Writers’ Council membership is a special designation for WFNS members who have produced a professional body of work. Three streams of WFNS member are eligible to apply to the Writers’ Council:
- writers who have had a book professionally published
- writers with at least 30,000 words published in periodicals
- writers who hold professional standing in another writers’ association or organization
Benefits (paid either in the form of an honourarium or at an hourly rate):
- Eligibility to join our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program (the WFNS cannot guarantee schools will select authors to visit, so it is in your best interest to create an interesting and thorough profile)
- Eligibility to submit an expressions of interest to lead creative writing workshops and professional development sessions (rate of pay: $87.50 per hour of instruction)
- Eligibility to join peer assessment juries for four Atlantic Book Awards categories administered by the WFNS (rate of pay: $250 + $5 per book under consideration)
- Compensation for participating in WFNS-organized public readings (the WFNS aims to pay writers $250 for a solo reading and $125 for a shared reading)
Writers' Council Application Requirements
All applications to the Writers’ Council must include the following information along with the supporting documentation outlined under each stream:
- A brief biography (no more than 500 words)
- An assertion that the applicant is a Canadian citizens or landed immigrant (a simple declaration will suffice)
- If you are professionally published, send a link to your publisher’s website with the book listing.
- If the book is out of print or the publisher has folded, send us a link to a library listing or some other information demonstrating the book’s professionally-published status.
If your book is self-published, please apply under Stream 3 below.
- If your work to-date consists of professional periodical publications, you must clearly identify which of your periodical publications make up the eligible body of 30,000 words.
- Send links to online copies of the articles or scans of articles in publications. Word counts must be verifiable.
Contact our office if you are unsure whether a periodical you have been published in counts towards your total.
Stream 3: writers who have been admitted into another professional writers’ association or organization. Your membership in the association or organization must be granted only after an application process and must be full professional membership (not associate- or friend-level membership), and the membership. Professional associations include, but are not limited to The Writers’ Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets (Full membership), the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (Professional designation), Canadian Authors’ Association (Professional designation), and CANSCAIP (Member).
- Send some form of confirmation that you are a member in good standing of the organization. This could include a link to your profile on their website, or a confirmation email sent from the organization to the WFNS.
Contact our office if you are unsure whether your professional designation counts or if you are a playwright, screenwriter, or other type of writer not covered under the above. Self-published writers accepted by the Writers' Union of Canada can apply to join the Writers' Council. (Click here for details.)
Writers' Council Application Process
- Only WFNS members in good standing may apply to the Writers' Council. Before assembling an application, make sure you have paid your annual WFNS membership dues. If you are unsure whether or not you have renewed your WFNS membership, please contact our office. Information about general membership can be found here.
- Send the required information and supporting documentation to email@example.com with the subject line “Writers’ Council - <your name>.”
- Your application will be reviewed by the WFNS Membership Committee. If approved by the Committee, your application will be submitted to the WFNS Board of Directors for approval by vote. This process can take up to six weeks, as our Board and the Membership Committee meet once a month for most of the year and less frequently during the summer. We endeavour to respond to applications as soon as possible.
- You will be contacted regardless of whether your application is approved.
- If your application is approved, you will immediately be eligible to apply for opportunities marked ‘Writers’ Council Only’ and you will be activated as a member of the Writers’ Council on the member profile section of the WFNS website. If you wish to create a Writers' Council profile, you will need to login to your online account and fill out the necessary details. Creating a profile isn’t mandatory.
- If your WFNS membership lapses, you will not lose your Writers’ Council status. You will be eligible for all Writers' Council benefits once you pay your member dues and are reactivated.
Please note: WFNS staff cannot speculate on the likelihood your Writers’ Council application being approved.