Join the WFNS Writers' Council
Writers’ Council membership is a special designation for WFNS members who have produced a professional body of work.
- Eligibility to join our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program
- Eligibility 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 Atlantic Book Awards categories administered by the WFNS (rate of pay: $250 + $5 per book assessed)
- Compensation for participating in WFNS-organized public readings (rates of pay: $250 for a solo reading and $125 for a shared reading)
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS
Writers with a book professionally published by a third-party book publishing company.
- A link to your book’s listing on your publisher’s website
- A link to your book’s library listing or other public information demonstrating the book’s professionally-published status
If your book is self-published, please apply under Stream 3.
Writers with works in periodicals published by third-party editorial boards or committees.
- A list of eligible periodical publications that total 30,000 words; for each work, note the word count and provide a link to the work as published (if online) or a scan of the work as published (if in-print only)
Contact our office if you are unsure whether a periodical you have been published in counts towards your total.
Writers with a full professional membership in another professional writers’ association or organization.
- Confirmation from the association that you are a full professional member in good standing, such as a link to your profile on the association’s website or a confirmation email from the association sent directly to the WFNS
Membership in the association or organization must be granted only after an application process and cannot be associate- or friend-level membership. Associations include but are not limited to The Writers’ Union of Canada (which accepts writers who have self-published), the League of Canadian Poets (Full membership), the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (Professional designation), Canadian Authors’ Association (Professional designation), and CANSCAIP (Member).
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.
2. Application Requirements
- A brief biography (no more than 500 words)
- A simple declaration that the applicant is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
- The supporting documentation outlined under one of the three streams above
3. How to Apply
1. Ensure you are a member in good standing of the WFNS. Only WFNS members may apply to the Writers’ Council. Before assembling an application, ensure you have paid your annual dues for the current membership year. Our office can confirm your membership status.
2. Email your biography, declaration, and supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Writers’ Council – [Your name].”
3. Wait for the review of your application by the WFNS Membership Committee and (if approved in committee) for the approval of your application’s by the WFNS Board of Directors. This process can take up to six weeks, as our Membership Committee and Board of Directors meet once a month for most of the year and less frequently during the summer. You will be contacted notified of your application results.
4. If your application is approved, you will be immediately eligible to create a publicly accessible Writers’ Council profile on the WFNS website (optional). If you wish to create a Writers’ Council profile, you will need to login to your online account and fill out the necessary details.
If your application is approved, you will be permanently eligible for Writer’s Council benefits so long as your general membership is active.
If your general membership ever lapses, you will retain your Writers’ Council status and will be eligible for all Writers’ Council benefits as soon as your general membership is reactivated.