Links of Interest to Writers
The 49th Shelf Fuelled by the largest collection of Canadian books ever assembled, The 49th Shelf makes it easier to discover your next great Canadian read, including Read Local: The 100-Mile Book Diet where you can find books connected to places across Canada, and add your favourites, too. This interactive, intimate virtual library is stocked with Canadian books by authors both world-renowned and up-and-coming, writing in every genre. It is also a community of avid readers who share the books on the site by making reading lists and book recommendations. Find books you’ll never forget, meet people whose lists and reviews you’ll admire, and learn more about the authors who intrigue you.
A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem
A uniquely Canadian guide to the techniques and vision for creating effective poems, illustrated by the work of over 60 of our nation's talented poets.
Access Copyright (access ©)
The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (formerly Can©opy and incorporating The Electronic Rights Licensing Agency) offering legal protection and payment for registered Canadian writers whose published works have been reproduced by photocopying or other means.
Advice on How to Sell Poetry
An excellent primer by Canadian poet Neile Graham on preparing poems, finding markets, submitting to magazines and chapbook and book publishers, publication, payment, and writer's values.
An enterprise dedicated to poetry and other language arts—their creation, enhancement, and dissemination, offering both practical and moral support for friends and fellow travellers in these arts (manuscript assessment, editing, book packaging, mentoring/tutoring, and consulting) for both beginning and experienced writers of all kinds, maintained by poet and editor Allan Briesmaster.
Alberta Romance Writers' Association
A non-profit organization dedicated to helping published and unpublished romance writers of all genres through meetings, workshops, social events, a newsletter, and an annual romance writing contest.
Association of Canadian Publishers
An annotated directory of Canadian publishers, including the Literary Press Group, and Canadian affiliate publishing organizations, offering useful tips on how to get published, get distributed, and get publicity..
Banff Centre for the Arts
Canada's only learning centre dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture, providing a Writing and Publishing Program, Creative Nonfiction and Cultural Journalism Program, Leighton Studios writing retreats for creating new work, Banff Centre Press, Cascade online magazine, links, readings, writers' workshops, lectures, and conferences.
Be a Better Writer
Whether your interest is in short stories, creative nonfiction, autobiography/journaling, or the novel, a site offering writing tips, Q & A, a Writing Library, writing quotations, resources, advice, markets, contests, courses, templates, and more (for a complete list, check our Site Map) to increase your chances of publication, along with fun activities and resources for your classes or workshops.
Berton House Writers' Retreat
An opportunity in the historically impressive setting of Dawson City, Yukon, for professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline to concentrate on her or his work or just get away to think.
Book Promoters Association of Canada (BPAC)
A national organization, with strong regional representations in Toronto and Vancouver, composed of in-house and freelance publicists, marketers, bookstore employees, sales representatives, and students—anyone actively involved in the promotion of books in Canada.
Book Publishers Canada
A dedicated, updated free database of traditional, advance-paying Canadian book publishers who are accepting submissions from all authors, whether or not they are represented by an agent.
Canada Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association
Tips and articles on becoming a (better) medical writer, Canadian Medical Communicatornewsletter, professional conferences and events, networking and job opportunities, medical book discounts, virtual reference shelf, e-mail membership directory and discussion group.
Canada Council/Conseil des Arts du Canada
A national arm's-length agency reporting through the Minister of Canadian Heritage which fosters the development of the arts in Canada through awards and grants for writing, publishing, travel, and arts projects to individuals and arts organizations. Also under its aegis, the Public Lending Right Commission and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Canadian Association of Journalists
The national, bilingual voice of Canadian journalists that upholds the public's right to know and encourages, promotes, and stands for excellence in investigative journalism.
Canadian Authors Association
Canada's national writing association of "Writers Helping Writers" (both beginning and established) through a network of friendly local branches offering contests, awards, publications, and an annual writers' conference.
Canadian Children's Book Centre
A national non-profit organization and registered charity to promote, support, and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens, offering news, books, sound tape and video catalogue, children's writing contest, newsletter, and related links.
