Write Canada Conferences

Write!Canada 2020 Conference and The Word Awards Gala Cancelled


After prayer and consideration, the board of The Word Guild decided it would be prudent to cancel the Write! Canada Conference and the Awards Gala celebration at Redeemer University in light of the current COVID-19 situation.

We’ve been looking forward to a great time at Redeemer in June, but we don’t want to put attendees at risk. Hopefully we will be able to resume Write! Canada at Redeemer next year.

For 2020, we plan to offer Write Canada Online – workshops and more. Stay tuned for news on this as plans develop.

The Awards program will otherwise continue as planned, with the short list announced first and then the winners announced in June. It’s too early to give details but we will be investigating how we might deliver the Awards Results program on-line.

People who have already registered for Write! Canada will have their fees refunded.


Write! Canada is an annual writers’ conference hosted by The Word Guild. Here, seasoned writers host workshops where writers of all experience levels and genres can meet and hone their skills.

Write! Canada 2020 – Perfect Your Vision


June 4-6, 2020 (Mark your calendars!)

The Word Awards Gala will immediately follow the conference on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Redeemer University College

Write! Canada will be held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. Registration and information on pricing, workshops, and accommodations are available now. The 2020 Write! Canada Team is busy getting plans put into place and more information will be available in February.

Write! Canada 2020 is an opportunity to meet with a community of other writers, to make friends, to be encouraged and motivated, to reflect on your own writing and, of course, to learn in the sessions.

Write! Canada 2020 co-directors

Helena Smrcek

Donna Lee Sisson


The full conference will be just $225 for members ($260 for nonmembers) and includes breakfast and lunch on both days and dinner on Friday.

One day registration (either Friday or Saturday) is available for $119 for members ($134 non-members).
(note: HST will be added to the quoted prices)

Registrants will have an opportunity to attend our “black tie” Awards Gala celebration of Christian writers Saturday evening at Redeemer for a discounted $40 with Conference Purchase.

To see some information about last year’s conference, you can click here.



Student apartments at Redeemer University College with either 3 or 4 bedrooms will be available. Each bedroom has 2 single beds. Price for a shared bedroom will be $45 per night/ $69 per night if you choose to have a bedroom to yourself. (Please note that you will be sharing the apartment with other attendees.)

If you prefer to make your own arrangements, there are a number of hotels in the area, including one in the same complex as Carmen’s Banquet Hall.

Do you have a workshop you’d like to propose?

Until January 15th, we will be accepting proposals for workshops. You can put in your proposal here: https://thewordguild.com/2020-workshop-proposal/

Public Transit To Redeemer

If you are travelling from the Toronto Pearson Airport, a good option to get to Hamilton is the GoTransit shuttle which leaves right from the terminal at the airport and will take you to the Hamilton Go Centre. The rates are reasonable ($12.70 for Adults / $6.35 for Seniors.)

From the Hamilton Go Centre there are city buses which can take you to Redeemer.

Bus maps

Of course a cab from the Go Centre is an option.


Check out The Word Guild’s Facebook page for updates on this event.