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SWG Crossing Borders Research Project

Borders should not prevent the exchange of ideas, or the sharing of history and culture. The Crossing Borders project is inspired by the desire for a healthy exchange of ideas and goods such as books, as well as to build our creative community. To this end, SaskBooks, in consultation with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and The Writers’ Union of Canada, is undertaking the Crossing Borders Research Project.  The study was developed to identify barriers, opportunities, and best practices for providing stronger market access for writers and their books in the Prairie provinces and their border states.  We thank the League of Canadian Poets, Manitoba Writers Guild, and the Writers Guild of Alberta for their cooperation in running this study.

Here’s where you can help.

We ask you to complete a short survey — approximately 10 minutes — to increase our understanding of the relationship between Canadian writers and publishers and the American book market.  We will not collect any personal information, and your answers will remain anonymous. You may withdraw from the survey at any time by clicking out of the appropriate browser window. Results of the whole study may be published in the Crossing Borders final report, but answers will only be displayed in aggregate.  The final report may be distributed to the above-mentioned organizations, as well as affiliated publishing organizations, and other appropriate parties.  You will be emailed a copy of your answers upon completion of the survey.

The survey will be open until January 31st, 2020. 

Here is a link to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RVBJ6JB

For more information, or if you would like to offer your expertise to the study, contact lead researcher Aaron Murray at [email protected] or (306) 535-0668 or Brenda Niskala of SaskBooks, at [email protected] or (306) 780-9808. We thank you for your insight, to help build our creative communities at home and abroad.

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