National Public Readings Northern Program

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Applications for readings taking place before March 31, 2020, now available. 

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 December 2, 2019. 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 

As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, applications from organizations wishing to host authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability will be prioritized. To ensure your application is prioritized, submit by the appropriate deadline noted below.

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.
  • Readings hosted by publishers.

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. We welcome applications from remote northern locations and endeavour to fund visits to as many communities as possible. Please note due to budget constraints not all applications can be funded. Please indicate anticipated travel costs on the application form. When estimating costs, please note that in the event a charter flight is required, the Union can reimburse the cost of a single seat.

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 with receipts.

HOW TO APPLY

An administrative fee of $79.10 ($70 + HST) must be submitted with each application. If your application is not approved, your online application fee will be refunded to you. In the case of cheques, 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.

The Union is committed to funding readings in communities across Canada. If your organization primarily serves community members who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability and the administrative fee is a barrier to using this program, please contact Office Administrator Valerie Laws at 416-703-8982 x 224 or info@writersunion.ca

Applications for readings taking place between April 1, 2019, and March 30, 2020, are now being accepted. 

The deadline to submit an application is December 2, 2019All applicants will be notified of application results within 3 weeks of the deadline. 

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.