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.

Telling Canadian Stories at the CRTC

WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, Vice-President Andrew Wreggitt, Policy Director Neal McDougall, and consultant Mario Mota presented to the CRTC on Nov. 30, as part of the English-language group licence renewals hearing. The hearing is key to the future of Canadian content programing in Canada. And the new video in our series, “Telling Canadian Stories, Telling CanadianS Stories” is a big part of that.

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The Facts About Canadian Audiences

Every journalist, and every person, for that matter, is entitled to an opinion. But it's dispiriting, to say the least, when a journalist publishes an opinion that is not backed by fact. On Nov. 28, 2016, Globe and Mail journalist Konrad Yakabuski published his opinions about the CBC, in a piece called The CBC Has Lost Its Way. He failed to back certain aspects of this piece with fact, as WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker points out in a letter to the editor, published by the Globe on Nov. 30. What follows is the complete, unedited version of the letter.

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Telling Canadian Stories: Simon Racioppa

The WGC is proud to present the second in our animated video series, “Telling Canadian Stories. Telling CanadianS Stories.” Simon Racioppa (Fangbone!, Spliced, Annedroids) is one of many highly-skilled Canadian screenwriters sharing their work with Canadian and international audiences. In this video Simon Racioppa talks about why our stories matter. We invite you to watch and share Simon’s story.

Telling Canadian Stories: Métis Screenwriter Penny Gummerson

First, we invite you to watch this video — we think as a fellow Canadian you will be moved. It's all about telling Canadian stories. And telling Canadians stories, stories that travel the world. Canadian screenwriters are among the best. They’re the only creators who reflect a Canadian perspective for audiences at home and around the globe — on all screens. The WGC is proud to present the first in a short series of animated videos featuring Canadian screenwriters sharing personal anecdotes. You’ll find out why they’re passionate about what they do, and where they live. First, Penny Gummerson, award-winning Métis screenwriter (Strange Empire, Arctic Air, Heartland, Moccasin Flats) tells her story. Please watch, and share.

Call for Entries: 21st WGC Screenwriting Awards

Members, it's time to submit your scripts for the 21st annual WGC Screenwriting Awards! Login to the members' website to nominate a script, and get full details on the 2017 Awards Nominations page. This year the special awards include the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, the Showrunner Award, and the Sondra Kelly Award. There's also a new awards category, "Best Script from a Rookie Series." The complete category list is as follows.

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DECEMBER 6, 2016
  • WGC Holiday Party in Montreal

DECEMBER 6, 2016

WGC Holiday Party in Montreal

WGC holiday party at the Mayfair in Montreal, 5-7 p.m. Members and invited guests are welcome to attend.

DECEMBER 8, 2016
  • WGC Holiday Party in Toronto

DECEMBER 8, 2016

WGC Holiday Party in Toronto

WGC Holiday party, The Raq, Toronto. 7:30 p.m. Members and invited guests are welcome to attend.

DECEMBER 12, 2016
  • WGC Holiday Party in Vancouver

DECEMBER 12, 2016

WGC Holiday Party in Vancouver

WGC Holiday Party in Vancouver, Shebeen Whiskey House, 212 Carrall St. (7-10 p.m.) Members and invited guests are welcome to attend.

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