selected links to national writers' groups in Canada. Some of these
groups may have provincial branches as well. But they are only
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
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.
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).
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 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
- 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.
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
blog. The group is based in Edmonton.
Writers' Guild of Canada - the Writers' Guild represents
more than 2100 professional Englis-language screenwriters across
- 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.