Why Join?

At The Writers' Union of Canada we understand both the difficulties and the joys of being a writer in this country — from the isolation, frustration, financial concerns, and the need for information and assistance to the elation that comes with each publication.

Benefits of membership

  • Opportunities to meet and network with other professional writers across Canada, including at regional meetings, professional development sessions, social events, and the Annual General Meeting
  • Assistance with publishing contracts and grievances
  • Access to TWUC webinars
  • Access to the Writers’ How-to series, including the Directory of Canadian Publishers, the Contracts Self-Help Package, and professional development publications 
  • Access to paid readings programs, which fund writers for public readings and school presentations.
  • Subscription to Write, the Union’s quarterly magazine on the craft and business of writing in Canada
  • Regular updates on the work of the Union through our e-newsletters
  • Eligibility to be a paid evaluator for our manuscript evaluation service
  • Access to a group health benefits plan, including a drug plan, hospital coverage, out-of-hospital benefits, vision care, hearing benefits, dental care, and specialists’ services
  • Access to resources from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
  • Subsidized travel to the Annual General Meeting
  • A member profile page on TWUC’s website where you can promote yourself and your work

When you join The Writers’ Union of Canada, your annual dues help us work on behalf of all writers to advocate for fair legislation to support writers and their work, and to ensure that writers receive fair financial compensation for their work.