National Public Readings Northern Program

Funding available for the 2017-18 National Public Readings Northern Program.  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 15, 2017.

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.


This program promotes author tours to Northern communities within Canada. A host organization located in a Northern community can request up to double the travel maximums when it organizes three full readings or six half readings for the same writer within the same or neighbouring Northern community, within a reasonable timeframe.

The Union will pay the author a $250 honorarium per full (solo) reading or a $125 honorarium per half (joint) reading. There is a maximum of $600 (full)/$300 (half) available for transportation costs per reading, for a total payment of a $750 honorarium and up to $1800 in transportation costs. The host organization is responsible for the author's accommodations and meals.

In order to be eligible for this program, a host organization must organize an author tour in their Northern community for three full readings or six half-readings.

A limited amount of funding has been allocated for this program. Funding for this program is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. TWUC's funding period runs from April 1 to March 31. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks in advance of the reading. The application period for this program will close August 31, 2017. Applications must be received prior to this date.

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 reading tour 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.) located in a Northern community within Canada and advertised to the community at large. A Northern community is defined as being located above the 54th line of parallel, and Labrador.

This program cannot fund conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, fundraising events, or book prizes. 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.

For additional information about eligibility, click here.


The Union cannot solicit readings on behalf of members. The host organization must contact and arrange dates with an author before applying for funding. Once an author and tour date have been secured, an application form can be downloaded here.

An administrative fee must be paid at the time of application. This fee is $79.10 ($70 + HST) per application. 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. The application period for this program will close August 31, 2017.

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.

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