Conference & AGM

TWUC Annual General Meeting: Thursday, June 14, 2018
Canadian Writers' Summit: June 14–17, 2018

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

It’s time to start planning your annual chance to mingle with your fellow TWUC members at the Annual General Meeting. To ensure members don’t miss out on any of the exciting Canadian Writers’ Summit programming, this year's AGM will be held on Thursday, June 14. The AGM is the day for motions, minutes, discussion, and debate, when the Union's plans for the coming year are made. Please contribute to your Union by attending.

  • Notice of Motions: The deadline for Notice of Motions is April 13, 2018.
  • Business Agenda: The business agenda with a detailed AGM schedule will be circulated closer to the date.

There is no fee to attend the AGM, but you must let us know you're coming. The deadline to register for the AGM is May 14, 2018.

Canadian Writers' Summit

The Canadian Writers' Summit (CWS) once again gathers members of writing organizations and academics from across the country for one big joint conference. Whether you write for children or adults, write fiction or nonfiction, write poetry or drama, or whether you teach or study writing, there is something for you at CWS2018.

The conference kicks off on Thursday evening with a keynote from d'bi.young anitafrika, dub poet, monodramatist, educator, three-time Dora Award-winning actor, and playwright. CWS continues with full days of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and events on Friday and Saturday. On Friday evening, the 2018 Margaret Laurence Lecture will be delivered by Tomson Highway, award-winning playwright, bestselling author, musician, composer, and member of the Order of Canada. CWS wraps up with a final keynote from Virginia Pésémapéo-Bordeleau, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist of Cree and Métis heritage.

CWS2018 isn’t just about learning and lectures, there are social events too. On Thursday evening before the opening keynote, there will be a TWUC Member Reception, your chance to connect with old friends and new. This special event just for TWUC members will include drinks, nibbles, socializing, and the announcement of the winners of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers.

On Friday evening, TWUC's Equity Task Force is hosting Celebrate #DiverseCanLit, a special celebration featuring short performances, socializing, snacks, cash bar, music, and even dancing!

Visit the CWS website to see the full range of programming and to register


The Union is pleased to provide some travel reimbursement to members attending the Annual General Meeting. Members using the AGM Travel Reimbursement are required to attend the AGM Plenary Sessions on Thursday, June 14. The Union will have sign-in sheets available during the morning and afternoon sessions. Travel Reimbursement forms will be distributed at the end of the last plenary session on Thursday. Click here for detailed information on the travel reimbursement program (you must be logged in to see this page). 

Click here for information on reimbursement for person-care costs at the AGM


The closest hotels to Harbourfront Centre are the Westin Harbour Castle and the Radisson Admiral Hotel, but waterfront hotels in June are not budget accommodations. The good news is that the Canadian Writers' Summit is accessible by public transit so anything in the Toronto downtown should be a short trip away, especially if it is near a subway stop or the Spadina or Bathurst streetcar lines.

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The AGM and CWS take place at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto. Harbourfront Centre is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible destination for all visitors. The site is wheelchair accessible. Click here for more information about accessibility at the Canadian Writers' Summit.

We hope to see you all on the beautiful Toronto waterfront this June for the TWUC's AGM and CWS2018.