Canadian Conference of the Arts
A not-for-profit, non-governmental lobby and service organization for over 200,000 Canadian artists and cultural workers, offering a discussion room, tax primers, and cultural reports.
Canadian Federation of Poets
The founding federation in a global community of poets and poetry lovers where members can "meet" via our forums and live chats, learn about themselves and their international poetry colleagues, and celebrate all that is important to us as poets and as people living in an ever-changing world.
Canadian Literary Magazines/Journals
An annotated set of links to key Canadian magazines publishing poetry, fiction, literary essays, and reviews, provided by the respected quarterly of criticism and reviews Canadian Literature.
Canadian Literature Archive
A repository of information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and library archives for the study of Canadian literature, run by the University of Manitoba with participation from scholars around the world.
Home of Studies, Documents, Reviews, a refereed journal devoted to the study of poetry from all periods in Canada, published twice yearly, and the Canadian Poetry Press, publishing scholarly editions of early Canadian long poems the Confederation poets and critical studies of Canadian poetry.
Canadian Poetry Archive
Selections from some of Canada's most notable poetry, from over 100 English- and French-language 19th- and early 20th-century Canadian poets. Search the database by poet, title, keywords, and date, or browse the index and biographies.
Canadian Poets and Fiction Writers on Their Art and Writing Life
Annotated links to books of essays, memoirs, and interviews by and with Canadian poets and fiction writers.
Canadian Publishers' Council
Canada's main English-language book-publishing trade association offering valuable links about the industry and a FAQ on getting published.
Canadian Romance Authors Network
An informal non-profit group of published Canadian authors to promote romance writing and provide career support, featuring information about romance writing today, a bulletin board, members' roster, romance-writing and book-ordering links.
Canadian Science Writers Association
A national alliance of professional science communicators in all media involved in communicating Science and Technology to non-specialist audiences, offering Science Linknewsletter articles, student science writing workshops, links, and awards.
Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP)
A group of professionals (writers, teachers, librarians) promoting the field of children's culture through Toronto monthly meetings, writing workshops, an art collection, newsletter, and the annual Packaging Your Imagination conference.
Canadian Writers’ Foundation
A registered charity, its only aim to help Canada’s writers when they fall on hard times, that welcomes referrals and donations.
Canadian Writing Resources for Students
Helpful links to writing advice, Canadian literature reference books, contests especially for students, The League of Canadian Poets' and other resources, poetry tapes and CDs, and websites, courtesy of Wordwrights Canada.
See Access Copyright (access ©)
A lengthy collection of excellent, descriptive links to publishers of Canadian literature, hosted by Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review .
Can Stock Photo
Need a cover image or illustrations? Physically based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, "one of the world's largest microstock photography agencies...home to thousands of photographers, and tens of thousands of active members from around the world", offering royalty-free images for personal or commercial use.
CBC Literary Awards
The only literary competition that celebrates original, unpublished works of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in Canada’s two official languages, with $60,000 of prize money, publication, and broadcast.
Character Name Generator
babynametrain pulls up five boys' and five girls' full names, with first, middle, and last that can be mixed and matched. Name meanings and origins are also available.
Character Names and Meanings
BabyHold's extensive resource for writers of over 20,000 given names, including their meanings, categorized by origin/culture or by alphabetical order. Also an advanced search option and a name suggestion tool.
Children's Literature Web Guide
Doucette Library of Teaching Resources Director David K. Brown's gathering together and categorizing of Internet resources related to writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults.
Industry Canada's answers to frequently asked questions about Canadian copyright.
Creative Writing Programs
Compiled by Malaspina University-College, links to programs in creative writing offering graduate degrees (M.F.A, M.A., or Ph.D.) both inside and outside Canada, Canadian undergraduate degrees (B.A. or B.F.A.), creative writing certificates, and diplomas, as well as British Columbia university-transfer colleges, creative writing workshops, and conferences.
