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BWS 05.10.23 report: Grant Writing 101 by Dominik Parisien

Dominik Parisien is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian and the author of the poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020) and the forthcoming memoir On a Scale of 1 to 500 Miles: A Memoir of Chronic Pain (Penguin Canada). He also co-edited several award-winning anthologies, including Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, The Mythic Dream, and The Starlit Wood

Grant Writing 101

One of the challenges of applying for grants is not knowing where to begin. In my presentation I discussed some of the fundamentals of grant application, which can be found here:

The various granting bodies also have guides or resources to assist you in your application. However, support resources can at times be difficult to locate. Here are some useful links to help you in your application process.

Toronto Arts Council: 

Ontario Arts Council:

Canada Council for the Arts:

  • This page includes links to several parts of the application process.
  • The profile creation process for the CCA can take a bit of time, and their system also needs several weeks to activate a profile. Create your account well before deadlines.


Application support is available for deaf and disabled creators, or artists living with mental health. Through these programs an applicant may request an assistant to help throughout their application process, including completing the report after a successful application.

Applicants should contact the officers or administrators several weeks before the deadline in order to give enough time to process a support request.

Toronto Arts Council:  

  • Applicants can request up to $500 for support.
  • The page provides a link to the contact information for the managers responsible for each program.

Ontario Arts Council:

  • The relevant section here is the Accessibility Fund: Application Support.
  • In order to apply for this program the applicant can contact the program administrator, Naomi Chorney:
  • Applicants can request up to $500 for support.

Canada Council for the Arts:

  • This program also supports First Nations, Inuit, or Métis creators facing language, geographic, or cultural barriers.
  • Support can be request for both the creation of a profile and applying to the grant itself.
  • The website details the amounts you can request and provides contact information.
  • Amounts vary depending on the support requested.

Some of the granting bodies have grants dedicated to specific demographics across disciplines. These can be easily missed when applying. Some of these include:

For research-based work — Access Copyright Foundation:

  • Although the application portal gives the impression their focus is exclusively on the arts in Saskatchewan, SK Arts administers grants for the Access Copyright Foundations and writers across Canada can apply for grants. 


These should help in you application process. As I mention in the presentation, grant officers and administrators can answer general questions and provide additional support in your application process, as well as provide some feedback in certain cases. Don’t hesitate to contact them for help.


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BWS 05.10.23: In Case You Missed It!

We had an amazing group of writers talk about their work and share their writing with us this past Wednesday. It was a wonderful evening with topics of queerness, identity, personal relationship, and societal issues. It was lovely having all our participants in person as well!

Click here to see the recorded live stream of our May 10th event featuring Douglas Davey, Sahar Golshan, Dwayne Morgan, and Andrew F. Sullivan, with guest speaker Dominik Parisien who spoke to us about grant writing.

We are so thrilled to still be offering our events in a hybrid format. Please stay tuned for more updates about our next events and readers.

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Brockton Writers Series 10.05.23: Sahar Golshan

(photo credit Soko Negash)

Sahar Golshan is a writer, language learner, and the director of the short documentary KAR. She is the 2022 winner of the Marina Nemat Award for Creative Writing in Non-Fiction. Her picture book TOO LOUD! will be published in spring 2024 by Annick Press and is illustrated by Shiva Delsooz.

Twitter: @SaharGolshan

Instagram: @sahargolshanwriting



KAR (2019) directed by Sahar Golshan

Mohammad has worked as a pizza delivery man, a driving instructor, and a taxi driver. With the rise of ride-sharing apps like Uber, he is now unemployed. A weekend drive with his daughter prompts reflection on cars, labour, and family.

The short documentary KAR had its world premiere at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2019. The film was selected by the festival’s shorts jury for the Air Canada Short Film Award. Upon selection, KAR was presented in a curated programme on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment in 2020.

In September 2021, KAR had its international premiere at the Minikino International Short Film Festival in Bali, Indonesia.

Additional Awards:

  • 2019 Canada Shorts Canadian and International Short Film Festival Award of Commendation
  • 2020 University of Guelph-Humber Film Festival People’s Choice Award

Additional Screenings:

  • 2020 University of Guelph – Humber Annual Film Festival
  • 2021 Canadian Labour International Film Festival
  • 2021 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival

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