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The Writers’ Trust of Canada was founded by five notable Canadian authors — Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young — to encourage a flourishing writing community in this country.

Since 1976, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, led by volunteers from the arts and business communities, has directed support from the private sector to Canadian writers and writing.

This country's writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust of Canada than any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country. Annually, the organization provides almost half a million dollars directly to a group of approximately 100 writers.

Watch a video below where prominent writers talk about the impact the Writers' Trust has had on their careers and on the Canadian writing community.

Writers' Trust programming includes:

  • Canada’s largest privately-funded collection of literary awards

  • The Woodcock Fund, a one-of-a-kind grant for creators facing unforeseen financial need

  • Berton House, Canada’s northernmost writers’ retreat

  • Humber School for Writers correspondence program scholarships aimed at emerging writers

  • The annual Margaret Laurence Lecture series, detailing the development of our national writing community

Through these various initiatives the Writers’ Trust provides opportunities, rewards successes, and enables writers to stand at the forefront of Canadian culture.

Money raised to finance the charitable activities of the Writers’ Trust is drawn almost exclusively from the private sector. Ninety-eight percent of all revenue is drawn from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

The organization is composed of a volunteer Board of Directors, a Authors' Advisory Group, and a staff of six. 


To advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.


To champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers in this country, and to create connections between writers and readers.


  • We support Canadian writers as a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization;

  • We value Canadian writers and their works as essential components of our vibrant and diverse cultures;

  • We nourish professional writers at every stage of their careers;

  • We embrace partnerships with readers and organizations dedicated to assisting Canadian writers;

  • We welcome openness and flexibility while adhering to the highest standards of fiscal integrity and responsibility.


Charitable Registration Number: 119305076RR0001

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