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.


Remembering Jack Gray (1927-2017)

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) is saddened to share the news that Jack Gray, who was the driving force leading to the creation of the WGC in 1991, has died. Jack committed 25 years of his life to working on behalf of Canadian screenwriters. He was the first writer-president of ACTRA, serving two terms from 1978-81, and was the last chair of the ACTRA National Writers Council. 

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Sondra Kelly Award for Women Screenwriters

The 2017 Sondra Kelly Award deadline has been extended to March 3, 2017. The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. More information and the entry form can be found here.


Listen to the Writers Talking TV "Pure" Podcast

The podcast is now available from the most recent edition of the WGC's Writers Talking TV series. Hear Michael Amo, showrunner of the critically acclaimed six-part series Pure, in conversation with fellow screenwriter Cal Coons. Pure is based on the true story of the "Menno mob," Mennonites involved in the drug trade. Michael and Cal talk about the challenges of writing a show about such sensitive material, as well as the long and winding road it took to get Pure on the air. Listen here.


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 closed Feb. 17, 2017 for this year's WGC Showrunner Award, which will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017. You'll find full details here


WGC Screenwriters Suite at Kidscreen

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


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

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