Ontario Writers-In-the-Schools

Applications are now open for school presentations taking place between September 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

Please read the information below carefully before applying.

INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

Members of The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) apply directly for funding for school presentations. Participating authors will deliver a presentation for in person or virtual classroom use.

INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

Teachers who wish to host a virtual author presentation must contact the requested author and ask them to apply for funding through this program. There are two ways to contact authors:

  • Use the Member Directory to check the author’s profile for an email address or phone number.
  • Send an email to the author care of The Writers’ Union of Canada to info@writersunion.ca.

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

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Authors participating in this program must be members of the Union. Each member is eligible for up to six virtual visits for the 2022 fiscal year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023). 

Each school is eligible for three virtual presentations for the fiscal year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023). Funding from the Ontario Arts Council supports virtual presentations for elementary and secondary schools in Ontario. Post-secondary institutions are not eligible.

Please note: Applications usually exceed available funding and it may not be possible to fund all applications.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Participating authors will deliver an in person or virtual presentation (with audio and video) as agreed upon with the teacher.

When applying for funding, authors must have an arrangement with the school to participate in the program but are not required to have an exact date confirmed in advance.

Click here for suggestions on connecting with teachers and schools.

Click here for tips on a successful virtual school presentation.

Click here for tips on a successful in person school presentation.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

For virtual presentations be sure to consult with the teacher about what format will work for their classroom, including any privacy or online security considerations. Advance discussions will ensure the best virtual presentation for each classroom. 

AUTHOR FUNDING

TWUC members apply directly for funding for school presentations. The Union pays the author’s fee of $300 per school presentation.

Participating authors will be required to complete an online Final Report that includes the date of the presentation to the school and the number of students who attended the presentation.

Fees are paid directly to the author following the successful completion of the presentation and receipt of the author’s Final Report.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

Currently, no travel and/or meal reimbursement is provided. If you are planning a visit to a northern or remote school in person and you are seeking travel reimbursement, please contact soconnor@writersunion.ca to discuss. 

EQUITY INITIATIVE

As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, applications from authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability will be prioritized. To ensure your application is prioritized, submit by the appropriate session deadline.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Author presentations should acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada. 

FUNDING NOTE

Funding for 2022 has not yet been confirmed. While we are currently accepting applications, all classroom presentations through this program are contingent on confirmation of funding.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for presentations taking place between September 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 are now being accepted. 

DEADLINE: July 15, 2022 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information contact the TWUC office at soconnor@writersunion.ca.
 

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

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