Crime Fiction Canada
A developing Brock University bibliographic database of critical materials related to Canadian crime/mystery/detective narratives in a variety of media, from print to film and television. Includes "webliographies" of projects, the Canadian detective fiction "canon", Canadian publishers, critics, and fans, as well as scholarly conferences on the forms and function, material conditions of production, and patterns of consumption of this pre-eminent popular genre.
Crime Writers of Canada
A national organization with regional chapters coast to coast to raise the profile of Canadian crime writing, for writers, associated professionals, and anyone else with a serious interest in the field, offering the Fingerprints newsletter, In Cold Blood members' directory, mystery resources, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
Editors' Association of Canada
A national association to promote and maintain high standards of editing and publishing in Canada, offering professional development seminars, books on editing, job hotline, fee guidelines, self-test, and a national members' directory of both freelance and in-house editors.
Electronic Frontier Canada
A group founded to ensure that the principles embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are protected as new computing, communications, and information technologies emerge.
eBook Publishing at Wordwrights Canada
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's books by Susan Ioannou, now available in eBook Kindle, Kobo EPUB, and free PDF formats.
Electronic Publishing: Guide to Best Practices for Canadian Publishers
The National Library of Canada's introduction to the pros and cons of various approaches to electronic publishing, with links to creative, efficient examples and further online resources.
Freelance Medical Illustrator
Illustration services for professional and academic writers and publishers, serving clients across Canada and the United States.
Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l
Hosts thousands of writing-resource links in an online database, plus offers funds for writers, education, daily news, submission calls, and research library, to name but a few of the free resources.
The Toronto home of the Annual International Festival of Authors, with a weekly readings schedule, directory of 3,400 authors, Literary Boutique of unique gifts, and The Literary Café links to Canadian author pages, publishers, literary journals and magazines, reading venues, festivals, online booksellers, prizes, and awards.
Horror Writers Association
The oldest and most respected worldwide professional organization dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who publish and write it to "bring you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life."
InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship
A rich resource site, offering extensive links to Canadian agents, periodicals, and publishers, as well as listings of members' events, contests, online writing courses, and regional groups, a newsletter, and a chat room.
Library and Archives Canada
The new Library and Archives Canada website, integrating the former National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada.
Literary Press Group
An umbrella organization and distributor for Canadian publishers of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction: contact names and addresses.
Magazines Canada Association – MagOmania
Descriptions of Canadian literary fiction and Poetry magazines, as well as general and special-interest publications.
Medical Illustration for Science Writers
Professional medical illustration services, from traditional life drawing to Flash animation, for print, the Web, and Continuing Medical Education.
National Film Board of Canada
A rich source of publicly available films relating to Canadian literature and writers, as well as other subjects of national and regional interest, identified by simply typing in a keyword (such as "poet").
Practical tips and links on reporting, writing, story hunting, editing, and publishing the news, from Gregg McLachlan, a journalist with almost 20 years experience.
On Creative Writing Exercises
Free exercises for writing fiction, covering Narrative Pacing/Perspective, Natural Dialog,Tension and Suspense, Writer’s Block, Emotion in Writing,Character Development, and The Big Picture, plus writing tips, prompts, and other resources.
Ontario Writers' Conference
A premier arts writing/author organization that conducts educational, challenging, and interactive workshops, panels, roundtables, and other writing-related events, led by writers, arts-related facilitators, and industry professionals, with its next annual conference in April 2011.
Open Book: Ontario
News, profiles, interviews, features, and event listings from across the province and a seasonal online magazine, showcasing the people, places, writing, and happenings of our literary scene, plus Ontario's Literary Landmarks.
Outdoor Writers of Canada
An organization including authors, script writers, photographers, cinematographers, artists, illustrators, radio and television personalities, lecturers, public relations specialists, and outdoor industry contacts to stimulate interest in and an appreciation of the outdoors, co-operation with others in support of the responsible use(s) of Canada's natural resources, and high standards of craftsmanship through information, conventions, and awards.
Periodical Writers Association of Canada
See Professional Writers Association of Canada .
