Federal Budget Represents a Net Loss for Cultural Workers

Apr 18, 2024

With the release of Budget 2024, the federal government has again failed to deliver on specific and longstanding promises to repair the market for books and writing in Canada. “We are dismayed at having our concerns ignored,” said Danny Ramadan, Chair of The Writers’ Union of… Read More

Canadian writers and publishers urge government to increase the Canada Book Fund and Public Lending Right in Budget 2024

Apr 9, 2024

A coalition of Canadian writing and publishing organizations have sent the following public letter to Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, in advance of Budget 2024.  Ministers, We write… Read More

Canada’s Copyright Marketplace is Broken

Feb 29, 2024

Canadian copyright has been in market failure for over a decade now. Writers and publishers in this country have seen over $200 million in earned income from educational copying siphoned away from our small businesses, with no attendant benefit to students or teachers. A… Read More

Embattled Journalist Brandi Morin Wins Freedom to Read Award

Feb 22, 2024

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to announce that author and journalist Brandi Morin is the recipient of TWUC’s 2024 Freedom to Read Award. Morin is a writer of Cree, Iroquois, and French origin from Treaty 6 territories in Alberta. She has won multiple awards for… Read More

Writer Removed from Panel at Supreme Court of Canada

Feb 23, 2024

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is concerned that renowned Canadian poet, El Jones, and two other speakers were removed at the last moment from a presentation panel organized for law clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada. The website Rabble.ca reported (February 7, 2024)… Read More

In Memoriam — Brian Brett (1950–2024)

Feb 15, 2024

Brian Brett, former Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada (2005-06), died on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 in Vancouver. Here, he is remembered by his many friends in the Union. The Union asked author William Deverell to write a lead In Memoriam for his close friend, and several… Read More

The Book Industry Speaks Out on Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

Jan 15, 2024

As part of the ongoing public consultation on generative artificial intelligence and copyright, book industry associations are reminding the Canadian government of the crucial importance of regulating the responsible development of artificial intelligence and ensuring effective… Read More

TWUC Invites Submissions for the 2024 Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers

Dec 8, 2023

The Writers' Union of Canada invites submissions to its 31st annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers. Unpublished works of fiction and nonfiction up to 2,500 words in English are eligible, and writers may submit multiple entries. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the… Read More

Révision de la Loi sur le droit d’auteur

Nov 30, 2023

    Le milieu du livre sollicite une rencontre d’urgence avec les honorables ministres St-Onge et Champagne Le milieu canadien du livre se réjouit qu’un nouveau rapport de la Chambre des communes dévoilé la semaine dernière soutienne sa revendication que… Read More

Review of the Copyright Act

Nov 30, 2023

    The Book Industry Requests an Urgent Meeting with Honourable Ministers St-Onge and Champagne The Canadian book industry is pleased that a new report from the House of Commons, released last week, supports its claim that the Government of Canada should… Read More