Writers-in-the-Schools Northern Ontario Program

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This program is open to all TWUC members who fall within the eligibility requirements and guidelines as provided by the Ontario Arts Council. Applications are due on February 1. Thank you to all those who applied.

Program Information

This program provides elementary and secondary schools in Northern Ontario the opportunity to have Canadian authors visit the classroom and interact with students at no cost to the school. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2017.

The Writers-in-the-Schools Northern Ontario program is funded with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. Authors must be members of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC). Members who are interested in participating in northern Ontario school visits have indicated "Yes" to "Northern OAC WITS" on their member pages. Please refer to the members' pages or search the Writers-in-the-Schools search engine at http://www.writersunion.ca/participating-authors for information on writers and their fees.

Under the Writers-in-the-Schools Northern Ontario Program, The Writers’ Union of Canada will subsidize the full cost of the author’s fee and will reimburse all travel and accommodation expenses within Ontario when the author visits three schools, within the same region of northern Ontario, on the same tour (exceptions can be made for remote schools). Travel and accommodation arrangements will be organized by the school and/or author, with the assistance of TWUC if necessary.

The Writers’ Union of Canada will pay the author a flat reading fee of $500 for a full-day reading (3-4 sessions). Each member of the Writers’ Union is eligible for one Northern Ontario tour per fiscal year. Readings in this program do not interfere with author reading limits in the OAC WITS Program. Please note that the availability of the author is based on the author’s schedule. As such, it is important to list alternative authors.

Funding for this program is limited. Priority will be given to remote regions that have not had funding through the OAC WITS program. The deadline for submitting an application is January 15 of each year.

For more information contact the Office Administrator, at info@writersunion.ca or phone 416-703-8982 ext. 224.

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