Grants for Writers and How to Get Them (Canada)

According to a recent Writers’ Union of Canada report, Canadian writers are making 27% less than they were making in 1998 from their writing. The competition for funding is greater than ever, so Caroline Adderson is here to give you an edge. This workshop will cover the grants available to writers at every stage in their careers. You will learn how to parse an application in order to tailor your project to the requirements of each grant, how to write a synopsis, and what are the best support materials to include. You will also have the opportunity to deconstruct actual grant applications, both successful and unsuccessful, to learn what will make your proposal un-rejectable.

What You’ll Learn

  • The reality of the writing life: grants are important, but don’t count on them
  • Available grants for Canadian writers: City, Provincial, Federal* and International
  • General dos and don’ts
  • Parsing an application: what are they really looking for?
  • Writing a synopsis
  • Choosing supporting material
  • Letters of reference
  • Deconstructing actual applications, both successful and unsuccessful
  • Thoughts from a jurist: what I have looked for as an assessor
  • Conclusion and questions

 

Caroline Adderson is the author of five novels, two collections of short stories, as well as many books for young readers. Her work has received numerous award nominations including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Winner of three BC Book Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. She lives in Vancouver.

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*Note: Canada Council granting process has changed as Caroline said it would, but it does change annually, and the links given are still working and the information for making any successful grant application is still relevant.