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.

Writers Talking Feature Film: The F Word

The WGC's inaugural "Writers Talking Feature Film" event took place September 30, featuring Elan Mastai, writer of "The F Word,"  in conversation with Michael McGowan, writer of "Still Mine." The theatre was full, and an eager audience peppered Elan with questions after the screening. If you weren't able to attend, you will be able to hear the conversation podcast on the WGC website, as well as at iTunes -- details to come.

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Job Posting: Jury Members

Tthe WGC is looking for members to fill positions as jurors, in connection with the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. You can read a description of the jury member position here.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

Please note: We will also be looking for two workshop leaders and 16 mentors to work with the program starting in January, 2015. Stay tuned for details.

IAWG and World Screenwriters' Conference

The WGC meets with other writers’ organizations from around the world at the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) meetings in Warsaw, Poland, this week. The IAWG works to further the cause of screenwriters worldwide by lobbying efforts and “collective action, mutual support and common representation internationally.” The meetings are being held in conjunction with the World Conference of Screenwriters, attended by WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, WGC councillor Denis McGrath, and WGC member Peter Mohan, all of whom are participating in (and in some cases moderating) a range of screenwriting-related panels. For more information, have a look at the World Conference of Screenwriters website.

Watch WGC Writers in Action: Fan Expo Videos

The WGC was at Fan Expo Canada this year with three panels, now available on video at the WGC YouTube channel. Watch the following three panels for some expert advice and insights from WGC members.

Showrunners Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue), Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Daegan Fryklind (Bitten), with moderator James Hurst, talking about social media and fans: The Writers Room and Fan Power.

Rob Mills (Rufus The Dog), Jill Golick (Ruby Skye P.I.), JP Larocque (Gay Nerds), and moderator Stephanie Kaliner: How to Monetize a Web Series.

The Degrassi writers' room, led by showrunner Sarah Glinski, talk about the impact fans and social media have on the popular, long-running Canadian TV show: Spotlight on Degrassi.

WGC at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ben Joseph moderates a panel at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) on Wednesday, Sept. 17, called Keepin' It Canadian: Preserving Your Vision in Co-Productions. Ben and fellow WGC member Phil Ivanusic will represent the writers' perspective on the panel. The panel looks at how a writer can juggle some of the co-pro challenges, including how to maintain the core integrity of an idea when co-producers are involved, and how to best serve more than one broadcaster. See the OIAF website for full panel details.

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OCTOBER 1, 2014
  • World Conference of Screenwriters

OCTOBER 1, 2014

World Conference of Screenwriters

Taking place in Warsaw, Poland, the World Conference of Screenwriters takes as its focus the "golden age of television."

OCTOBER 6, 2014
  • Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Application Deadline, Western Canada

OCTOBER 6, 2014

Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Application Deadline, Western Canada

Today is the deadline for applicants to the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program (Western Canada).

OCTOBER 17, 2014
  • Memory & Myth: Transforming Personal History

OCTOBER 17, 2014

Memory & Myth: Transforming Personal History

WGC member Peter Behrens leads a workshop called Memory & Myth: Transforming Personal History.

OCTOBER 28, 2014
  • Innoversity Creative Summit

OCTOBER 28, 2014

Innoversity Creative Summit

Innoversity Creative Summit: For more than a decade, Innoversity Creative Summit has reached out to media industry leaders, and creators from a broad diversity of backgrounds and skills.

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