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Canadian Authors Association is—and always has been—a membership-based organization for writers at all stages of their writing careers: aspiring, emerging, and professional.

Join us for professional development and networking opportunities with people who care about the craft and business of writing as much as you do.

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CAA Centennial Fundraising Campaign

CAA is a charitable organization dedicated to our long-held role of writers helping writers. Right now we need your help to meet our goal of $50,000 as seed money to turn things around and rebuild CAA to reach its full potential. Help us meet our goal by donating now!

Jean Kay: 2021 Winner of the CAA Allan Sangster Award

On Saturday, April 24, CAA held a volunteer appreciation event to recognize and celebrate the many volunteers across Canada who work behind the scenes to to run the association, its branches, and its programs.

At the event, one particular member was awarded the Allan Sangster Award, given to long-time volunteers for long and meritorious service.


Find out more about Jean Kay and the award here.


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Anti-Racism Resources

Writers have honed language skills that can be used to rally our communities to act. Those of us who are not BIPOC can listen to, learn from and support those who are; all of us can advocate for change; we can extend hope and stand with those calling for justice; we can solicit, gather and disseminate stories rooted in BIPOC experience; we can engage in difficult discussions about racism; and we can act with compassion and courage. We can help educate. As writers we can be a force for good.

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CanWrite!100 Writers’ Conference

On September 18 and 19, we held our conference virtually, with six amazing sessions taught by bestselling authors and industry experts, plus two panels—one with agents and a publisher and another on alternate forms of storytelling. We will have recordings of individual sessions available for purchase very soon, so watch this space.

In the meantime, check out the conference pages here.


Alas, our Spring/Summer Webinar Series has ended, but you can still get access to any of the following webinar recordings:

  • Writing Modern Gothic Horror
  • Folk Narrative for Writers: An Introduction
  • 4 Fun Ways to Nail that Character
  • 15 Easy Ways to Market Your Book
  • Backstory Secrets
  • Marketing Strategy for Authors
  • Playing the Short Game
    …and more

Find out more about our webinars and how to access them here

Find out more about these and other events by visiting our event calendar here.

Member News

Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser’s (Member at Large) latest book, In Search of Almighty Voice: Resistance and Reconciliation, was launched at the One...
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Barbara Wade Rose

Barbara Wade Rose's (Toronto) middle-grade children's (and childish adults') book, MARABEL or The Great Exception, was published in November: the adventures...
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Frank Spezzano

Frank Spezzano’s (Toronto) new book, Desires... Of Love, will be released in December 2021. Stay tuned for more details on his...
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Catherine Graham

Catherine Graham’s (Toronto) second novel, The Most Cunning Heart (May 2022), is on CBC Books Canadian Fiction to Watch For...
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Nan Williamson

Nan Williamson’s (Peterborough) poem demonic snow was chosen for the next issue of Fresh Voices through The League of Canadian...
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JoAnn Catania

JoAnn Catania (Toronto) is happy to announce that her debut women's fiction novel, A Scarcity of Virgins, published by Iguana...
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Mike Mulcahy

Mike Mulcahy (Metro Vancouver) has released his first cookbook entitled Feast On This: A Collection of Inspired Recipes & Life Stories That...
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Vanessa Farnsworth

Vanessa Farnsworth (Member at Large) will be teaching a series of free genealogy workshops at libraries throughout the Kootenays this fall....
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Melanie Marttila

Melanie Marttila’s (Member at Large) short story “The Wolf You Feed” has been accepted for publication in Home for the Howlidays, a...
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Suzanne Craig-Whytock

Suzanne Craig-Whytock (Member at Large) has had a busy summer. Her debut short story collection, Feasting Upon The Bones, was...
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Tina Kamakaris

Tina Kamakaris’s (Toronto) publishing company, Owl Publishing, is pleased to announce one of their authors, A. H. Nedani, has won...
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Mike Phelan

Mike Phelan (BC) is pleased to announce the October 2021 launch of his historical fiction novel, The Secret of Bell...
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Bill Arnott

Bill Arnott’s (BC) new travel memoir, Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, the sequel to his award-winning bestseller Gone Viking: A...
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Tara K. Torme

Tara Kimberley Torme (BC), current member of the Canadian Authors Association, has published poetry books In Conversation Volume I and In Conversation...
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Kamal Parmar

