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.
Learn more at About CAA & Programs & Webinars.
Check out member benefits here.
Ready to join us? Visit this page.
Submissions Are Open For The 2023 Fred Kerner Book Award
If you are a current Canadian Authors member, or join before the submission deadline, with a book published in the previous calendar year (2022), you still have time to submit to the annual Fred Kerner Book Award.
The deadline is March 31, 2023. The prize is $400 and a one-year complimentary membership with Canadian Authors Association.
Details, guidelines, and entry form are available here.
Professional Development Opportunity for Canadian Authors
With submissions to the Whistler Independent Book Awards reaching an all-time high, we are seeking additional Canadian Authors Reviewers. All readers will receive their books for review in early June, and have until the end of July to review them.
Please indicate your interest by filling in this online form:
Take this opportunity to learn valuable skills while supporting the association!
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 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.
Be Part of the Change
In the federal government’s Budget Commitment of April 7, 2022, it pledged “to ensur[e] that the Copyright Act protects all creators and copyright holders … and [to] work to ensure a sustainable educational publishing industry, including fair remuneration for creators and copyright holders, as well as a modern and innovative marketplace that can efficiently serve copyright users.”
This promise was welcomed by writers’ groups across the country. Momentum is building. You may already have written a letter to your MP. We urge you to write again, spread the word, and part of the push to get the law changed before anything else diverts the politicians’ attention. Everyone who writes to their MP is eligible for a draw to win a free one-year membership with CAA.
We also encourage you to share some animated 15-second shorts with your friends, family, and associates. They need to understand how unfair the 2012 amendment to the Copyright Act is, and what the impact is on Canadian culture.
For more info, links to the shorts, and the deadline for our membership draw, see Take Action!
Webinar Wednesdays Are Here!
The 2022 Canadian Authors & SF Canada Webinar Series is well underway, with three already behind us and several more to go.
- August 17: A Quick and Easy Guide to Book and Publishing Contracts, with D.G. Valdron
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.