Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.

WGC Awards Nominations Deadline Dec. 1

The 20th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards take place May 2, 2016, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. As always, they honour excellence in Canadian screenwriting. Nominations are open until Dec. 1 for scripts written by WGC members in the following categories:

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WGC/Jimmy Lee Prize Winner Announced

On Nov. 26 the winners of the 17th annual Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) "Sprint for Your Script" competition were unveiled at an event at Montréal’s Phi Centre. The 2015 competition was dedicated to the world of fantasy film, and the winner of the $1,000 WGC/Jimmy Lee prize for best English-language script went to Gabriela MacLeod for Parasite. Among the other prizes that were handed out was the SODEC Grand Prize to Jay Reid for his script, Phases of the Moon. For complete details click here.

Wanted: Photos for WGC 25th Anniversary

2016 marks an important milestone for the Writers Guild of Canada. It’s the guild's 25th anniversary! Members, to help celebrate the founding of the WGC, and to tell the story of screenwriters in Canada, the guild is creating a 25th anniversary video. If you have any photos of yourself (or others) from days gone by that you'd like to share for use in the video, we'd love to see them.

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Michelle Lovretta First Recipient of TriBro Initiative

Congratulations to WGC member Michelle Lovretta, showrunner of Killjoys, on being the first recipient of an incentive by TriBro Studios designed to encourage productions helmed by women. The incentive program cuts fees in half, with the intention being to "encourage productions led by women in creative positions within the film and television industry," a measure designed to help close the industry's gender gap. To find out more, view the TriBro Studios press release.

WGC Launches Phase One, New Member Directory

The WGC is launching phase one of our significantly updated and improved WGC member directory. The new directory combines the animation and main directories, and will be the go-to place for Canadian and international producers seeking talented writers. Members are asked to update their profile in the NEW directory as soon as possible. What members need to know:

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