Benefits of Membership
As a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, you will benefit from the many programs and services the Union provides.
- Advocacy on behalf all writers to ensure your voice is heard and your writing is protected. The Union is at the table with government and industry to advance issues vital to writers and to increase knowledge and awareness of the issues facing writers in Canada;
- Assistance with Grievances. Working with the Union’s Grievance Liaison and legal counsel, office staff assist members in resolving professional grievances;
- Assistance from Union staff with writing contracts;
- Access to reading programs for eligible members, including the National Public Reading Program and the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program, which provide Canadian writers with opportunities to meet new and existing readers of their work, and to receive an honorarium to compensate them for their time;
- All Union publications at no charge on such topics as contract negotiation, electronic rights, tax law and procedures, incorporation, literary agents, Canadian publishers, ghost writing, anthology rates, and grants. (These publications are also available to non-members for a fee);
- A subscription to the Union’s magazine, Write, which provides professional development information and opportunities;
- A personal web page that highlights your accomplishments and publications, as well as providing information to interested parties regarding your reading fees and availability. As a member, you can update your page as frequently as you wish;
- Opportunity to attend the Union’s Annual General Meeting. At the AGM, members are able to meet with their peers, discuss issues of common concern, develop Union policy, and attend professional development workshops at the On Words Conference. A travel subsidy is available for members attending the AGM. Past AGM workshops have included sessions on publishers, translation, making a living in the digital age, non-fiction and litigation, international markets, and many other topics;
- Access to the Union’s cross-country Professional Development Workshops, which provide detailed assistance to members and non-members about issues related to the business of writing;
- Eligibility to receive a fee when you participate as an evaluator in the Manuscript Evaluation Service;
- Access to regional meetings, socials, and the Union’s online discussion platform.
- Eligibility to participate in a group health benefits plan. This plan includes, but is not limited to: a drug plan, hospital coverage, out-of-hospital benefits, vision care, hearing benefits, dental care, and specialists' services;
Your membership dues also allow the Union to continue to undertake its work on behalf of writers, to advocate for fair legislation to support writers and their work, and to ensure that writers receive fair financial compensation for their work.
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