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Letter to Writers from WGC President Jill Golick

November 21, 2017

Dear Writers,
 
Let me begin by acknowledging a fact that is no surprise to most women I know: There is sexual harassment in the Canadian film and television industry. 
 
The Writers Guild of Canada takes the matter seriously. At this time, the Guild has not received any complaints. Again, no surprise. Victims have had few incentives to come forward. We hope the climate is changing and writers who have suffered sexual harassment will begin to come forward without fear of retaliation. To prepare for this, the WGC Council will discuss this issue at our meeting in early December. I am available to any member who would like to discuss this issue prior to the council meeting. I welcome your input. Contact me at j.golick@wgc.ca.
 
The WGC is also collaborating with a pan-industry coalition to develop best workplace practices. For ideas on creating safer workplaces, please see the guidelines from Women in View, which are attached here.

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Awards Nominations Deadline Extended to Dec. 3

November 30, 2017

We know members are busy and for some the weekend offers more free time. Consequently, the deadline to nominate a script for the WGC Screenwriting Awards is extended until Sunday Dec. 3 at 11:59 EST. So, if you haven't had time (or are simply struck with last minute-itis) now you have a bonus weekend to get your nominations in! You'll find full details on how to enter a script here


Writers Talking TV: Frankie Drake Mysteries

November 3, 2017

The WGC is pleased to present Frankie Drake Mysteries' co-creator Carol Hay and showrunner Cal Coons at Writers Talking TV in Toronto on Nov. 21, hosted by James Hurst. Frankie Drake Mysteries is a new CBC show that "follows Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s as she takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle." Writers Talking TV is a live, on-stage writer-to-writer interview, episode screening, and Q&A. WTTV is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to ensure you have a seat.  

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Nominations Open for WGC Screenwriting Awards

October 12, 2017

On April 30, 2018, the Writers Guild of Canada will hold the 22nd annual national awards honouring excellence in screenwriting: The WGC Screenwriting Awards. Nominations are now open. Members, login to nominate a script, and get full details here. This year's awards categories are as follows.


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Writers Talking TV in Vancouver: Brad Wright

October 20, 2017

The WGC is excited to announce that the next edition of Writers Talking TV takes place in Vancouver and features Travelers showrunner Brad Wright (also co-creator of  Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe). Host Sarah Dodd will talk with Brad about Travelers and about screenwriting craft in general. The event is free and open to the public as well as members, but we ask that attendees RSVP in order to reserve a seat. Full details follow.

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CRTC Calls for Comments

October 20, 2017

The CRTC is exploring "the future of audio and video programming in Canada," and is asking for comments from the publicThe background is this: when Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly made her "Creative Canada" announcement on Sept. 28 it included the government’s intention to review the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act. In light of that review, the federal government is seeking the CRTC’s views on how the broadcasting system is evolving, and the CRTC is in turn asking Canadians what they think. Members, find out more by logging on to the WGC website and reading the CRTC Consultation FAQ under the "policy" menu.
 

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WGC Fan Expo Panel: Ghost Wars

October 20, 2017

The WGC presents a panel discussion at this year's Fan Expo in Vancouver, "Ghost Wars: Secrets from the TV Writers' Room." Ghost Wars is the latest series from Simon Barry (Continuum, Van Helsing). Join the Ghost Wars writing team on Nov. 11 as they take you inside the writers' room and behind the scenes to reveal what makes the show and Canadian sci-fi so great. 


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WGC at Kidscreen 2018

October 23, 2017

The Kidscreen Summit is coming up Feb. 12-15, 2018, and the WGC will be there again to support our writers attending. Last year the WGC hosted a “Screenwriters’ Suite,” where members (and industry colleagues) had meetings, enjoyed some downtime (and the cocktail hour). 

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Seeking Judges for WGC Screenwriting Awards

October 18, 2017

The WGC is seeking volunteer judges for the 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. Experienced WGC members are welcome to apply by emailing awards@wgc.ca with the subject WGC Awards Judges.

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International Affiliation of Writers Guilds' Resolution re: NAFTA Cultural Exception

October 12, 2017

The WGC is at the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds annual meeting, this year held in Los Angeles. In the context of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the members of the IAWG  took advantage of their Annual General Meeting to reassert the importance of Cultural Exception. Please click here to read the resolution.




Canadian Screenwriter fall 2017 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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