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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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CMF Google Canada 150 Project

January 31, 2017

Following Telefilm’s unveiling of plans to promote Canadian films that are already on iTunes for Canada’s 150th birthday, the CMF has announced its intention to offer Canadian programming on a dedicated YouTube channel, in a partnership with Google Canada, also to celebrate the 150th. You can read the release about the CMF/Google project here.

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WGA Statement on Muslim Ban

January 31, 2017

The Writers Guild of Canada would like to share the following joint statement from Michael Winship, President, Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), and Howard A. Rodman, President, Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) regarding the Muslim ban, as well as a statement of solidarity with Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.

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Congratulations to Members Nominated for CSAs

January 17, 2017

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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Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize Accepting Entries

October 17, 2016

The call for entries for the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize is now open to both WGC members and non-members. Entrants must be Canadian citizens residing in Canada, and possess a writing credit on a produced drama (including shorts) or webseries. Screenplay entries must be unproduced longform, feature-length screenplays; an original work of the applicant and not based, in whole or part, on another author’s work; and not be under option prior to, or during, the competition.To see further entry criteria, and to access the entry form please click here. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Telling Canadian Stories at the CRTC

November 30, 2016

WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, Vice-President Andrew Wreggitt, Policy Director Neal McDougall, and consultant Mario Mota presented to the CRTC on Nov. 30, as part of the English-language group licence renewals hearing. (You can read a transcript of the WGC's appearance here, starting at line 4800.) The hearing is key to the future of Canadian content programing in Canada. And the new video in our series, “Telling Canadian Stories, Telling CanadianS Stories” is a big part of that.

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The Facts About Canadian Audiences

November 30, 2016

Every journalist, and every person, for that matter, is entitled to an opinion. But it's dispiriting, to say the least, when a journalist publishes an opinion that is not backed by fact. On Nov. 28, 2016, Globe and Mail journalist Konrad Yakabuski published his opinions about the CBC, in a piece called The CBC Has Lost Its Way. He failed to back certain aspects of this piece with fact, as WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker points out in a letter to the editor, published by the Globe on Nov. 30. What follows is the complete, unedited version of the letter.

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Telling Canadian Stories: Simon Racioppa

November 28, 2016

The WGC is proud to present the second in our animated video series, “Telling Canadian Stories. Telling CanadianS Stories.” Simon Racioppa (Fangbone!, Spliced, Annedroids) is one of many highly-skilled Canadian screenwriters sharing their work with Canadian and international audiences. In this video Simon Racioppa talks about why our stories matter. We invite you to watch and share Simon’s story.

Telling Canadian Stories: Métis Screenwriter Penny Gummerson

November 24, 2016

First, we invite you to watch this video — we think as a fellow Canadian you will be moved. It's all about telling Canadian stories. And telling Canadians stories, stories that travel the world. Canadian screenwriters are among the best. They’re the only creators who reflect a Canadian perspective for audiences at home and around the globe — on all screens. The WGC is proud to present the first in a short series of animated videos featuring Canadian screenwriters sharing personal anecdotes. You’ll find out why they’re passionate about what they do, and where they live. First, Penny Gummerson, award-winning Métis screenwriter (Strange Empire, Arctic Air, Heartland, Moccasin Flats) tells her story. Please watch, and share.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2017
  • Sondra Kelly Award Nominations Close

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Sondra Kelly Award Nominations Close

Sondra Kelly Award nominations close. Winner will be announced on April 24 at the WGC Screenwriting Awards.

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