To advance and nurture Canadian writers and foster a vibrant Canadian writing community.
About Writers' Trust of Canada
The Writers’ Trust of Canada was founded in 1976 by Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young and our mission is to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing. We strive to make Canada the best place in the world to be a professional writer, and to ensure that Canadian voices are heard.
The Writers’ Trust puts more money into the hands of professional writers than any other non-profit organization or foundation in the country. With generous support from donors, we reward and celebrate the finest Canadian writers and writing with nine prestigious national literary awards; we offer scholarships to emerging writers; we support writers who contribute their brilliant work to The Walrus; we offer writers the opportunity to live and write for three months at Berton House, our writers’ retreat in Pierre Berton’s childhood home in the Yukon; and we provide emergency funding to writers in crisis through our Woodcock Fund grant program.