Professional Writers Association of Canada

PWAC: What is PWAC?  We serve Canadian non-fiction freelance writers across the country. As a not-for-profit, we reflect your broader professional interests and advocate for Canadian writers to receive fair pay, contracts and treatment. Our goals are to:

  • Promote the value, rights and interests of professional non-fiction Canadian writers
  • Deliver outstanding resources and professional development to Canada’s freelance writers
  • Provide a critical bridge to connect writers with clients


n 1976, a group of freelance writers met to discuss improving working conditions and rates for writers in Canada’s magazine and newspaper industries. They founded the not-for-profit Periodical Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). We’ve played a leading role in these industries ever since.

PWAC changed its name to the Professional Writers Association of Canada in 2005. The change reflects our members’ widening professional interests beyond magazines and newspapers, and how much the global digital economy has transformed professional writing.

Today, you name it, PWAC members write it: websites, articles, books, speeches, newsletters, media releases, white papers, reports, advertising and brochure copy, sales and marketing material, training manuals, film scripts, radio and television documentaries and much more.

So if you’re a non-fiction freelance writer writing for pay, join us! Stay up to date on changing trends as you expand your network, skills and opportunities.

PWAC’s Mandate:

  • Foster an environment where professional non-fiction writers are respected for their skill and fairly compensated for their work
  • Provide a collective voice to promote the value of members’ work
  • Support and promote members at all stages of their careers
  • Lobby for freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Canada as a founding principle of PWAC

Read our latest strategic plan here.