Kamal Parmar (BC), the Poet Laureate of the City of Nanaimo, is organizing a Haiku reading event over Zoom hosted...
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Maurice Suwa

Maurice Suwa (Affiliate Member) is pleased to announce the publication of The Great White Knot, his fun Canada-themed Puzzle book....
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Tamel Wino

Tamel Wino’s (Metro Vancouver Branch) debut book, Ekleipsis, which was released on December 18th 2020, has won a Reader Views bronze award...
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Susan Wadds

Susan Wadds (Member at Large) is feeling both euphoric and a bit stunned. Her novel, What the Living Do, has...
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Ifeoma Chinwuba

Ms. Ifeoma Chinwuba (National Capital Region) has been appointed Writer-in-Residence, 2021-2022, of the English and Film Studies Department at the...
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Purabi Sinha Das

Purabi Sinha Das (Toronto) has launched her debut novel Moonlight – The Journey Begins with a virtual launch on Facebook. Purabi...
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Jean Baker

Jean Baker (Niagara Branch) is delighted to announce her historical fiction novel Albatross Hall has now been published by Friesen Press. Available...
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Kieran Egan

Kieran Egan's (BC), first novel, Tenure, has been published by NeWest Press. An entertaining comic campus thriller, in which a drug...
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Marc Todd

Marc Todd (Niagara Branch) is delighted to announce that his horror/thriller fiction novel Chains has now been published and is available for sale...
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John Bennett

John Bennett (BC) is excited to announce the publication of his first book, Wakan Tanka: On Human Origins, Spirituality and the Meaning...
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JF Garrard

JF Garrard (Toronto), a Toronto-based publisher/writer/editor, has created an ongoing podcast about writing and publishing, "The Artsy Raven," which is released bi-weekly. Writers...
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Lorrie Potvin

Lorrie Potvin (National Capital Region), a queerishly two-spirited Métis, artist, tradeswoman and teacher, is happy to share that her follow...
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Nina Shoroplova

Nina Shoroplova’s (Metro Vancouver Branch) book, Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park (Heritage House Publishing, 2020), is a finalist for...
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Karen Gansel

Karen Gansel (Niagara) is pleased to announce the launch of her second novel, Celeste Unraveled. Enjoy the journey of three...
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Tonya Liburd

Tonya Liburd (Toronto) has been interviewed by the folks over at What's In The Box podcast, https://telluswhatsinthebox.podbean.com/e/ep-36-soucouyants-guest-tonya-liburd/. "Settle in with...
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Nancy Chislett

Nancy Chislett’s (Member at Large) novel, Bombing the Moon, with be released April 15, 2022. The book launch will be...
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Elaine Cougler

Elaine Cougler (Member at Large), author of the historical fiction Loyalist series and the non-fiction The Man Behind the Marathons,...
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Christopher Canniff

Christopher Canniff (Toronto) recently launched his latest novel, Intervals of Hope (Blue Denim Press, November 2021). Nicholas Dixon, armed with...
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Nduka Otiono

Nduka Otiono (National Capital Region) is pleased to announce the publication of his new and selected poems, DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka...
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Sylvia Barnard

Sylvia Barnard (Niagara) from Penetanguishene, Ontario is pleased to announce the publication of her début novel, Rhubarb, Strawberries, and Willows,...
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Renee Sarojini Saklikar

CAA member and author, Renee Sarojini Saklikar (BC), will be reading from her new book, Bramah and The Beggar Boy,...
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Rosanna Battigelli

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli's (Toronto) fiction collection Pigeon Soup & Other Stories (Inanna Publications, June 2021) has been honoured as a “Finalist” in the...
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Patrick Connors

Patrick Connors (Toronto) first full poetry collection, The Other Life, published by Mosaic Press, is now available at the Indigo bookstore at...
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Kelly Allers

Kelly Allers (BC), a young family man with a dream of becoming a career fantasy novelist, has self-published his first book...
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Gerald Richardson Brown

Gerald Richardson Brown (Metro Vancouver) has finished his trilogy of three books linked by the contents of a sea chest...
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Gordon K. Jones

Gordon K. Jones (Toronto Branch) is excited to announce that he has been signed by Bookland Press to record an audiobook...
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Vera Constantineau

