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Writers’ Union of Canada reconsiders policy on self-published authors

The Writers’ Union of Canada is asking members to vote on its long-standing policy of not admitting self-published authors.

According to CBC, TWUC members will make their decision at the organization’s annual general meeting on June 1 in Ottawa.

TWUC executive director John Degen told CBC there are strong voices on both sides of the argument. While he is unsure how the vote will turn out, he believes it is a good exercise in democracy.

The Writers’ Union of Canada represents over 1,900 authors across the country. To be eligible for membership, applicants must have a trade book published by a commercial or university press.