TWUC releases Writer’s Bill of Rights for the Digital Age

Via The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada has released “A Writer’s Bill of Rights for the Digital Age 2.0.”

The first version of the Bill of Rights was released in 2011. This version, the result of extensive input from writers and consultation within the industry, was released during The Writers’ Union’s annual OnWords Conference and Annual General Meeting, which took place in Vancouver from May 24 to 27.

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Writers’ Union of Canada Presents Freedom to Read Award to Lawrence Hill

The Writers’ Union of Canada has announced that the recipient of its 2012 Freedom to Read Award is the Canadian author Lawrence Hill.

“We are delighted that Lawrence Hill will be this year’s recipient,” said Greg Hollingshead, Chair of the Union. “We felt that he deserved this honour on the basis of his reasoned and eloquent response to the threat to burn his novel The Book of Negroes.”

The title The Book of Negroes is drawn from that of a 1783 historical document, which lists the names of Black Loyalists who, having fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War, were to be transported to Nova Scotia. Roy Groenburg of The Netherlands, finding the use of the word “Negro” in the title of Mr. Hill’s novel offensive, burned the cover and publicly threatened to burn the book.

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Call for Submissions in TWUC’s Writing For Children Competition

The Writers’ Union of Canada has announced that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2012 for the 16th annual Writing for Children Competition. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 1,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

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