National Public Readings Program

Funding is still available for Fall Session readings taking place before March 31, 2020. Funding is now also available for Spring Session readings taking place between April 1 and August 31, 2020 (application deadline: February 3, 2020). 

Please read the information below carefully before applying.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers’ Union of Canada funds organizations across Canada that are hosting public author readings. The Union subsidizes the author’s reading fee and a portion of their travel expenses.

Subsidies are organized into two sessions: Spring (April 1 – August 31) and Fall (September 1 – March 31). There are a set application periods for each session. If any funds remain after the deadline, applications will be accepted until all funds are allocated. 

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.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE MINORITY COMMUNITIES

Readings that take place in or host an author from an official language minority community are eligible to receive an additional 20% of total funding (in other words, increased reading rate and increased reimbursement for eligible travel expenses).

Official language minority communities (OLMCs) are groups of people whose maternal or chosen official language is not the majority language in their province or territory – in other words, Anglophones in Quebec and Francophones outside of Quebec. For the purposes of its granting programs, the Canada Council defines OLMC individuals, groups and arts organizations as those who self-identify as belonging to one of these groups. Read more about the Canada Council for the Arts’ definition of Official Language Minority Communities.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for funding through this program:

  • Reading(s) must be held in a publicly accessible venue (e.g., a library, book store, festival location)
  • Reading(s) must be advertised to the community at large.
  • Requested author(s) must be members of the Union. Each member is eligible for two full (solo) readings or four half (joint) readings, or any combination equivalent to two full readings.

The following events, activities, and hosts 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 two full (solo) readings or four half (joint) readings per funding year (April 1 – March 31). 

HOW IT WORKS

CHOOSING AN AUTHOR

Host organizations must arrange a date for the reading with 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.

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

TRAVEL EXPENSES

The Union reimburses the author’s travel expenses within Canada as follows:

  • For a full (solo) reading, we reimburse up to $350 for travel expenses.
  • For a half (joint) reading, we reimburse up to $175 for travel expenses.

The host organization is responsible for the author’s accommodation and meals.

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

HOW TO APPLY

An administrative fee must be submitted with each application.

  • For each full (solo) reading, the administrative fee is $79.10 ($70 + HST)
  • For each half (joint) reading, the administrative fee is $39.55 ($35 + HST).

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.

If you are applying for multiple author readings, please submit separate applications for each author.

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

Spring Session

Applications for readings taking place between April 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020, will be accepted from December 2, 2019, until February 3, 2020Applicants will be notified of results within 3 weeks after the deadline.

Fall Session

Funding is still available for readings taking place before March 31, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the funding is used. Applicants will be notified of results within 3 weeks of applying.

Application Form

A completed application and administrative fee must be received by the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a first come, first served basis if funds remain. If your application is approved, confirmation letters will be sent to both you and your requested author(s). Administrative fees are non-refundable.

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.

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