Denis McGrath Award for Service to the WGC

In 2017, the Writers Block Award was renamed the "Denis McGrath Award for Service to the WGC" to honour the tremendous contribution Denis McGrath made to the Guild. The award is for writers who have demonstrated a record of exceptional service to the Writers Guild of Canada and whose efforts have strengthened the Canadian screenwriting community as a whole. The recipient of award is determined by the Writers Guild of Canada council.

The 2017 Denis McGrath Award for Service to the WGC was presented to Andrew Wreggitt at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017.

The Writers Block Award was awarded to Peter Mohan (2016), Denis McGrath (2015), Maureen Parker (2014), Anne-Marie Perrotta, Simon Racioppa, and Lienne Sawatsky (2013), Charles (Chuck) Lazer (2012), Peter Grant (2011), Rebecca Schechter (2010), Karen Walton (2009),  Anne MacNaughton, Jeremy Hole and Jack Blum (2008), Sondra Kelly and Sugith Varughese (2007), Fred Yackman (2006), Jill Golick (2005), Pete White (2004), Bill Williams (2003), Jack Gray (2002), and David Barlow (2000).


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  • Atlantic Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
  • Daryl Duke Prize Deadline

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Daryl Duke Prize Deadline

The Daryl Duke Prize is for excellence in a screenplay for an unproduced longform dramatic film. Details at daryldukeprize.ca

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