National Public Readings Program

Applications for readings taking place between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 are now closed.

Please read the information below carefully before applying.

CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM

With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers’ Union of Canada funds public author readings across Canada. In light of COVID-19 and the range of public health guidelines across the country, the program is funding virtual readings only for the 2021 session. 

INFORMATION FOR HOST ORGANIZATIONS

Hosts may apply for funding for virtual events. At this time, funding is available for virtual events only.

To encourage continued author readings in 2021, there will be no administration fee for hosts applying to the Fall 2021 session (readings taking place September 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021). 

INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

TWUC members may apply directly for funding for self-hosted virtual events. There is no administration fee to apply.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Authors participating in this program must be members of the Union (whether the event has a host organization or is self-hosted by the author). Each member is eligible for two full readings or four partial readings, or any combination equivalent to two full readings, each fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).

Host organizations are eligible for funding for two full readings or four partial readings, or any combination equivalent to two full readings, each fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). 

Host organizations must arrange a date for the reading for the author(s) 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. 

PROGRAM DETAILS: VIRTUAL EVENTS

Host organizations and authors may apply for funding for virtual readings. In this program, we refer to full and partial readings. Here’s what that means for virtual events:

  • full reading includes a minimum of 15 minutes of reading time per author, excluding additional time for discussion or questions.
  • partial reading includes 5 – 15 minutes of reading time per author, excluding additional time for discussion or questions. 

Click here for tips on holding a successful virtual reading

ELIGIBILITY: VIRTUAL EVENTS

In order to be eligible for funding through this program:

  • Participating author(s) must be Union member(s).
  • Virtual reading(s) must take place on a publicly accessible platform (e.g., Facebook Live, GoogleMeet, YouTube, Zoom).
  • Virtual reading(s) must include audio and video.
  • Virtual reading(s) must be advertised to the public in advance.
  • Attendance numbers for the virtual event must be provided as part of the final report. We strongly encourage you to require online registration or RSVPs to help anticipate your attendance numbers.

AUTHOR READING RATES

The Union pays the author’s reading rates directly to the author for virtual events as follows:

  • For a full reading, we pay a base reading rate of $300.
  • For a partial reading, we pay a base reading rate of $150.

The Union pays the reading rates directly to the author following the successful completion of the event and receipt of the author’s Reading Report and Invoice.

INELIGIBLE EVENTS

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

  • For all events: Conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, fundraising events, book prizes, or podcasts
  • For all events: Readings for which reading fees are funded by another program of the Canada Council for the Arts
  • For virtual events: Online author discussion (there must be a reading component as described above)
  • For host organization applicants: 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
  • For host organization applicants: Readings by authors who are staff or volunteers with the host organization
  • For host organization applicants: Readings hosted by publishers
  • For the Fall 2021 session: Any in-person event

ACCESSIBILITY

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. 

EQUITY INITIATIVE

As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, applications for readings featuring 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 session deadline.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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 (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.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for events taking place between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 are now closed. Applicants will be notified of results within 3 weeks following the August 16 deadline. 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this program, please contact the TWUC office at info@writersunion.ca.

 

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

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