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Can Con in a Digital World Report

March 14, 2017

The government has released a report on what it heard during the "Canadian Content in a Digital World" consultation launched last fall by Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. The report (prepared by Ipsos Public Affairs, a research and consulting firm) does not provide statements of policy or intent by the minister or the department. The report is a "synthesis" of feedback collected by Ipsos on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage. (Via the online portal, in-person events etc.) You can read the full consultation report here

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The 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists

February 16, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce this year's WGC Screenwriting Awards finalists. The 21st annual awards also mark the return of a talented duo: Awards host, Laurie Elliott, and awards show writer, Terry McGurrin. The winners of the 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards will be announced at a gala event on Monday, April 24 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. (Ticket information coming soon.) Congratulations to all of our finalists! And thanks to our generous sponsors.

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WGC Member AFBS Insurance Renewal

February 27, 2017

Every March 1, members' Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) insurance coverage is re-set, or "renewed," based on previous years' earnings. The more members work on contracts in the WGC jurisdiction, the more engagers contribute to members' insurance accounts. This helps cover the cost of AFBS Members' Insurance Program benefits. Members, you may have accumulated a balance in your insurance account, but as your earnings can change each year, your coverage also may have changed. The deadline to take advantage of options related to insurance renewal is March 31, 2017. Please login to your account at or go to this public link for more information.

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Jack Gray (1927-2017)

February 24, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is saddened to share the news that Jack Gray, who was the driving force leading to the creation of the WGC in 1991, has died. Jack committed 25 years of his life to working on behalf of Canadian screenwriters. He was the first writer-president of ACTRA, serving two terms from 1978-81, and was the last chair of the ACTRA National Writers Council. 

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Sondra Kelly Award for Women Screenwriters

January 9, 2017

The 2017 Sondra Kelly Award deadline has been extended to March 3, 2017. The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. More information and the entry form can be found here.

Listen to the Writers Talking TV "Pure" Podcast

February 13, 2017

The podcast is now available from the most recent edition of the WGC's Writers Talking TV series. Hear Michael Amo, showrunner of the critically acclaimed six-part series Pure, in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. Pure is based on the true story of the "Menno mob," Mennonites involved in the drug trade. Michael and Cal talk about the challenges of writing a show about such sensitive material, as well as the long and winding road it took to get Pure on the air. Listen here.

WGC Showrunner Award

December 19, 2016

Showrunners are the writers/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series, and the WGC Showrunner Award brings Canada’s best showrunners centre stage to be celebrated by their peers.

Nominations closed Feb. 17, 2017 for this year's WGC Showrunner Award, which will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017. You'll find full details here

WGC Screenwriters Suite at Kidscreen

December 15, 2016

Members, if you're at Kidscreen please note that the WGC has a great solution for your Kidscreen meetings needs: the WGC Screenwriters Suite. The suite offers the possibility of three meetings running simultaneously per 15-minute block, and provides a place to relax in between meetings, and socialize over cocktails.

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Master Class with Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland

January 30, 2017

The Toronto Black Film Festival presents "Master Class: Jennifer Holness & Sudz Sutherland." Jennifer and Sudz, WGC members and showrunners of Shoot the Messenger, will speak to the audience about "their journey in the film/TV industry" and the "obstacles they had to overcome, what keeps them going and their secret for success." The event takes place on Feb. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto. For more details, please to to the Toronto Black Film Festival website. 

Writers Talking TV: Pure, with Michael Amo

January 18, 2017

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

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