Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.

Reminder: Nominations Open for WGC Awards

A reminder to WGC members that it's time to nominate scripts for the 19th annual national WGC Screenwriting Awards. The awards take place on April 27, 2015; the awards categories are as follows. You can get the full details on the members' website at current awards 2015. So log on and nominate a script today!
• Animation (non primetime)
• Children & Youth (live action, non primetime)
• Documentary
• Movies and Miniseries
• Shorts and Web Series
• TV Comedy (includes primetime animation)
• TV Drama


Nominations Sought, Jim Burt Prize

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform screenwriting talent. It does so by awarding development support to an exceptionally promising unproduced longform screenplay, one which tells a Canadian story.

The winner, announced at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 27, 2015, will be presented with a total prize worth $3,500. The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and $2,000 will be allotted for an experienced story editor of the jury’s choosing in order to further develop their script.  

Deadline for entries: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. EST

Click here for eligibility info and nomination form.

Tassie Cameron, Margaret Collier Award Recipient

Tassie Cameron, Gemini Award-winning screenwriter, has been named as the recipient of this year's Margaret Collier Award, to be presented during the 2015 Canadian Screen Week (Feb. 23-March 1, 2015). The Margaret Collier Award is given to a  writer for "a body of work in Canadian film and/or television, or for significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian film and/or television."

Tassie has written a wide range of television, and is currently co-creator, showrunner and executive producer of the hit series, Rookie Blue. Its sixth season begins airing on Global and ABC in the summer of 2015. Congratulations, Tassie, on recognition that is well-deserved!

WGC at Reel Asian

WGC member Sadiya Durrani and Deanna Cadette, the WGC's policy analyst and director of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program, will be taking part in a panel called "Diversity and Canadian Media" on Nov. 7, 2014 as part of the Reel Asian International Film Festival. The panel will address this question, among others: "With American TV networks embracing diverse stories and casting, where does the Canadian entertainment industry stand?" You can find out more at the Reel Asian website.

Factual TV Writers' Mixer

Vancouver-based factual television writers are invited to mix and mingle with writer colleagues at an event that is open to both WGC members and non-members. Please click on "read more" for full details.


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