At its 40th annual general meeting this weekend, The Writers’ Union of Canada voted unanimously on a resolution to open its membership to self-published authors. The resolution will now be presented to TWUC members in a referendum, which needs a two-thirds majority to pass.
The resolution comes with three criteria that self-published authors must meet in order to be considered for membership. Self-published books must contain an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), demonstrate “commercial intent,” and be peer-reviewed.
In a press release, outgoing chair Merilyn Simonds describes the resolution as a landmark decision … that addresses our sincere desire for inclusion and innovation, while maintaining our tradition of defining and upholding professional standards for writers in Canada.
At the meeting, which took place in Ottawa, TWUC also named its new chair: novelist Dorris Heffron, author most recently of City Wolves (Dundurn Press).