Places for Writers
A non-profit site, updated daily, offering resources for Canadian and international writers: calls for submission, contests, courses, events, and news.
Playwrights Guild of Canada
A national association of professional and emerging playwrights founded to publish and distribute scripts to encourage more productions of Canadian plays, offering a play database, contracts handbook, playwrights in the schools program, Internet links, programs, members' services, and Playwrights Canada Press.
Poetry Markets for Canadians
A highly recommended site maintained by The League of Canadian Poets that goes to the centre of the Canadian poetry world, with links to print magazine and e-zine poetry markets, chapbook and book publishers, publishing and performing advice, creative writing schoools, workshops, writing contests, writers' organizations, resources, and much more—well worth the reasonable annual individual subscripton fee.
Reviews of Canadian poetry books by fellow Canadian poets.
A division of Island Blue Print, located in Victoria, B.C., that will professionally "print on demand" your colour and/or black and white perfect bound book from your e-mailed PDF files, in economic small quantities, and in timely fashion, as needed.
Professional Writers Association of Canada
A national organization representing freelance writers and journalists across the country, providing publications, services, and a wealth of Internet links for writers' associations, resources, listservs and newsgroups, journalism, Canadian writing.
Public Lending Right
Details on eligibility and registration for Canadian authors, anthology contributors, editors, translators, illustrators and photographers to receive payment for public use of their works housed in library collections.
Publishers in Canada
Direct links to Canadian publishers' websites.
Quick Brown Fox
A lively writers' resource site, containing information on literary agents actively looking for authors, writing contests, writing courses, book reviews, short stories, short memoirs, markets for writing, and more.
Representative Poetry Online
Access to 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today, as first established in print in 1912 by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, and in 1994, put into electronic format including a timeline, calendar, glossary, criticism, and bibliography, by Ian Lancashire, Department of English, University of Toronto.
Research for Writers
Providing custom research services on any topic to novelists, screenwriters, nonfiction writers, speechwriters, TV producers and writers, editors, publicists, marketers, executives, and others.
Romance Writers of Edmonton
A non-profit, independent support network and critique group for serious writers in a variety of genres, including contemporary, historical, paranormal, and inspirational, that shares information on writing techniques, publishing, marketing, and networking, and holds an annual romance writing contest.
Saskatchewan Romance Writers
An independent group formed to support and encourage writers in the romance genre who live in Saskatchewan, Canada, and its neighbouring prairie provinces, offering monthly meetings, workshops, retreats, a writing contest, and quarterly newsletter.
Scribendi.com—Professional Proofreading and Editing Services A company with the primary goal of providing clients with fast, reliable, and affordable revision services, also offering a Resources page of helpful articles, advice, and podcasts specifically for writers.
Seed Capital vs Venture Capital
An explanation of funding sources for starting a small business corporation.
Six Nations Writers
Tuscarora, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk—the storytellers of today with a common literary goal to carry on the ancestral storytelling tradition, sharing stories and supporting each other through the written word, Moccasin Telegraph announcing readings, concerts, and other events, and In the Literary Spirit radio program.
Society for Technical Communication
An organization to support writers, editors, illustrators, document designers, educators, and managers involved in delivering specialized information about hardware, software, finance, government, medicine, manufacturing, law, transportation, or telecommunications, to a target audience for a specific purpose.
Student Writing Competitions
Wordwrights Canada descriptions of competition basics, Canadian contests, plus information of interest to teachers and essay tips for student writers.
Tapping Your Innate Creativity
For those who write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or ad copy, a 10-week program of online lectures, tips, forms, resources, feedback from instructor Barbara Florio Graham, and discussions with other participants, as well as books, resources, and a separate 8-week Time Management and Organizational Techniques tutorial for writers.
The Brains of Writers
An intriguing set of notes and comments gathered by British Columbia poet D.C. Reid.
An excellent starting point by poet George Swede for learning about this ancient and popular form, with an extensive list of periodicals, newspapers, publishers, radio, and television interested in haiku.
