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Canadian Writers Organizations and Resources

Alberta Playwrights’ Network

Alberta Playwrights’ Network (APN) is a non-profit, provincial arts service organization and registered charity dedicated to fostering playwriting in Alberta.

Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society

Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society is a non-profit organization and registered charity that has been serving Calgary and area writers since 1981. It offers writer support in a variety of ways: creative writing courses to improve craft, mentorship, manuscript review services, as well as other services.

Canadian Authors Association

The Canadian Authors Association is Canada’s national writing organization. The CAA plays a key role in the support and development of the Canadian writing community. It has charitable status as a registered National Arts Service Organization.

CANSCAIP: Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers

The Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) is a group of professionals in the field of children’s culture with members from all parts of Canada.

Editors’ Association of Canada / Association canadienne des réviseurs

The Editors’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs (EAC) promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication.

Federation of BC Writers

The Federation is the voice of writers in BC—supporting, developing, educating and promoting writers while fostering a community for writing throughout the province.

League of Canadian Poets

The League of Canadian Poets, a non-profit arts service organization, is the national association of professional publishing and performing poets in Canada.

Manitoba Writers’ Guild

The Manitoba Writers’ Guild is the pre-eminent writing organization in Manitoba.

Online Guide to Writing in Canada

A somewhat helpful online resource with several links to publishers and online publications.

PEN Canada

PEN Canada is an association of writers and supporters formed in 1926 to defend freedom of expression and raise awareness of that right.

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada (formerly Playwrights Union of Canada) is a national association of professional and emerging playwrights.

Québec Writers’ Federation

The Québec Writers’ Federation (QWF) plays an increasingly prominent role in the life of the Québec English-language literary community as an arts presenter and professional and community educator, as well as the representative of Québec’s English-language writers.

Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild is a province-wide organization representing writers in all disciplines and at all levels of development.

SF Canada

SF Canada exists to foster a sense of community among Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to improve communication between Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to foster the growth of quality writing in Canadian speculative fiction, to lobby on behalf of Canadian writers of speculative fiction, and to encourage the translation of Canadian speculative fiction.

Stroll of Poets - Edmonton

The Stroll of Poets Society was founded to address the need to promote poetry as an art form. The Stroll attempts to do this by staging two annual poetry festivals, publishing an annual anthology, and by offering other programs such as reading series and workshops.

Writers’ Alliance NL

Founded in 1987, Writers’ Alliance NL contributes to a supportive environment for writing in Newfoundland and Labrador. WANL seeks to nurture and inspire writers at all levels and stages of their careers, foster public recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador writers, advocate for the well-being of writers, and promote the enhancement of the literary arts in the province.

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick

The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick is a community of writers, both amateur and professional, who strive to develop the craft of writing and who work to promote and encourage the literary arts in New Brunswick.

Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia was established to foster creative writing and the profession of writing in Nova Scotia; to provide advice and assistance to writers at all stages of their careers; to encourage greater public recognition of Nova Scotian writers and their achievements; and, to enhance the literary arts in our regional and national culture.

Writers’ Guild of Alberta

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is a provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta.

Writers’ Guild of Canada

The Writers’ Guild of Canada is a national association representing more than 1,800 writers working in film, television, radio, and multimedia production in Canada. Members of the Guild are professionals who write dramatic TV series, feature films, MOWs, documentaries, animation, comedy and variety series, children’s and educational programming, radio drama, as well as corporate videos and multimedia productions.

The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is a national organization which brings writers together for the advancement of their collective interests.