Application for National Public Readings 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. If you applying for multiple author readings, please submit separate applications for each author.

Please ensure you have read the National Public Readings Program guidelines before applying. For more information, contact Office Administrator Valerie Laws at or 416-703-8982 ext. 224.

An administrative fee must be paid with each application ($35 + HST for a half reading, $70 + HST for a full reading). If your application is unsuccessful, the fee will be refunded to you. The option to pay online will be provided after you submit this form. 


Funding is currently available for Spring Session readings taking place between April 1 and August 31, 2020. Applications close on February 3, 2020. All applicants will be notified of application results within 3 weeks of the deadline.

Reading Details

The Union strongly encourages hosts to hold readings in barrier-free venues and to consider 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).

If you are unsure if this reading is eligible for Official Language Minority Community funding, please refer to program guidelines for more information.

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. 

*The author publicly self-identifies using one of these terms or a related term from the LGBTQI2S lexicon. **The author publicly self-identifies as living with a disability.
Funding Eligibility

Any form of recording, taping, or broadcasting of the reading without prior written approval from the author is strictly prohibited.

Organizer Information