Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions around travel and in-person gatherings, this program will not run in 2021. Northern Ontario schools are strongly encouraged to use the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program, which currently funds virtual classroom presentations. Authors rather than teachers apply directly to this program, so schools who wish to host a virtual author presentation must contact the requested author and ask them to submit an application. See Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program for details.


With the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada funds author visits to northern Ontario elementary and secondary schools at little to no cost to the school. Under the Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program, the Union subsidizes an author’s reading fee and travel and accommodation expenses for a tour of three schools within the same region of northern Ontario.

If a three-school tour is not possible for some reason (e.g., due to the size or location of your school) or if a different visit configuration would serve your community more effectively, please explain on your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.

The Union strongly encourages schools to hold readings in barrier-free venues and to consider any additional presenter or audience access needs (e.g., ASL interpretation, large print materials). 

The deadline for submitting an application is January 15 of each year.


As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, the Union prioritizes readings by authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability. To ensure your application is prioritized, submit by the deadline noted below. Applications that do not fall within these equity initiative guidelines are also welcome.


  • Elementary and secondary schools in northern Ontario can host authors through this program.
  • Authors hosted through this program must be members of the Union. Each member is eligible for one northern Ontario tour per funding year (April 1 – March 31). Please note: Reading limits in this program are separate from author reading limits in the Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools Program.



Browse the Participating Authors list for information about authors’ genres, preferred audience sizes, and appropriate grade levels. Click the Northern Program column heading to sort by authors who have indicated they are interested in northern Ontario reading tours.

If you are interested in booking an author who is not listed, please contact the author first to ensure that they are available. There are two ways to contact authors:

  • Use the Member Directory to check the author’s profile for an email address or phone number. (Members who are interested in northern Ontario readings tours have indicated “Yes” in the “Northern OAC WITS” section of their member pages.)
  • Send an email to the author care of The Writers’ Union of Canada to

Please note that author contact information is intended for the purposes of booking only. Please respect the authors’ privacy.

Please note that the availability of the author is based on the author’s schedule. As such, it is important to list alternative authors on your application form.


The Union pays the author a flat reading rate of $500 per full-day school visit (three or four sessions).

Please note: Each author sets their own fees, so reading rates may be higher than the base rates. Schools are responsible for paying the difference between an author’s full fee and the amount subsidized by the Union.


The Union reimburses all travel and accommodation expenses within Ontario when the author visits three schools within the same region of northern Ontario on the same tour (exceptions can be made for remote schools). We welcome applications from remote northern locations and endeavour to fund visits to as many schools as possible. Please note due to budget constraints not all applications can be funded. In addition, please note that in the event a charter flight is required, the Union can reimburse the cost of a single seat.


This program will not run in 2021.


For more information contact the TWUC office at


This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.