The League of Canadian Poets
Canada's national professional association for poets, offering a youth poetry contest, book awards, school visits, readings and tours, members' directory, Poetry Spoken Here online bookstore, and a wealth of poetry resources for teachers and students on its Young Poets site.
The Muse's Muse
An assortment of songwriting organizations and publishers, helpful articles on the craft, sample songs, classifieds, songwriting survey, chat group, related links.
The Ontario Poetry Society (TOPS)
A democratic organization for members to unite in camaraderie and friendship for emotional support and encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing, and publishing.
The Word Guild
A national association of Christian Canadian writers and editors that fosters standards of excellence in the art, craft, practice, and ministry of writing, offering writing contests, a national three-day conference, one-day writing workshops across the country, an online writing community, peer critiquing of work, co-marketing opportunties, and more.
The Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR)
Contains a list of Canadian poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, and other writing contests, updated regularly.
The Writers' Trust
A unique institution, through various programs and awards providing a level of support for Canadian novelists, poets, biographers, and other nonfiction writers, unmatched by any other nongovernmental organization or foundation.
The Writers' Union of Canada
A national organization of professional writers of books for the general public, offering contract evaluation, publications, "Dear Writer" advice, a manuscript reading service, and a short prose competition.
University of Toronto Library: Canadian Poetry Online
Valuable literary background on important Canadian poets, featuring selections from their poetry and aesthetic statements. Also links to Canadian poetry journals, presses, courses, awards, events, bibliographies and databases, and Canadian and international poetry websites.
Utmost Christian Writers Foundation
A government-registered non-profit foundation for the support and encouragement of poets of Christian faith, providing many free resources, including dozens of unique articles to help poets hone their skills, and one of the biggest cash prizes for poetry in Canada, awarding US$4,000 annually in its major contest.
Wordwrights Canada Publishing
Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's books by Susan Ioannou, now available in print and eBook Kindle, Kobo EPUB, and free PDF formats.
Writers Guild of Canada
A national association of screenwriters working in film, television, radio and multimedia production in Canada, negotiating collective agreements, lobbying, and offering contract information, screenwriting and scriptwriting links, and awards.
Writers in Electronic Residence (WIER)
An interactive creative program linking Canada's writers with schools across the country through interactive online writing courses and conferences, and resources for writers and teachers.
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Provincial Writers' Organizations
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Provincial Arts Councils
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Writers' Courses, Retreats, and Workshops
Caetani Cultural Centre
(Hour north of Toronto, Ontario)
Community of Writers Workshops and Retreat
(Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia)
Fernie Writers Conference
Fernwood Writers Workshop
Freefall Writing Workshops
with Barbara Turner-Vesselago
(online and varied locations)
Gibraltar Point Centre Artscape Lodge
Humber School for Writers
Maritime Writers' Workshop
(Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts
Olivewood & Laurel Retreats
(Kardamyli, southern Peloponnese, Greece)
Poetry Retreats with Patrick Lane
(Vancouver Island, B.C.)
Powell River Writers Conference
(Powell River, B.C.)
Quick Brown Fox
(Greater Toronto Area)
Roxanne Snider's Creative Writing Workshop
Ryerson University Writing Workshops
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Sage Hill Writing Experience
Simon Fraser University Summer Publishing [and Writing] Workshops
Saskatchewan Writers/Artists Colony
(St. Peter's Abbey and Emma Lake, Saskatchewan)
The Writing Space
Studio for aspiring and established writers of all ages and experience
Toronto New School of Writing
UBC Writing Centre
Campus and Online Non-credit Academic, Professional, Business, and Creative Writing Courses
Wilfrid Laurier University, Continuing Education
(South Frontenac Township, Ontario)
Wired Writing Studio
(Banff, Alberta, and online)
Write on the French River
The Writers’ Retreat
(California, Colorado, Costa Rica, and Mexico; in Canada, Quebec, New-Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island)
Writing with Care
Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland.
YouthWrite: Summer camps for kids who love to write
(Canmore and Edmonton, Alberta)
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Updated December 2017