National Public Readings Northern Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Funding for the 2018-19 National Public Readings Northern Program has now all been allocated. Applications for readings after April 1, 2019 will be available in early 2019.

With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers’ Union of Canada promotes author tours to northern communities within Canada. The Union subsidizes the author’s reading fee, travel expenses, and meals.

Within this program, a tour consists of three full (solo) readings or six half (joint) readings, or any combination equivalent to three full readings. If you are applying from a particularly remote community and find these requirements prohibitive, please explain on your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.  

The funding period for this program runs from April 1 to March 31. A limited amount of funding has been allocated for this program.

  • All applications must be received at least four weeks in advance of the author tour.
  • The deadline to submit applications is August 31, 2018. Applications for this program will not be accepted after this date.

As part of this program, readings must be advertised to the community at large. 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. Click here to access logos.

The Union strongly encourages hosts to hold readings in barrier-free venues and to consider any additional presenter or audience access needs (e.g., ASL interpretation, large print materials). We also encourage you to make accessibility information available to your audience (e.g., on your website and promotional materials).

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

EQUITY INITIATVE FUNDING

Within the National Public Readings Northern Program, Equity Initiative Funding has been designated to waive the administrative fee for:

Readings taking place in remote communities (a community is remote if it is a distance from urban areas, travel is required to access basic amenities, and it lacks transportation links that are typical in more populated areas)

  • Host organizations serving community members who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability
  • Host organizations wishing to host authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability

If you are unsure if your organization serves the communities listed above, consider the following guiding questions:

  • Does your organization largely serve or program for these populations?
  • Are you taking into consideration the specific access needs of these populations?
  • Are you prioritizing outreach to these communities for this event?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your organizations qualifies for Equity Initiative Funding. If you are still unsure, please contact Office Administrator Valerie Laws at 416.703.8982 x 224 of info@writersunion.ca.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for funding through this program:

  • Readings must be located in a northern community within Canada:
    • Within Ontario and Quebec, communities at or north of the 51st parallel
    • Within Labrador, all communities
    • Within the rest of Canada, communities at or north of the 54th parallel
  • Readings must be held in a publicly accessible venue (e.g., a library, book store, festival location)
  • Readings must be advertised to the community at large.
  • Requested authors must be members of the Union. Each member is eligible for one northern tour per funding year (April 1 – March 31). Please note: Reading limits in this program are separate from author reading limits in the National Public Readings Program.

The following events and activities are not eligible for funding through this program:

  • Conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, fundraising events, book prizes, or book launches.
  • Readings for which reading fees and travel costs are funded by another program of the Canada Council for the Arts.
  • Readings by authors who sit on a board or executive committee of the host organization for the period during which the host organization has applied for and received funding.
  • Readings by authors who are staff or volunteers with the host organization.

Please note: Applications must be submitted by the host organization. Each host is eligible for funding for one northern tour per funding year (April 1 – March 31).

HOW IT WORKS

CHOOSING AN AUTHOR

Host organizations must arrange dates for the tour with the author before applying for funding. There are two 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 info@writersunion.ca.

Please note that author contact information is intended for the purposes of booking only. Please respect authors’ privacy.

AUTHOR READING RATES

The Union pays the author’s reading rates as follows:

  • For a full (solo) reading, we pay a base reading rate of $300
  • For a half (joint) reading, we pay a base reading rate of $150

The Union pays these rates for up to three full (solo) readings or six half (joint) readings, or any combination equivalent to three full readings.

TRAVEL EXPENSES

The Union reimburses the author’s travel expenses within Canada. Please indicate anticipated travel costs on the application form.  

Please note: The Union cannot cover travel expenses outside of Canada.

MEAL COSTS

The Union reimburses the author’s meal costs up to $65 per day.

HOW TO APPLY

An administrative fee of $79.10 ($70 + HST) must be submitted with each application unless the reading qualifies for Equity Initiative Funding (as outlined above).

Payment by cheque should be included with your application. 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.

For readings taking place between April 1, 2018, and March 1, 2019:

A completed application and administrative fee must be received at least 4 weeks in advance of the reading date. All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this program, please contact Office Administrator Valerie Laws at 416.703.8982 x 224 or info@writersunion.ca.

 

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