Don Harron 1924-2015
January 19, 2015
Don Harron, best known by the comic alter ego he created, Charlie Farquharson, and for helping to bring the classic Canadian children's novel, Anne of Green Gables, to the stage, has died. Don Harron was famous as a performer, but he was also a writer, and a member of the Writers Guild of Canada. To learn more about Don Harron's life and career, please see the obituary at CBC.ca.
WGC Members Shine in CSA Nominations
January 13, 2015
The Canadian Screen Awards nominations were announced today, and WGC members lead the way. In terms of numbers, Orphan Black received the most nominations for the second year in a row (13), followed by a tie between 19-2, Call Me Fitz, and Mr. D., each with 10 nominations. You can see all of the nominations on the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's website. Please read more to see the complete list of nominations in the writing categories.
Remembering James Golick
January 16, 2015
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of James Golick in December. James was WGC President Jill Golick’s son: a talented, passionate man whose life had, and continues to have, an impact on many. You can learn more about his life in Jill’s own, wonderful tribute: The Adventurous Life of James Golick. And to honour his memory, please consider contributing to the James Golick Grant for Women in Computology.
January 9, 2015
Our Writer-to-Writer welcome program for new members, launched in the fall of 2013, has been a success. The program was created to provide new members with important information about the guild, and to give them access to an experienced writer for insight into both craft and the industry. So a big thanks to the following members who have volunteered to give valuable time through the Writer-to-Writer initiative.
Nominations Open for Leslie Yeo Award for Volunteerism
January 9, 2015
AFBS is looking for nominations for this year’s Leslie Yeo Award for Volunteerism. It’s an award of $5000 granted to a past or current AFBS member who has made an “exceptional, non-financial, voluntary contribution of time or talent to the Canadian artistic community.” Full details can be found here. Deadline for nominations is Sunday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. EST.
Statement on Charlie Hebdo Attack
January 8, 2015
The Writers Guild of Canada joins with other writers' guilds around the world in speaking out about the shocking events that took place at the offices of the satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France. As the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe says, "As screenwriters we are shocked by this assault on our freedom to speak our minds, our freedom to create." Read the complete FSE statement here.
Nominations Open, 2015 WGC Showrunner Award
January 6, 2015
Nominations are now open for the 9th annual WGC Showrunner Award. Help celebrate the country’s best showrunners by nominating a visionary Canadian showrunner for this year’s award, which will be presented April 27, 2015 at the WGC Screenwriting Awards.
A jury of peers will select the award recipient; the deadline is March 10, 2015. Entries may be submitted by mail, email (email@example.com) or fax (416-979-9273). You'll find full details on eligibility and the nomination form here.
Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter Finalists
December 10, 2014
The fifth and final year of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program is well underway, and we are pleased to present the newest participants, representing western Canada: Devjot (Dave) Bath, Karin Lee and Nisha Shankar. Congratulations, all.
Skilled Interns Available
December 10, 2014
For showrunners in search of skilled, TV-ready interns, the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program presents a great opportunity. The internship winners in our program have undergone intense training in TV writing, and are highly-motivated to succeed. The placement is also production-friendly as the cost and administrative responsibility are entirely covered by the program.
If you’re interested in including one of our interns on your team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Burt Prize Nominations Welcome
December 9, 2014
The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform screenwriting talent. It does so by awarding development support to an exceptionally promising unproduced longform screenplay, one which tells a Canadian story.
The winner, announced at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 27, 2015, will be presented with a total prize worth $3,500. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and $2,000 will be allotted for an experienced story editor of the jury’s choosing in order to further develop their script.
Deadline for entries: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. EST