CanWrite! Writers’ Conference and Retreat

Every year this three-day event provides a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities to new, emerging and established writers, many coming from across Canada.

Held at Lakehead University’s Orillia Campus in June 2015, the conference’s retreat component includes morning options of personal writing time vs. genre-specific writing circles moderated by skilled writing instructors. The afternoon events include publisher and agent panels followed by a selection of hands-on workshops led by award-winning authors; late afternoons and evenings feature book fairs, open mike and/or awards shortlisted author readings, and other activities. All meals, including the awards gala, are included in the registration price.

Note: In 2016 CAA is partnering in the Canadian Writers Summit (#CWS2016) in Toronto at the Toronto Harbourfront. Our CanWrite! conference returns in 2017. For more info on #CWS2016 click here.


Literary Awards Program

Open to all Canadian writers, the Canadian Authors Literary Awards honour published books that achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Categories include fiction, Canadian history, and poetry. The deadline for entries is usually December 15.

Shortlists are announced in the spring, and the winners are announced at a special gala held during our annual conference.

The Emerging Writer Award honours writers under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise in the field of literary creation. The deadline for nominations is usually March 31.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award, an award exclusively for CAA members, for a book of any genre first published in either 2014 or 2015.

For more information, including this year’s guidelines and entry forms, visit the Awards pages on this website, including the Submit-for-an-Award/ section.


Roving Writers Touring Program

This program works towards giving members already scheduled for book tours or other professional engagements opportunities to take on additional speaking engagements and book signings at local branches and other affiliate partner locations in nearby areas.

For additional information, please contact admin(at)


Young Authors of Canada Program

The Young Authors of Canada (YAC) program provides youth aged 13 to 17 with writing workshops, mentoring, and opportunities to publish their work in an anthology.

Currently active in select Ontario communities, over time the program will be expanding across Canada and will include an interactive YAC website, online forums, and special local as well as online events.

For additional information, please contact apurcell(at)canadianauthors(dot)org.


Member Book Catalogue

The Bookshelf 2014 is an annual catalogue of books by participating members of the association.

Launched in December 2013, the e-catalogue is in a flip-book format, available to members and the public and electronically distributed via online platforms to an international audience.

Participating members pay a fee per title to help defray production costs.

A 5-part series of webinars on the business and the craft of writing was offered between September and December 2015. These webinars were free to members and discounted for affiliates (members of affiliated partners).

Stay tuned for our Spring 2016 series…