News & Events

  • Unauthorized Communication

    A Message to Members of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild:

    Contrary to any email or other communication you might have received from an entity calling itself “Manitoba Book Awards Inc.”, such an organization is not working in collaboration with the Manitoba Writers’ Guild nor the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers. A public announcement regarding the 30th Manitoba Book Awards was not authorized by either the Manitoba Writers’ Guild or the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers.

    There has been no agreement to have the Manitoba Book Awards assumed by any outside organization or committee.

    We hope to have more clarity on this issue presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, which is on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 2-4pm in the Burns Family Classroom (Guild Office), 218-100 Arthur Street, in Artspace in downtown Winnipeg.

  • Upcoming Workshops

    Graphic Novel Writing Workshop with Scott Henderson on October 14 from 10-4. Members: $65 Non-members: $100 Student/Low Income: $35/(non-member) $45
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    Elementary, My Dear Watson, Mystery Writing Workshop with Catherine Hunter on Sunday, October 29, from 10-4 Members: $85 Non-members: $110
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    On November 4 from 10-2, join Doreen Pendgracs for a Building an Author Platform workshop.


    Clare Marshall and Samantha Beiko will be holding a double workshop on Sunday, November 5th in the Burns Family Classroom on “How to be  a Successful Indie Author“. Buy Tickets


    The Story Tellers Almanac, Fiction Writing Basics with Rick Donovan, Saturday November 25 from 10-4.


    More on the horizon. Keep checking.

  • Upcoming Events

    Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program: We are now accepting submissions to the program. Deadline will be November 3, 2017. Since funds are tight, we will only be accepting 3 applicants, this year. Read details hereGood luck to all applicants!


    Thompson: A Used Book Sale! Boreal Discovery Centre, Thompson MB. Saturday, October 14th, 2017,  10am – 2 pm


    Also, this weekend, member Teresa-Lee Cooke is launching her book, “A Union of People and Song – A Tribute to Einar Nordstrom“. The launch will be held on Sunday, October 15 at 2:30 p.m. Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers.


    Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail is returning to the University of Manitoba campus for an evening of poetry reading and dialogue with President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard.  Micheal O’Siadhail (pronounced mee-hawl o’sheel) has published 16 collections of poetry over the span of nearly four decades. Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Marshall McLuhan Hall at the U of M Fort Garry campus. Copies of One Crimson Thread will be available for purchase and signing for $20. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. A reception will follow.

    RSVP to or by phoning 204-474-9071.


    On Thursday October 19 at 7:00 pm, Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson will  discuss their book Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. Following a book discussion there will be a public Q&A and signing.  For more event information, contact: John Toews | McNally Robinson Booksellers, | 204-453-0424, ex 227


    Save the date: Our AGM will be held on Sunday, October 22 from 2-4 pm in the Burn’s Family Classroom (Guild Office) . We’ll have baking, beverages and door prizes (such as books, free membership), plus you get to vote in new board members.


    The next Writers Circle critique group will meet on Thursday, October 26, from 7-9pm. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan ( Sorry, we can only accommodate 6 participants per session.


    Speaking of critiquing, a Blue Pencil Session with Gretchen Derige has been arranged for Sunday, November 26 from 2-4 pm. We can take 6 participants so please contact the Guild office to reserve your spot (204-944-8013). Participants should email ( up to 10 pages of fiction you would like critiqued at least a week before the session, so Gretchen can review your work and give advice on Nov. 26th. No poetry for this session, please. We will have a facilitator for a Poetry Blue Pencil Session in the new year.


    Pajama Party! We’ve been throwing around the idea of a 24 hour writing marathon during NaNoWriMo. We’ve booked the classroom for November 18/19 from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday. For a $5-$10 fee, we will provide beverages (non-alcoholic), chili (a pot with meat and one without) and buns, baking and munchies, as well as toast and muffins for breakfast. Please let the Guild office know if you are interested in participating in this fun writing event. We can probably accommodate 10 participants.


    Public Reading Grants: The Manitoba Arts Council will be taking over the administration of the program. A link will be provided soon, or you can contact Martine Friesen ( ) or the MAC office at 204-945-8630)

  • Current Board Members

    We have a list of the current board members here.

    The MWG is seeking a volunteer to take over the Financial Chair’s position. This person does not necessarily need to be a member, but they must have the skills this positions requires. Please contact any board member, call or email the office if you are interested in this position.

  • Public Reading Grant Program

    The Manitoba Arts Council will be taking over the Public Reading Grant Program. See details here.

  • New Office Hours

    Please note: we do not currently have any staff members, and the office is open thanks to our volunteers. If you would like to help keep the office available to members, please call or drop an email.

    Tuesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Wednesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Friday 10:00 am: – 2:00 pm
    *If you are planning to come by the Guild offices, please call first to make sure volunteers haven’t stepped out of the office.

    The offices of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild are located on the second floor of Artspace (The Gault Building), right across the street from Old Market Square park. SEE MAP

  • New Website on the way

    We have successfully gained access to the original MWG website, and have moved it to a Manitoba server. Kudos to the old host, BlackSun hosting in Saskatchewan. Their support staff was great through the whole process, even though they were helping us leave. And big thanks to Rod Salm (, our new host, for giving us an initial price break, plenty of help, and going above and beyond on the long weekend.

    Preparations are underway for a completely new site that will be far easier for volunteers and staff to update and keep members informed. We will update the current site as necessary, but please be patient for the full plan. Any new features or enhancements will be added once the new site is launched.

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