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October 30: Sunday Webinar: Writing Rights

  • 30 Oct 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Member Price: $10

Non-Member Price is $20

Writing Rights: The Evolution of Copyright and Contracts, with John Degen

The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is working with international partners to drive a global conversation about copyright protection for cultural work, and the evolution of publishing agreements. As much of publishing moves toward single book contracts and reduced service to authors, it’s imperative the contracts that publishers present to authors also change with the times. The International Authors Forum (IAF) has listed ten essential principles for modern, fair contracts that all authors should become familiar with. John Degen, CEO of The Writers’ Union of Canada and Chair of the IAF will discuss the changing nature of our cultural work, and how we can better protect our rights.


John Degen is Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), and Chair of the International Authors Forum (IAF) in the UK – serving and representing over 700,000 authors worldwide. He is a poet and novelist with three published books. John has worked for many years as an arts administrator, arts funder and policy advocate on cultural issues. He is the previous Literature Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, where he administered funding for Ontario’s writers, publishers and literary presenters, and was active in expanding the granting reach for that office into Ontario’s northern and indigenous communities. His essays and opinions have been published widely throughout Canada, including in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, THIS Magazine, The Hill Times, Canadian Notes and Queries, and the Literary Review of Canada. He has served on many boards and advisories in the literary and arts sector. His debut novel, The Uninvited Guest, was shortlisted for the 2006 First Novel Award.

Digital Doors Open at 1:55, Event Starts at 2PM

This event will be recorded.

Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council

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