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Applications Open: Diverse Screenwriters Program

July 10, 2015

After five years, nearly 70 graduates, and nine internship placements, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program has launched its final call for applicants. It's an excellent opportunity for professional development, and many of the participants have gone on to impressive careers. Also, nine participants to date have had paid internships on shows including 19-2, Bitten, Degrassi, The Listener, and Motive, as well as the CBC’s Mr. D. Get all the details here.

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Member Statements for 2015 Second Quarter

July 10, 2015

Members, your statements of earnings and benefits for the second quarter of 2015 are now available online. Your statement provides you with information about all working dues and insurance and retirement payments received and processed by the WGC from Jan. 1-June 30 2015.  Please have a look at your statement and report any missing income to Terry Mark as soon as possible. You can view, download and/or print your statement by logging on to the website and selecting the "Get Your Statements and Tax Receipts" option from the Member Toolkit red button on the left side of the member home page.

WTTV "The Next Step" Podcast

July 8, 2015

If you weren't able to attend Writers Talking TV: The Next Step, now you can listen to the podcast. This edition of the WGC's ongoing series focuses on writing TV for a young generation, with Frank van Keeken, creator of the popular show, The Next Step. Host, fellow screenwriter Nicole Demerse, talks with Frank about his approach to writing for kids, and the audience gets a chance to ask their questions. Listen at Writers Talking TV, or at iTunes.

Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill

July 10, 2015

Conservative senators overruled their own Speaker and broke with procedure to push through Bill C-377 late last month. C-377 will require every “labour organization” to make public detailed information on its spending, including every expense over $5,000. Unions are generally already required to furnish financial information to their membership, but C-377 would make union finances available to the public, which includes to those they bargain with, putting them at a significant strategic disadvantage.

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"Sprint for Your Script" Contest

June 17, 2015

Quebec writers are invited to submit their scripts to the 2015 edition of "Sprint for Your Script." This year the theme of the competition is fantasy. Horror, zombie, science fiction, magical realism etc. entries are all welcome. "Sprint for Your Script" is a good opportunity for professional development, involving mentorships and workshops for finalists.

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Writers Talking TV: The Next Step

June 15, 2015

Writers Talking TV focuses on writing TV for a young generation, with Frank van Keeken, creator of the popular show, The Next Step. The evening begins with a screening of an episode, followed by an interview by WTTV host Nicole Demerse, and an audience Q&A.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox
When: June 30, 7:30 p.m.
Free, and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Elaine Jacob to reserve your seat.

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CSARN seeks mentors

June 25, 2015

The Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network seeks senior artists willing to share their experience and skills, as well as mentees needing some insight into how to advance their careers. CSARN is launching the fourth round of its  mentorship program in Ontario, and is looking for both mentors and mentees. While the service is free, mentors (60+) are paid, and mentees are reimbursed for expenses. Full details are available on the CSARN website. The deadline for applications is coming up fast, on July 1.

WGC Screenwriters Win at Leo Awards

June 15, 2015

Congratulations to all the WGC members whose work was honoured at the Leo Awards in Vancouver over the weekend. And a special congratulatory note to those members who won screenwriting-specific awards, as follows. To view the complete list of winners, go to the Leo Awards website.

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Kudos to BMDSP Mentors

June 11, 2015

WGC members continue to step forward to mentor emerging writers through the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter program. Writers are matched based on the genre of the mentee’s original concept, and the mentees will work with their mentors to develop that concept, along with a portfolio of related materials. One participant from each session will be selected for a Bell Media writers’ room internship, an exciting goal for both mentors and mentees. Please continue reading to see our mentor-mentee teams.

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Seeking WGC Members for Script Read

June 11, 2015

The 13th annual Female Eye Film Festival is seeking seasoned screenwriters to participate in script readings on June 20 and 21, for the purpose of giving feedback to the writers whose scripts are being read. If you are interested, contact Li Robbins ( for details.


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