National Public Readings Program - Virtual Events

With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, The Writers’ Union of Canada funds public author readings across Canada. For virtual events, the Union subsidizes the author’s reading fee. If you applying for multiple author readings, please submit separate applications for each author.

This application form is for virtual events and may be submitted by host organizations or by authors for self-hosted events. 

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. 


Funding is currently available for Fall Session readings taking place September 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021Applications close on August 30, 2020. All applicants will be notified of application results within 2 weeks of the deadline.

Reading Details

The Union strongly encourages you to consider presenter and audience access needs as you plan your virtual event (e.g., closed captioning, ASL interpretation). We also encourage you to make accessibility information available to your audience as part of your promotional materials. 

As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, applications for readings featuring 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.
Promotional Plan
Successful applicants will be asked to provide copies of promotional materials to
Funding Eligibility
Organizer Information
Include street address, city/town/First Nation, province/territory, and postal code