Funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Union’s Writers-in-the-Schools program provides funding for author appearances in Ontario’s schools. This program allows students and authors to connect while providing an honorarium to the author for their time. Please read the information below carefully before applying.

Information for Authors

Members of The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) apply directly for funding for school presentations. Participating authors will deliver a presentation for in-person or virtual classroom use.
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Information for Schools

Schools do not apply directly to this program. Teachers who wish to host a virtual author presentation must contact the requested author and ask them to apply for funding through this program. Information about participating authors and how to contact them can be found below.

Writers-in-the-Schools Across Canada

Click here for information about similar programs that cater to schools outside of Ontario.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Authors participating in this program must be members of the Union. Each member is eligible for up to four visits for the 2023 fiscal year (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024). 

Each school is eligible for three virtual presentations for the fiscal year (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024). Funding from the Ontario Arts Council supports virtual presentations for elementary and secondary schools in Ontario. Post-secondary institutions are not eligible.

Please note: Applications usually exceed available funding and it may not be possible to fund all applications. Do not submit more applications than you are eligible for. 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Participating authors will deliver an in-person or virtual presentation (with audio and video) as agreed upon with the teacher.

The Union pays the author’s fee of $300 per school presentation. A school visit is considered 1-2 hours of professional time for an author, presentation time included.

When applying for funding, authors must have an arrangement with the school to participate in the program but are not required to have an exact date confirmed in advance.

 

INFORMATION FOR CONTACTING AUTHORS

There are two ways for schools to contact authors:

  • Use the list of participating authors to check the author’s profile for an email address.
  • Send an email to the author care of The Writers’ Union of Canada to info@writersunion.ca.

Please note that author contact information is intended for the purposes of booking only. Please respect authors’ privacy. 

AUTHOR FUNDING

TWUC members apply directly for funding for school presentations. The Union pays the author’s fee of $300 per school presentation. A school visit is considered 1-2 hours of professional time for an author, presentation time included.

Participating authors will be required to complete an online Final Report that includes the date of the presentation to the school and the number of students who attended the presentation.

Fees are paid directly to the author following the successful completion of the presentation and receipt of the author’s Final Report.

Please note that funding for this program is non-transferable, due to large demand on the Union's funding programs.

TRAVEL

Travel reimbursement is available for readings taking place more than 100km from the author's home to a maximum of $100. TWUC's travel contribution is capped in order to maximize the number of readings available for members.

If you are planning a visit to a northern or remote school in person and you are seeking additional travel reimbursement, please contact soconnor@writersunion.ca to discuss. 

EQUITY INITIATIVE

As part of the Union’s Equity Implementation Plan, applications from authors who are Black, Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQI2S, or living with a disability will be prioritized. To ensure your application is prioritized, submit by the appropriate session deadline.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Author presentations should acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada. Click here to access logos.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are now open for school presentations taking place between April 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023.

DEADLINE: February 20, 2023.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information contact soconnor@writersunion.ca.
 

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.

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Tips for Authors

For virtual presentations, authors should consult with the teacher about what format will work for their classroom, including any privacy or online security considerations. Advance discussions will ensure the best virtual presentation for each classroom.