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2016 Grants & Scholarships

***Deadline February 29th, 2016***

2106 Scholarship and Grants writing prompt

2106 Scholarship and Grants writing prompt


The mission of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR) is to encourage writers at all levels of their development by offering opportunities for support, education and networking and promoting the value of writers and writing.

As part of this mandate, in 2016, the WCDR will continue a Grant and Scholarship program, for its members, partially funded in past years through donations by the Mark Cullen family, contributing members of the WCDR and the Pay It Forward program.

This program has two goals:

  1. to allow writers to further the development of their craft by assisting in the payment of costs related to the advancement of their education, fulfillment of publishing aims or other appropriate writing related activities.
  2. to support writers who might not otherwise have the financial resources to pursue these endeavours.

Grant/Scholarship Application criteria

  • Each applicant must be a member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region.
  • Grants will be awarded from $100.00 to $500.00 (Approx. $3,000.00 will be dispersed to selected applicants who successfully complete the application process.)


Full list of Rules and application forms


Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary act!


We want you! Whether you’re ready to call yourself a writer, or if your career as a writer is already established, you can benefit from being part of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region (WCDR). We have plenty to offer those who live in the Durham Region, but if you don’t, hang on before clicking away! While we are known for our RoundTable meetings (in Ajax, Ontario), there are many other benefits to being a member of our writing community.

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Check out this 4-minute video of a RoundTable meeting!



Every month, we celebrate with a RoundTable meeting at the Ajax Convention Center, and we love everything that encompasses: writing, books, sales, contests, raffles, workshops, announcements, speakers, celebrations, networking, workshops, blue pencils…and breakfast.


Be sure to get your submissions ready for the October 25th 2015 deadline for our short story contest Phoenix, judged by Alissa York.

From TwitterFacebook and now Instagram we’ve got social media covered.  Access our members-only forums & discussion boards (returning soon) to mingle with other WCDR members remotely (with some as far as Alberta!).


Got a pricy retreat or workshop you’d like to take to develop your craft? Members can apply for our yearly grants & scholarships, with substantial sums awarded to a variety of writers, from beginner to advanced!


Looking to develop your craft? We sponsor quality one-day workshops on a variety of topics, and every month, RoundTable attendees can also register for one of our mini-workshops. We organize one-on-one and pitch sessions with some of the best industry professionals (editors and agents). Of course, these are at a discount to members! Browse our events/workshops calendar to take advantage of what else is available to you.


Attend one of our events, such as Words of the Season, where you can go up to the mic and read your work aloud, or simply be part of the audience to enjoy the show. Participate in literary events, like the Word on the Street, where we have a booth every year. Check out our events/workshops calendar to see what else is going on.


Keep up to date with our literary newsletter, The Word Weaver. Members receive their copies directly to their inboxes and can pitch to contribute articles—whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, your voice can find a spot in our newsletter!

If you’re looking to keep up to date with what’s going on with the organization, to find out about writing-related events going on, or to get news updates about our members, sign up for our informational newsletter The Buzz! (Enter your email at the top of the sidebar to sign up for this free WCDR newsletter.)


Obtain feedback on your work: Meet critique partners and/or beta readers at meetings or online in the forums; register for blue-pencil sessions at the RoundTable meetings; find a writing circle; register for a pitch session or one-on-one with industry professionals; read your work at Words of the Season; find quality, reputable editors.


These are just a few of our membership benefits. To find out more, please visit our membership page.

We want you to know we do welcome writers in all stages of their craft. If you’re looking to get motivated to take your writing more seriously, give us a try! If you’ve published before and you’d like opportunities to network with fellow authors, give us a try! If you’re a freelance writer, a nonfiction writer, or a blogger, give us a try!

Meet the board of directors of the WCDR. After all, they all started out as members–some even as quite recent members of the organization. The Writers’ Community of Durham Region encourages writers at all levels; offers opportunities for support, education and networking; and promotes the value of writers and writing. And that just happens to be our mission statement.

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February 13th Guest Speaker

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February Mini-Workshop

Gwen Tuinman

Gwen Tuinman

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction


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