The national organization of
professionally published writers.

Getting published

Finished your first manuscript? Part way through a promising work-in-progress? Have a great idea for a story? Getting published can be a challenge, but TWUC is here to help. Read our free Getting Published FAQs to understand your next steps.
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood
Novelist, Poet, Essayist (Photo credit: Luis Mora)
The results of forming the Union have been much greater than expected. All writers in Canada have benefited.


  • Powerful advocacy in support of writers’ rights
  • Connection with a community of professional writers across the country
  • Increased income opportunities through public and school readings programs
  • Free professional development resources and how-to guides
  • Be paid to mentor, or be mentored by, another writer through the Union's Mentorship Microgrants
  • Access to dedicated staff for contract advice and grievance assistance

Upcoming Webinars

The Writers' Union of Canada presents webinars on a range of craft and business topics for writers. All TWUC webinars are closed captioned. Learn more about accessibility at the Union. The following webinars are open to the public; members of the Union can find special member-exclusive webinars and recordings in the TWUC Member Portal.

22 Mar

3:00 pm ET
12:00 pm PT

Health Benefits for Writers: Q&A with the Writers’ Coalition

Join us for this live info session about health benefits for writers through the Writers’ Coalition Program, offered by AFBS.

28 Mar

2:00 pm ET
11:00 am PT

Nominating Committee Webinar

Join the discussion with First Vice-Chair candidates, Kim Fahner and Gail Sidone Šobat. Hosted by Tommy Schnurmacher.

13 Apr

2:00 pm ET
11:00 am PT

Poetry and Place: In Conversation with Poet Laureates

Celebrate National Poetry Month and join us in this discussion with Poet Laureates from different cities across Canada.

Member Announcement

Feb. 27 2023

Barbara Kyle

Ontario author Barbara Kyle's new novel The Deadly Trade will be published by Woodhall Press in September 2023. It's the first in a series of mysteries featuring animal rights activist Natalie “Nat” Sinclair and her team of volunteers as they rescue abandoned and abused animals. The Deadly Trade…