Canadian Authors Association – National Capital Region Branch (CAA-NCR)

Serving Ottawa and the surrounding area

Whether you are a published author or an emerging writer, you’ve come to the right place.

Writers Helping Writers

The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization with a local presence. We promote writers across Canada and encourage works of literary and artistic merit. We provide

  • information and support
  • opportunities for professional development
  • programs to promote fair and equitable treatment of writers
  • partnership with other relevant organizations
  • public awareness of Canada’s writing and publishing environment

Our National Capital Region Branch gives you both national resources and local initiatives and programs.

A Proud History

* CAA was founded to lobby for the protection of authors’ rights and was instrumental in the 1924 copyright legislation.
* Stephen Leacock was one of those founding members.
* CAA founded the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
* CAA originated the first standard book contract to protect authors’ rights in negotiations with publishers.
* CAA participates in the national organizations that ensure Canadian writers retain rights to their intellectual property and are paid for the use of their works. These organizations include Access Copyright, the Book and Periodical Council, the Canadian Copyright Institute, and the Public Lending Right Commission.
* CAA helped create The Canadian Writers’ Foundation to provide financial assistance to indigent authors and their families.

Canadian Authors Association is a not-for-profit association with charitable status. [A National Arts Service Organization,Charitable Business Number 10684 3055 RR0001]

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Health & Dental Benefits for Writers

One of the many benefits of membership includes access to the Writers’ Coalition Health & Dental program.

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CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.