The Writers’ Union of Canada is thrilled to announce a new funding opportunity for members, made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Reopening Fund. This funding is provided to support members who are participating in and/or hosting local, in-person* events that take place between August 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022. 

Members or Event Organizers can apply.

Please Note

This is a separate program from the Union’s National Public Readings (NPR) Program. Applications for the NPR Program, which will continue to support virtual and in-person readings, will be considered separately.
Learn more about the NPR program
Canada Council for the Arts Reopening Fund monies are intended to support the safe and responsible reopening of in-person programming in Canada’s arts sector. The Union expects that all local public health restrictions will be respected, and does not in any way encourage public gathering outside of personal comfort and public guidelines. TWUC recognizes the COVID-19 Pandemic is still unresolved.

Program Details

This program will provide an honorarium of $300 to TWUC members taking part in local in-person events. 

  • Events must take place between August 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022.  
  • This funding is for in-person events only. 
  • Each author's appearance must be a minimum of 20 minutes in length.
  • Events do not need to include a reading but must relate to the participant's work as a writer.
  • Each member is eligible for up to 2 events from this fund. Please complete separate applications for each event. 
  • Hosts are eligible for up to 3 authors per event. Please complete separate applications for each author.
  • The Union cannot guarantee funding for all applications associated with a single event or a single author.
  • Funding from this program will not impact a writer or host's eligibility for other TWUC programs.
  • Each event must adhere to any local COVID-19 restrictions. 
  • Each event must have a marketing plan.
  • Authors are required to submit a brief online Final Report to receive payment.


Authors must be members of The Writers' Union of Canada

Host organizations must arrange a date for the reading for the author(s) before applying for funding. There are 2 ways to contact authors:

  • Use the Member Directory to check the author’s profile for an email address or phone number.
  • Send an email to the author care of The Writers’ Union of Canada to


All applicants are welcome, but funds are limited. Following TWUC’s Equity Implementation Plan, priority will be given to:  

  • Events featuring writers who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, and/or living with a disability. 
  • Events that take place in an accessible venue.

Given marketplace damage from the pandemic, priority will also be given to:

  • Events that are done in partnership with small businesses, independent bookstores, or important local venues.
  • Events that intend to launch or “re-launch” books released since March 1, 2020.  


As all events in this program must be local, a very minimal travel reimbursement will be provided to any participating author where required (e.g., for transit and limited mileage). Travel reimbursement cannot exceed $50 per event. Copies of receipts will need to be uploaded with the online Final Report.

Please note that funding for this event is non-transferable, due to large demand on the Union’s funding programs. 


We encourage you to consider presenter and audience access needs as you plan your virtual or in-person events (e.g., closed captioning, ASL interpretation). We also encourage you to make accessibility information available to your audience as part of your promotional materials. 


Events must be advertised to the community at large. Copies of advertisements and promotional materials must be sent to the Union when they become available (e.g., screen shots of digital promotion/event pages, PDFs of posters). All publicity materials must acknowledge the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada. Click here to access logos.


Applications for events taking place between August 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022 closed on July 11, 2022.


For more information about this program, please contact the TWUC office at

This program is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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