WGC Writers Block Award
The Writers Block Award is presented to 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 The Writers Block Award is determined by the Writers Guild of Canada Council.
This year, the Writers Block Award was presented to Denis McGrath, by WGC President Jill Golick and Executive Director Maureen Parker. Denis has been a WGC Executive Councillor (central region) since 2008; he is chair of Canadian Screenwriter magazine’s editorial board; he was a fierce negotiator during the last two rounds of IPA bargaining; he has been a screenwriters’ advocate through social media and elsewhere, and he is a wonderful mentor to other screenwriters. For these reasons and more he was awarded the Writers Block Award.
The Writers Block Award has previously been awarded to Maureen Parker, 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).