News & Events

Oct. 18 2012
  Since the summer, when the Copyright Modernization Act received Royal Assent and the Supreme Court of Canada issued decisions on two copyright cases on fair dealing, some voices in the media have given exaggerated, speculative advice to educational institutions as to the value and necessity of... Read More
Oct. 16 2012
40th Anniversary Chair’s Tour In celebration of our 40th year, we are gathering all across the country to talk about what it means to bea Canadian writer today. Hear the latest onCopyright • eBooks • Library & Archives Canada • PLR •the new Digital Landscape Share your views,... Read More
Sep. 22 2012
In conjunction with Whatever Else: An Irving Layton Symposium, to be held at the University of Ottawa May 3-5, 2013, and in recognition of the centenary of Laytons birth, we invite writers to respondwhether by way of homage, parody, retort, homolinguistic translation, or any otherdialectical form (... Read More
Aug. 7 2012
Click here to download the Writers' Union of Canada's 2013 Pre-budget submission. Read More
Press Release
Jul. 13 2012
Canada's writers promise to continue the "Fair Dealing" fight The Writers’ Union of Canada concerned for the future of the “creator class”. Schools boards and school administrators should not expect Canada’s writers to submit quietly to recent assaults on their right to fair compensation for the... Read More
Press Release
Jul. 10 2012
DON CUMMER’S “THE BURYING GROUNDS” WINS THE WRITERS' UNION OF CANADA'S 16TH ANNUAL WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION - $1,500 CASH PRIZE The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Don Cummer is the winner of the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition, for his story, “The Burying... Read More
Jul. 3 2012
Presentation on Bill C-11, Copyright Modernization Act to the Senate Standing Committee on Banks, Trade and Commerce by The Writers’ Union of Canada, June 26, 2012   Click here to view recording (The Writers' Union of Canada's presentation begins at 2:18:43)Cliquez ici pour la... Read More
Jun. 22 2012
We are delighted to learn that the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages has overturned  the decision to cut funding to the Literary Press Group. This is a wise course and will ensure the continued marketing and distribution of hundreds of new works from Canada’s very excellent small... Read More
Jun. 12 2012
We were deeply dismayed to learn of the decision to eliminate funding for the Literary Press Group (LPG) for the fiscal year begun over two months ago.  Published authors of Canadian books form the membership of The Writers’ Union of Canada. At some time in their careers, the vast majority of our... Read More
Press Release
Jun. 7 2012
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2011 DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD.   The Writers’ Union of Canada announced today that Ian Williams is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 15th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first English-language collection of short... Read More