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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 2020 digital event will feature a special presentation of the 20th Shaughnessy Cohen Prize as well as memorable moments from past galas. To date, Politics and the Pen has raised more than $4.5 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 brings 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, Catherine Clark and Jim Armour, and to committee members Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Alayne Crawford, Stelios Doussis, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Mader, Francoyse Picard, and Jill Scheer.

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