The Writers’ Trust of Canada
460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1
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.
- 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.