Despite George's successful writing career, the Woodcocks were well aware of the difficulties faced by those who have chosen to devote their lives to literature.
Not only is writing a solitary profession with no health benefits or pension plans, not only is little or no income generated during the long pre-publication period when a book is being born, there is no guarantee that even when a book is published it will generate enough income to provide a decent standard of living.
A number of factors contribute to a book’s financial success (quality being only one of them) and almost all of these factors are impossible to control.
The Woodcock Fund was not created with the capacity to respond to the current public health crisis. We ask that writers approaching the Woodcock Fund who have as the source of their emergency the financial fallout from COVID-19, apply to the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund.
The Woodcock Fund will continue to operate but will be restricted to taking on applications that have as their primary cause unforeseen emergencies that are not COVID-19 related.
Please contact the program director should you need guidance on which fund to apply to.