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 all screens.


Letter from WGC President Jill Golick re: Sexual Harassment in the Industry

Dear Writers,
 
Let me begin by acknowledging a fact that is no surprise to most women I know: There is sexual harassment in the Canadian film and television industry. 
 
The Writers Guild of Canada takes the matter seriously. At this time, the Guild has not received any complaints. Again, no surprise. Victims have had few incentives to come forward. We hope the climate is changing and writers who have suffered sexual harassment will begin to come forward without fear of retaliation. To prepare for this, the WGC Council will discuss this issue at our meeting in early December. I am available to any member who would like to discuss this issue prior to the council meeting. I welcome your input. Contact me at j.golick@wgc.ca.
 
The WGC is also collaborating with a pan-industry coalition to develop best workplace practices. For ideas on creating safer workplaces, please see the guidelines from Women in View, which are attached here.

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Writers Talking TV: Frankie Drake Mysteries

The WGC is pleased to present Frankie Drake Mysteries' co-creator Carol Hay and showrunner Cal Coons at Writers Talking TV in Toronto on Nov. 21, hosted by James Hurst. Frankie Drake Mysteries is a new CBC show that "follows Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s as she takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle." Writers Talking TV is a live, on-stage writer-to-writer interview, episode screening, and Q&A. WTTV is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to ensure you have a seat.  

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Nominations Open for WGC Screenwriting Awards

On April 30, 2018, the Writers Guild of Canada will hold the 22nd annual national awards honouring excellence in screenwriting: The WGC Screenwriting Awards. Nominations are now open. Members, login to nominate a script, and get full details here. This year's awards categories are as follows.


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Writers Talking TV in Vancouver: Brad Wright

The WGC is excited to announce that the next edition of Writers Talking TV takes place in Vancouver and features Travelers showrunner Brad Wright (also co-creator of  Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe). Host Sarah Dodd will talk with Brad about Travelers and about screenwriting craft in general. The event is free and open to the public as well as members, but we ask that attendees RSVP in order to reserve a seat. Full details follow.

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CRTC Calls for Comments

The CRTC is exploring "the future of audio and video programming in Canada," and is asking for comments from the publicThe background is this: when Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly made her "Creative Canada" announcement on Sept. 28 it included the government’s intention to review the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act. In light of that review, the federal government is seeking the CRTC’s views on how the broadcasting system is evolving, and the CRTC is in turn asking Canadians what they think. Members, find out more by logging on to the WGC website and reading the CRTC Consultation FAQ under the "policy" menu.
 

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NOVEMBER 29, 2017
  • Whistler Film Festival

NOVEMBER 29, 2017

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