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Groups - Canada National


Here are selected links to national writers' groups in Canada. Some of these groups may have provincial branches as well. But they are only listed here.
  • Canadian Authors - this group has been around since 1921 helping Canadian writers. They sponsor conferences, awards and other events. See website for details.
  • Canadian Children's Book Centre - is "dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating and publishing of Canadian books for young readers."
  • Canadian Literature Centre - promotes "the strength and diversity of Canada's written culture". They sponsor a variety of events. Based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
  • Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers - "supports and promotes children's literature through online forums, newsletters, workshops, meetings and other information programs for authors, illustrators, performers, parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and others".
  • Canadian Writers' Foundation - a charitable organization dedicated to helping struggling writers when they fall on hard times. The group was founded in 1931 and Pierre Berton served on the board for more than thirty years.
  • Crime Writers of Canada - a professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada, the organization sponsors a number of awards (the Arthur Ellis Awards, named after Canada's last hangman) and publishes the newsletter Crime Beat (which appears to be free).
  • InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship - this group focuses on encouraging and supporting Christian writers across Canada.
  • League of Canadian Poets - is the professional organization for established and emerging  Canadian poets. Membership fees range from $30 for students to $185 for full membership (must be a published poet for full membership).
  • Meetup - Meetup is a fantastic website if you want to join a group of people with similar interests. For writers groups in your area, simply click on the link, change the distance and location in the search bar to your specifications (e.g. within 50 miles of Toronto), type writers or writing into the search bar and click the magnifying glass icon.
  • Outdoor Writers of Canada - a national organization of writers specializing in writing about nature and the great outdoors.
  • PEN Canada - PEN Canada is an advocacy group promoting free expression and opposing censorship. It also advocates on behalf of writers in other countries who face persecution, imprisonment and torture. Membership is $75 a year. $25 for students.
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - a national group dedicated to Canadian playwrights and plays.
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada - this organization serves Canadian non-fiction freelance writers. Be sure to check out the link under their resources tab on what non-fiction writers can expect to be paid for their work.
  • Songwriters Association of Canada - for those who like to put their words to music, check out this group.
  • Writers Beyond Borders - provides support for multilingual and immigrant writers in Canada. The group also has a blog. The group is based in Edmonton.
  • Writers' Guild of Canada - the Writers' Guild represents more than 2100 professional Englis-language screenwriters across Canada.
  • Writers' Union of Canada - this organization works with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. To join, you must be a published writer. Annual membership is $205 ($100 for new members). Besides advocating for Canadian writers, the group also conducts workshops and publishes a quarterly magazine.


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