National Public Readings

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Funding for readings taking place between September 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 has now been allocated. Applications for the next funding period will be available in January 2018.

This program is open to all TWUC members who fall within the eligibility requirements and guidelines as provided by the Canada Council for the Arts. Currently funding is not extended to authors who are solely self-published.


Through this program, The Writers’ Union of Canada provides funding to organizations across Canada that are hosting public author readings.

The Union pays the author a $250 honorarium per full (solo) reading or a $125 honorarium per half (joint) reading. There is a maximum of $300 (solo)/$150 (joint) in econmy travel expenses per reading available. The host organization is responsible for the author's accommodations and meals. Each host and author is eligible to receive funding for a maximum of 2 full or 4 half readings per fiscal year.

TWUC's funding period runs from April 1 to March 31 and is divided up into FALL (September 1 to March 31) and SPRING (April 1 to August 31) sessions. Readings are limited and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a limited number of readings allotted to each session.

Copies of advertisements and promotional materials must be sent to the Union when they become available. All publicity materials must acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada, with logos.

Please note: The Union will not refund reading fees and travel expenses to hosts. TWUC reimburses the authors directly after receiving a reading report and invoice form, with original itemized receipts, after the event has taken place. Under this program, TWUC cannot reimburse any travel expenses from outside of Canada.


To be eligible for funding, the reading(s) must be held in a publicly accessible venue (a library, book store, festival location, etc.) and advertised to the community at large. This program cannot fund conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, fundraising events, book prizes or book launches.

This program cannot fund readings for which honoraria and travel costs are funded by another Canada Council program.

This program cannot fund authors who sit on a board or executive committee of an organization that has applied for funding, for the period during which the host organization has applied for and received funding; authors who are coordinators, directors, or volunteers with the applicant host organization; nor authors who are the editors and professors responsible for the proposed readings.

New in 2014: Readings that take place in or host an author from an Official Language Minority Community are eligible to receive an additional 20% of the total cost of a reading to help offset additional travel costs or supplement honoraria as needed. An Official Language Minority Community is defined by the Canada Council for the Arts as groups of people that share a common language, English or French, distinct from the linguistic majority of the province or territory in which they live.

For example, if an Anglophone author is invited to speak at an English language reading that takes place in what is deemed as a French-language province, they would be eligible for this aspect of the program. Or, if an Anglophone author who is from an Official Language Minority Community and is invited to read outside of their province, they would be eligible for this program as well, i.e.: an Anglophone author from Quebec is invited to speak in Ontario.

For further clarification about what is defined as an Official Language Minority Community, please contact the Canada Council for the Arts.

For additional information about eligibility, click here.


The Union cannot solicit readings on behalf of members. The host organization must contact and arrange a date with an author before applying for funding. Once an author and date have been secured, an application form can be submitted. Funding for readings between September 1,  2017 - March 31, 2018 has now been allocated. All applications recieved for readings between those dates are added to the waiting list.  Applications can be found here.

An administrative fee must be paid at the time of application. This fee is $79.10 ($70 + HST) per full (solo) reading or $39.55 ($35+ HST) per half (joint) reading. This fee must be submitted (by cheque or credit card number) with the application. The payment will ONLY be processed if the application is approved. If the application is not approved, the Union will destroy the cheque or, if requested, return the cheque to the host organization. Payment of this administrative fee is the responsibility of the host organization, and cannot be deducted from the author's fee.

A completed application and administrative fee must be received at least FOUR (4) weeks in advance of the reading date.

Once your application has been approved, the administrative fee payment will be deposited, and confirmation letters will be sent to both you and your requested author. Administrative fees are non-refundable.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the National Public Readings Program.

Click here for a list of hosting tips for a sucessful reading.

For more information about this program, please contact the Office Administrator at