, I earned a business diploma specializing in aviation and got a job as an aviation analyst in Ottawa. To counter all that math, I write young adult novels on nights, weekends, and lunch hours. I’ve never met a redemption arc I didn’t like (almost), and enemies-to-lovers is my jam. I strive to find that balance between writing about serious issues and swoony romance.

Besides writing, I spend my free time earning a degree in Adult Education, reading, swimming, spending too much time on Twitter, and running the Ottawa Writer's Circle. 

I’m a mental health supporter, Ravenpuff, Tom Hanks superfan, and enthusiastic hugger. I can quote the entirety of The Princess Bride and listen to too much 2000-era pop-punk to be considered cool.


Ottawa Writer's Circle

The Ottawa Writer's Circle is a writer's collective in Ottawa, Ontario. We host twice-a-month social mixers, a variety of critique circles, and writing workshops.

I founded the OWC because I craved a community of fellow writers to talk to, write with, and share with. I didn't take writing seriously until this group really took off. The support and encouragement of this community allowed me to dare to dream I could be a writer. 

If you're ever in Ottawa and want to hang out and do writerly things, we can be found here.
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