Author Jael Richardson Shares Freedom to Read Award with the Festival of Literary Diversity

Feb 27, 2019

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that Jael Richardson and the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) share the 2019 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of the freedom to… Read More

Creators and Publishers Unite in Opposition to Open Library

Feb 13, 2019

Unauthorized “Controlled Digital Lending” is a violation of authors’ rights. The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) has joined with 36 other creator, publisher, and agent groups in an international movement against the unauthorized practice of “controlled digital lending.” The… Read More

Writer Associations Condemn Unauthorized Digital Scanning and Lending

Jan 23, 2019

Unlicensed lending of scanned books violates authors’ rights, and damages the marketplace.   The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) joins with our partner organizations, the U.S. Authors Guild (AG), the U.K.’s Society of Authors (SoA), and the International Authors Forum (IAF) in… Read More

Author Incomes in Steep Decline

Oct 22, 2018

For Immediate Release A 27% drop in last three years suggests educational copying is devastating writers’ livelihoods. The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) today released the results of its 2018 income survey report. Entitled Diminishing Returns: Creative Culture at Risk, the… Read More

Canada’s Writers Welcome Copyright Term Extension Under USMCA

Oct 3, 2018

For Immediate Release The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased with the cultural implications of the new USMCA, and congratulates the Government of Canada on its unwavering support for Canada’s cultural workers during trade negotiations. The extension of the copyright term… Read More

Europe Provides a Road Map to a Better Internet for Authors

Sep 13, 2018

For Immediate Release The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is delighted with the results of this week’s European Parliament vote on a pathway to strong new laws for writers and other artistic creators in the internet age. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market… Read More

The Writers’ Union of Canada Supports Access Copyright in Educational Sector Legal Action

Jul 30, 2018

For Immediate Release This month, Canada’s copyright licensing agency, Access Copyright, filed a Statement of Defence and Counterclaim in litigation launched against it by Ontario school boards and Ministries of Education from most provinces. The education sector launched this… Read More

Laval University Returns to Licensing for Its Educational Copying

Jun 19, 2018

For Immediate Release The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) congratulates all parties in the amicable settlement of a class action copyright infringement suit between Laval University and Copibec, Quebec’s collective licensing agency. Despite widespread unlicensed copying… Read More

JO HATHERLY’S “RUNNING IN CIRCLES” WINS $2,500 CASH PRIZE

Jun 8, 2018

For Immediate Release   The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that Jo Hatherly has won the $2,500 cash prize for its 25th annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, for the best story under 2,500 words, with her piece “Running in Circles.” In addition,… Read More

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 21st DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD

Jun 7, 2018

For Immediate Release TORONTO – The Writers’ Union of Canada announced this evening that Norma Dunning is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 21st annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author… Read More