Ontario Writers-In-the-Schools

Applications for virtual school presentations taking place before March 31, 2021 (Fall Session) will be accepted September 8 – October 1, 2020. All applicants will be notified of application results within 2–3 weeks of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis if funds remain. 

Please read the information below carefully before applying.

CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM

With the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, The Writers’ Union of Canada funds author visits to Ontario elementary and secondary schools. In light of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, we have made changes to this program to provide funding for virtual school presentations.

WHAT’S NEW FOR AUTHORS

TWUC members will apply directly for funding for virtual school presentations. 

Participating authors will deliver a presentation for virtual classroom use. The presentation may be pre-recorded, live, or a combination. Authors will also develop resources to accompany the presentation.

WHAT’S NEW FOR SCHOOLS

Schools will no longer apply directly to this program. 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 $1,500 of funding for the Fall Session (virtual presentations taking place before March 31, 2021). Booking for the Spring 2020 program do not impact eligibility for the Fall Session.  

Each school is eligible for one virtual presentation for the Fall Session. Funding from the Ontario Arts Council supports virtual presentations for elementary and secondary schools in Ontario. Post-secondary institutions are not eligible. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Participating authors will deliver a virtual presentation (with audio and video) suitable for virtual classroom use and accompanying resources (discussion questions and exercises). The virtual presentation must be delivered to the classroom before March 31, 2021. 

Presentations to different schools should be unique in some way although they may contain the same readings. Previously recorded material can be incorporated as a small portion of the session but must be part of a larger original presentation.

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 tips on a successful virtual school presentation, including sample resource materials.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

Length: Authors will provide 20 minutes of material for the virtual presentation. Depending on the material and grade level, this can be delivered in a single presentation or multiple shorter presentations (e.g., two 10-minute mini-presentations, four 5-minute readings).

Format: The presentation may be pre-recorded, live, or a combination of both. Examples include:

  • A recorded or live conversation between author and teacher that is available for student viewing
  • A recorded author reading followed by commentary about their writing process
  • A recorded instructional video for a writing exercise

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. 

RESOURCE MATERIALS

To support the teaching of Canadian writing, authors will provide the following resource materials to accompany their virtual presentation:

  • 5–7 discussion questions related to the presented material
  • 2 classroom activities/exercises related to the presented material

These resource materials will be provided to the teacher for classroom use following the presentation. (These materials will not be part of the author’s presentation.)

AUTHOR FUNDING

TWUC members apply directly for funding for virtual school presentations. Authors may apply at one of the following funding levels:

  • $500 for virtual presentation to one school
  • $1,000 for virtual presentation to two schools
  • $1,500 for virtual presentation for three schools

Each member is eligible for up to $1,500 of funding for the Fall Session. When applying for funding, authors must have an arrangement with the school to participate in the program (exact presentation date is not required at the time of application). 

Participating authors will be required to submit a report that includes the date the materials were presented to the school, the number of students who accessed the presentation, and a link to the presentation and resource materials.

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

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.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for virtual school presentations taking place before March 31, 2021 (Fall Session) will be accepted September 8 – October 1, 2020. All applicants will be notified of application results within 2–3 weeks of the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis if funds remain. 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information contact Office Administrator Valerie Laws at info@writersunion.ca.
 

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

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