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Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

March 8, 2018

On November 23, 2017, the screen-based industry released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence, and established working groups to explore the development of a code of conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. The WGC is proud to be part of this pan-industry movement, and to have contributed to the code of conduct, a first step in achieving these goals. You can read the code of conduct here.


Announcing WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists

February 26, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 22nd annual  WGC Screenwriting Awards. The awards celebrate Canadian screenwriters and the scripts they write in a gala evening hosted by Gavin Crawford, writer, comedian, and host of CBC Radio’s Because News. Gavin’s long-time accomplice, screenwriter Kyle Tingley, is this year’s awards show writer. This year's awards are held on April 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Please continue reading to see the complete list of finalists. Many thanks to our generous sponsors. And congratulations to our finalists!


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WGC Council and National Forum Election Update

February 22, 2018

Elections are now closed for Central region council positions for the May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020 term and national writers forum delegate positions for Pacific, Central and Quebec regions for the April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020 term. All other positions were elected by acclamation after the close of the election nomination process on Monday, Feb. 19. WGC members please login for complete election details.


March 1 Deadline: WGC Special Awards

February 20, 2018

Members, have you worked with a showrunner who deserves recognition? Or had a mentor you'd like to acknowledge? Are you a mid-career woman screenwriter hoping to advance a project? If the answer to any of the above is yes, make sure to check out the WGC special awards. And note, the deadline for nominations is March 1. All three special awards will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards gala on April 30, 2018. 

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Federal Budget Supports Canadian Content Creation

February 28, 2018

The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased by the significant news for screenwriters and the entire screen-based entertainment industry announced in yesterday’s federal budget: A commitment of new funding for the Canada Media Fund (CMF) intended to stabilize the fund over the next five years. Read the press release here.

WGC Supports Women in View Education Tool

February 2, 2018

The WGC supports a new free education tool called MediaPLUS+ launched by the national not-for-profit organization Women in View. The new initiative is aimed to strengthen gender and racial equality in the media industry, both on and off the screen. A number of WGC members are featured in the booklet including Marsha Greene, Laura Azzopardi, Morwyn Brebner, Tara Armstrong, Nathalie Younglai, Amy Cameron, Noelle Carbone, Tracey Deer, Christin Simms, J.J. Johnson, Samantha Wan, Carolyn Taylor, Jennifer Whalen, Aurora Browne, Meredith MacNeill, and Michelle Latimer. Our member Ellen Vanstone is the writer of MediaPLUS+. You can download the booklet here.

WGC Diversity Script of the Month

January 30, 2018

The diversity committee of the Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to announce its first initiative. The "WGC Diversity Script of the Month" is a new program that will give WGC members with diverse backgrounds the chance to have their scripts read by industry leaders with real decision-making power. Get more details and application forms here


Screenwriters and Workplace Sexual Harassment

January 29, 2018

WGC President Jill Golick, in collaboration with the Guild, invites screenwriters to anonymously submit experiences of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. The goal is to create a book of stories so that these experiences will not be lost (because for too long such experiences have only been whispered about privately.) To find out more please click here.

Broadcasters Must Step Up

January 29, 2018

Last summer WGC members fought alongside the Guild to have a flawed CRTC decision re: private broadcasters' minimum spending on Canadian programs sent back to the Commission for reconsideration — and met with success. And during the current CRTC license reconsideration the WGC argues that broadcasters must step up, not step away, from PNI.


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Writers Talking TV: Showrunner Smith Corindia

January 8, 2018

The WGC's first "Writers Talking TV" of 2018 features Hard Rock Medical co-showrunner Smith Corindia in conversation with Patrick Tarr, showrunner of Cardinal season three. The critically acclaimed show, broadcast on TVO and APTN, is the story of a diverse group of medical students navigating their way through an offbeat medical training program in Northern Ontario.

Writers Talking TV is a live on-stage writer-to-writer interview, episode screening, and audience Q&A; a great resource for screenwriters and anyone interested in screenwriting. 

WHEN: Feb. 1, 2018, 7 p.m.
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto
RSVP: Writers Talking TV is free and open to the public, but please reserve a ticket in advance. Email Elizabeth Ingold, e.ingold@wgc.ca.

@hardrocktv @WGCtweet #HardRockMedical #WritersTalkTV


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Canadian Screenwriter spring 2018 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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APRIL 30, 2018
  • WGC Screenwriting Awards

APRIL 30, 2018

WGC Screenwriting Awards

The 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards honouring excellence in Canadian screenwriting, hosted by the Writers Guild of Canada. 

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