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About the Event

Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures.

Politics and the Pen is a highlight of the capital’s social calendar and an important annual fundraising event benefiting the Writers’ Trust. The in-person event regularly attracts 500 guests from Canada’s political and literary circles. The 2021 digital event will feature a special presentation of the 21st Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and raise a toast to the good ol’ days and a cheers to the future. To date, Politics and the Pen has raised more than $5 million to support the programs of the Writers’ Trust. 

Typically held at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa, Politics and the Pen/La politique et l'écrit is a unique fundraiser bringing together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers’ Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously supported by CN.

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Jim Armour and Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and to committee members Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Catherine Clark, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Mader, and Francoyse Picard.

2021 Supporters

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