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Writers’ Trust Announces National Summit of Writers’ Associations

Provincial Associations Pool Intellectual Resources to Advance Canadian Literary Culture

March 12, 2014, Toronto
--- The Writers’ Trust of Canada is pleased to announce the National Summit of Writers’ Associations (NSWA), the first assembly of its kind. The summit, which brings together 20 delegates from 16 national, provincial, and territorial associations representing writers, takes place at the Banff Centre, an internationally renowned incubator for creativity and ideas, from March 17 to 19, 2014.

Conceived by the Writers’ Trust as an opportunity to connect associations from across the country that share the core goal of advancing Canadian writers and writing, the NSWA will spur ideas for immediate implementation and initiate a vision for mapping out longer term institutional goals.

Delegates will share initiatives and successes that may inspire and be borrowed by their peers. Facilitated discussions will take into consideration areas including program development and evaluation, leadership, collaborations, fundraising, administration, building relationships with indigenous writers, author and organization promotion, and building relationships with writers and readers, among others. The Canada Council will offer advice on government grant applications.

“As a national organization, the Writers’ Trust gives direct support to Canadian writers through its national literary awards, writers’ retreat, fund for writers in crisis, and other programs,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. “With the NSWA, we are offering support from another angle, by creating a forum to forge connections among our provincial and territorial colleagues and to explore what we can do collectively to better serve writers across Canada.”

Delegates represent the following provincial and territorial organizations: Federation of BC Writers, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, NorthWords NWT, Prince Edward Island Writers’ Guild, Quebec Writers’ Federation, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois, Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Delegates from national organizations the Writers’ Union of Canada, Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, and NSWA organizers the Writers’ Trust of Canada will also attend.

The National Summit of Writers’ Associations is made possible by the generous contributions of the Banff Centre and Canada Council for the Arts.

About the Writers’ Trust

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country. 


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