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.

Member Discount, Digital Media at the Crossroads

The third annual “Digital Media at the Crossroads” (“DM@X”) conference takes place at the University of Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The focus is on the future of content in digital media, and WGC members are offered the "creators rate." Topics include: "Strengthening Canadian Content Creation, Discovery and Export"; "How to Find and Measure Digital Content, Consumption and Dollars"; "Technological Disruption in the Digital Media," and "A Vision for the Future of Canadian Arts and Culture."

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2016 Earnings and Benefits Statement

Members, the WGC has posted year-end 2016 statements of earnings and benefits (current to Dec. 31, 2016) in the "Member Toolkit" section of the WGC website. The guild is still processing some working dues refunds for 2016, so some working dues paid amounts shown on your statement may change if you worked for a producer who deducted non-member dues and you are owed a refund. Final statements will be uploaded as soon as possible. If you do not see a statement for 2016 when you login it is likely because we do not have any earnings received for you in the 2016 calendar year. If you have any problems with your statement, or any questions, contact Terry Mark at as soon as possible. Tax receipts for working and annual dues will be posted at a later date.

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Sondra Kelly Award Accepting Applications

The 2017 Sondra Kelly Award is now accepting nominations. The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. This is the eighth year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), Cheryl Foggo (2013), Alison Lea Bingeman (2015), and Penny Gummerson (2016). More information and the entry form can be found here. Nominations close Feb. 24, 2017.

WGC Screenwriters Suite at Kidscreen

Members, if you're thinking of going to Kidscreen please note that the WGC has a great solution for your Kidscreen meetings needs: the WGC Screenwriters Suite. The suite will offer the possibility of three meetings running simultaneously per 15-minute block, and provide a place to relax in between meetings, and socialize over cocktails.

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Nominations Open for WGC Showrunner Award

Showrunners are the writers/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series, and the WGC Showrunner Award brings Canada’s best showrunners centre stage to be celebrated by their peers.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 WGC Showrunner Award, which will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017. Get more details and the nomination form here. Nominations close Feb. 3, 2017.

More Current News

Canadian Screenwriter fall 2016 is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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JANUARY 28, 2017
  • Digital Media at the Crossroads

JANUARY 28, 2017

Digital Media at the Crossroads

DM@X is annual conference on the future of content in digital media. WGC members are offered the "creators rate" if attending the conference.

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