WANL: About

About WANL

The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1987 to contribute to a supportive environment for writing in the province.

WANL is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected annually at its AGM and Conference usually held in October, and by an executive director and an executive assistant. Board directors and other members of the association volunteer on one or more of the many committees that help carry out WANL's objectives and activities.

WANL works to serve the needs of writers in the province. Since these needs are many and various, our organization reflects the diversity of the writing community. Anyone interested in writing may become a full member of WANL on payment of a yearly membership fee. For details on membership, please view our join page.

The objectives of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador are to:
  • Establish a community of writers and develop an effective network of communication among writers in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Enhance the quality of writing in Newfoundland and Labrador, through such programs as workshops, meetings, readings, retreats and manuscript reading services;
  • Draw up guidelines and to circulate information on contracts, publishing, remuneration and other matters of interest to writers by means of a newsletter;
  • Encourage and develop public awareness and appreciation for the work of writers in this province;
  • Establish a liaison with educational institutions to promote the development of creative writing programs and related activities;
  • Lobby all levels of government and other organizations on behalf of writers;
  • Monitor the action and policies of provincial and national award granting bodies, to make this information available to all members and to take appropriate action;
  • Maintain contact with other Canadian and international writers' organizations.
WANL is involved with a number of projects and activities designed to meet these objectives. (For more information on these initiatives, view our programs page.) If writing is your passion, the members of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador would like to meet you.

Ongoing projects and programs offered by WANL:

Public readings

Manuscript Evaluation Service

Emerging Writers Mentorship program

Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers

Heritage and History Book Award


Professional development workshops

WORD newsletter

WANL Weekly e-bulletin
The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the City of St. John's.