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.

Writers Talking TV: Pure, with Michael Amo

The WGC is pleased to announce that Michael Amo, showrunner of the critically acclaimed new six-part series Pure, is the featured guest at Writers Talking TV on Feb. 9, 2017. Pure, broadcast on CBC, is based on the true story of the so-called "Menno mob," Mennonites involved in the drug trade. Writers Talking TV is free and open to members of the public, but RSVP to reserve a spot. 

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Congratulations to Members Nominated for CSAs

Congratulations to WGC members nominated for this year's Canadian Screen Awards! The guild is very proud of the work of its members, and pleased to see so many of our members nominated in the following writing categories. 

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Member Discount, Digital Media at the Crossroads

The third annual “Digital Media at the Crossroads” (“DM@X”) conference takes place at the University of Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The focus is on the future of content in digital media, and WGC members are offered the "creators rate." Topics include: "Strengthening Canadian Content Creation, Discovery and Export"; "How to Find and Measure Digital Content, Consumption and Dollars"; "Technological Disruption in the Digital Media," and "A Vision for the Future of Canadian Arts and Culture."

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2016 Earnings and Benefits Statement

Members, the WGC has posted year-end 2016 statements of earnings and benefits (current to Dec. 31, 2016) in the "Member Toolkit" section of the WGC website. The guild is still processing some working dues refunds for 2016, so some working dues paid amounts shown on your statement may change if you worked for a producer who deducted non-member dues and you are owed a refund. Final statements will be uploaded as soon as possible. If you do not see a statement for 2016 when you login it is likely because we do not have any earnings received for you in the 2016 calendar year. If you have any problems with your statement, or any questions, contact Terry Mark at as soon as possible. Tax receipts for working and annual dues will be posted at a later date.

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Sondra Kelly Award Accepting Applications

The 2017 Sondra Kelly Award is now accepting nominations. The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. This is the eighth year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), Cheryl Foggo (2013), Alison Lea Bingeman (2015), and Penny Gummerson (2016). More information and the entry form can be found here. Nominations close Feb. 24, 2017.

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JANUARY 28, 2017
  • Digital Media at the Crossroads

JANUARY 28, 2017

Digital Media at the Crossroads

DM@X is annual conference on the future of content in digital media. WGC members are offered the "creators rate" if attending the conference.

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