Manitoba Writers' Guild

May 15, 2020


PRESENTING . . .    NOUS VOUS PRÉSENTONS . . . * Alexander Kennedy  Isbister  Award for Non-Fiction / Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et  essais    Friends, Foes, and Furs: George Nelson’s Lake Winnipeg Journals, 1804–1822 edited by Harry W. Duckworth, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press sponsor: Manitoba Arts Council   * Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award / Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg The North-West Is Our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel’s …

Manitoba Writers' Guild

May 6, 2020

New Free-for-Members Program

Introducing our new MWG Book Chats – virtual events to access from the comfort of your own home! They will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Each evening starts with a Featured Published Author, followed by a brief Q&A. After the Q&A, we’ll have an Open Mic where members can share their writing, about 5 minutes per reading. We have quite a line-up of Manitoba Writers willing to participate, for …

Manitoba Writers' Guild

April 17, 2020

A great day for writers

 While a writer’s life is usually solitary, either sitting at a table with paper and pencil or tapping away at a typewriter or computer, this time of COVID-19 has us isolated from friends and family, too. So, it is with great pleasure that I share this news from the Manitoba Book Awards Committee: ENGLISH (Winnipeg, MB) – On behalf of the coalition producing the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards/Les Prix du livre du Manitoba, we are excited to …

Manitoba Writers' Guild

March 18, 2020

March news

In light of the COVID -19 situation, the ArtSpace building is closed to the public. As a result the Manitoba Writers’ Guild will be conducting our business virtually by monitoring and responding to emails only, There will not be anybody in the office to answer phone inquiries. All scheduled events will be postponed until further notice.  

Manitoba Writers' Guild

March 18, 2020


We will begin accepting submissions to the Manitoba Book Awards in September with a deadline being in mid-November. For further information, go to We will also be accepting applications for Mentors and Apprentices to the Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program, beginning in September with the deadline for applications being November 30, 2020. For further information, go to the Mentorship page of this website. All our programming will be delayed because of the current health crisis.

Manitoba Writers' Guild

March 18, 2020

Upcoming meetings

We are planning to have a town hall meeting with members and stakeholders to share the output from the strategic planning process we are in the process of completing. It is the intention to have a face to face meeting but this will obviously depend on the extent of the present health crisis. The venue and date will be announced later.   Our Annual General Meeting will be held mid-October. Voting privileges are allotted to …

Manitoba Writers' Guild

March 13, 2020

Strategic Planning

Following our member survey last year, it was decided by the Board of Directors to undertake a Strategic Planning exercise to provide a firm foundation for the future direction and activities of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. Thanks to the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation we have secured the services of Blueprint Inc to help facilitate the process. We are currently formulating our plan from input from members and key stakeholders and a workshop that …

January 9, 2019

2018 AGM minutes added. New Board members.

The last Annual General meeting was held October 19th, 2019, at the Henderson Library, the minutes from the previous AGM of  October 20th 2018 were approved and are posted here: AGM Minutes. Last year’s AGM minutes will be circulated ahead of our 2020 AGM, date to be advised. Also, the new list of Board members is here.

December 20, 2018

(CBC story) Well established but not well-off: Canada’s authors struggle to make ends meet, says study

Writers’ Union of Canada survey says its members’ incomes down by 27% from just 3 years ago It’s a story as old as the craft itself: an impoverished author, serving coffee or scrubbing floors while writing what would become a seminal novel. Except in Canada today, tales of financial hardship extend to writers who are established, have published several books and even those who have won major prizes. Read the full story.

December 19, 2018

Website under way

We are completely rebuilding the MWG Website. Please forgive our plain appearance, and slimmed down capabilities. Starting from scratch leaves no in-between content. It’s either ready for the new site, or out. Much of the fun stuff is still out. You can buy or renew your membership as always. 

June 19, 2018

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Manitoba Book Awards! Nous sommes heureux de vous presenter les gagnants pour les Prix du livre du Manitoba 2018!

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie Comma by Jennifer Still, published by Book*hug   The Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition   Book Design Children Shouldn’t Use Knives and Other Tales by Shirley Camia, cover and interior design by Matthew Stevens and Shirley Camia, illustrations by Cindy Mochizuki, published by At Bay Press   Children’s Illustration Where Do Sticky Buns Come From? by Jon McPhail, design …

Manitoba Writers' Guild

November 14, 2017

AGM Minutes

The following link will open the updated AGM minutes. MWG AGM Minutes 2017.

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