Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
Address: 223 Duckworth Street, Suite 202. Haymarket Square, St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1
Toll free: 1.866.739.5215
Founded in 1987, the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) contributes to a supportive environment for writing in the province; works to nurture and inspire writers at all levels and stages of their careers; fosters public recognition of NL writers; advocates for the well-being of writers; and promotes the enhancement of the literary arts in the province and beyond.
WANL is a not-for-profit, member-based organization. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the writing/publishing sector.
Highlights of Programs/Services Offered:
- Manuscript Evaluation Service: The Manuscript Evaluation Service is designed for writers at all levels who are interested in having their manuscript evaluated by a qualified writer and who are willing to hear constructive criticism. It can be particularly valuable for writers living in rural areas where access to workshops and other literary opportunities are limited.
- Mentorship Program for Emerging Writers: The apprentice position is designed for writers who have a substantial work-in-progress and who are committed to the creative development of their writing. The mentor position is designed for writers with a history of publication and a commitment to the craft of writing.
- Writers for Hire: A directory of writers in Newfoundland and Labrador available for hire. WANL works to enhance and protect the rights of our writers and has identified the right to be fairly compensated for their work as a high priority for our members.
- Writers must be paid for their services, including readings, manuscript evaluations, proposal writing, editing, school visits, etc (funding for some of these activities, such as school visits, may be available through sources such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and school boards).
- Workshops: Workshops are offered at various times throughout the year. Workshops have included topics on both the craft and business of writing, such as creative non-fiction, advanced poetry, character development, writing dialogue, grammar basics, book reviewing, play writing, script writing, digital marketing, taxes and the writer, writing for radio, editing, creative writing for youth, and more.