Vera Constantineau (Member at Large), Poet Laureate of Greater Sudbury, presented a reading as part of an 'International Voices' presentation...
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Carol L. MacKay

Carol L. MacKay (Metro Vancouver) has been announced the winner of the 2020 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry for her...
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Sharon Frayne

Sharon Frayne (Niagara) is delighted to announce that her YA novel, The Sound of a Rainbow, won the 2020 Muskoka Novel Marathon....
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Samreen Ahsan

Samreen Ahsan (Toronto Branch), international award-winning author, is pleased to announce her third book in the [Stolen] Series, Once Upon A [Broken] Time....
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Ron Hore

Ron Hore, writing as R.J.Hore, (Member at Large) is pleased to announce that volume three of the “Housetrap Chronicles” collection...
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Guglielmo D’Izzia

Guglielmo D’Izzia (Toronto) is pleased to announce that his debut novel, The Transaction, has won the 2021 IPPY Awards Silver Medal in...
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Dr. Ian Prattis

Dr. Ian Prattis (National Capital Region) has a new poetry book coming out in the spring of 2022 called Four...
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Maria Saba

Maria Saba (National Capital Region), an Ottawa-based writer, Storyteller, and arts educator was awarded the 2021 Wallace Stegner Grant for...
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Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg

Naomi Eliana Pommier Steinberg (Metro Vancouver) held a book reading and storytelling event for Goosefeather: Once Upon a Cartographic Adventure,...
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Kathleen S. Schmitt

Kathleen S. Schmitt's (BC) novel Magnificat will be published in the spring of 2022 by Inanna Publications in Toronto. Her...
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Hanna Park

Hanna Park's (Toronto) debut novel, Finding Tiegan, is now available to the big wide world. Published by The Wild Rose...
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Carmel M. Toussaint

Carmel M. Toussaint (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce her new book, Humanity’s Struggles with Inequality: More Inequality Divides – Less Inequality...
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Eleonore Schönmaier

Eleonore Schönmaier (Member at Large) will launch her poetry collection, Wavelengths of Your Song/Wellenlängen deines Liedes (McGill-Queen's University Press /parasistenpresse), in German...
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Lucian Childs

Lucian Childs’ (Toronto) short story, “Napoli,” has been accepted for publication in Prairie Fire: A Canadian Magazine of New Writing. Watch...
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D. Neil Elliott

D. Neil Elliott’s (BC) book, A Higher Road, was recently published and is available on Amazon and in bookstores. A Higher...
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John Passfield

John Passfield (Toronto) has posted readings of his novel, Pauline Johnson: Know Who I Am (Rocks Mills Press, 2021), on...
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Martin Neil Campbell

Martin Neil Campbell’s (Toronto) second published book Essential Life Behaviors (January 2022, Core Driver Press) is available on Amazon. It...
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Karen Schauber

Karen Schauber is pleased to announce that CAA Vancouver Writers Circle has an opening for a new member. Like them,...
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K. R. Wilson

K. R. Wilson’s (Toronto) tragical-historical-comical novel Call Me Stan: A Tragedy in Three Millennia — in which a self-described immortal...
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Scott Overton

Scott Overton (Member at Large) has just launched his newest science fiction thriller novel Naïda with a virtual launch and numerous interviews in...
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Christopher Gorman

Christopher Gorman’s (Toronto) latest short story, Finding Balance, is featured in an anthology titled Dreaming the Goddess, now available on...
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Doug Jordan

Doug Jordan (National Capital Region) has published his latest novel, The Treasure of Stella Bay, a nostalgia trip for anyone...
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Adam Smith

Adam Smith (Toronto Branch) is pleased to announce the completion of his mystery trilogy entitled, The Freedom Flaw. These three novels...
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Anna V. Leigh

Anna V. Leigh (Toronto) is delighted to make her authorial debut with The Russian Girl: A Noir Romance. The novel tells the...
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Monique Layton

Monique Layton’s (Metro Vancouver) book, Everyday Evil: Why Our World Is the Way It Is (Tidewater Press, 2019), was a finalist for the...
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Rita Miceli

Rita Miceli’s (Niagara) short story called "Going to the Dance" has been published on Spillwords Press. https://spillwords.com/going-to-the-dance/
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