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Are you ready to take your writing to the next level?

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.

As one of only 27 Registered National Arts Service Organizations with charitable status, much of what we do benefits all Canadian writers, whether they are members or are affiliated with us as partners or through other writing groups.

Learn More at What We Do & History & Programs & Webinars


Registration Now Open for the 2021 Spring/Summer Webinar Series

Webinar Wednesdays are back, and we have seven webinars lined up from April through August. There’s something for everyone, including tips on marketing, feathering backstory into your manuscript, creating believable characters, writing modern gothic horror, and using folk narrative in your writing.

During the pandemic these webinars are free to all writers. Find out more and register here.

Featured Member

Jean Kay: 2021 recipient of CAA’s Allan Sangster Award for exceptional contribution to the Association.

 The Allan Sangster Award was created in 1968 in memory of Allan S. Sangster, a CBC producer who was served on the national board as a regional vice-president for Ontario until his untimely death in 1967. The award honours a CAA member for long and meritorious service.

Find out more about this exemplary volunteer and the award here.


National Asian Heritage Month

Ottawa, May 4, 2021The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement to mark Asian Heritage Month:


“May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredible contributions of Asian Canadians and recommit ourselves to building a more inclusive society. The story of Asian immigration to Canada is one of ambition and achievement. This year’s theme—Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve—reminds us of  READ MORE

Take Action!

On May 13, Access Copyright and Copibec will be meeting with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (ISI) and the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, to discuss the impact that the changes made to the Copyright Act in 2012 have had on our creators and publishers and to impress upon them the enormity of the problem and the urgent need for the government to act.

In advance of this meeting, Access Copyright is asking writers to make a quick phone call to leave a message. This will take less than five minutes of your time, and your participation will make a difference.

Find out more at https://canadianauthors.org/national/advocacy/take-action/

Featured Events

Danny Ramadan: Own Voices and Writer Identities

A Canadian Authors – Metro Vancouver event

May 12, 4:00–5:00 pm PST


Pivoting to Digital: The Writers and Literary Organizations Edition

A National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts Event

May 11–13, 2021


What are the copyrights and copywrongs of written content online? What new opportunities does the digital transition present for writers, publishers, and events curators?

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

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