Pat the Dog is now accepting submissions to our inaugural Northerners’ Creation Unit! This program is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.

What we’re offering…

  • Weekly/bi-weekly virtual group sessions from January – May 2023, geared toward material generation, revision, and fellowship among participants.
  • In-session and take-home writing exercises, opportunities to read new work aloud and receive feedback, craft/process/career discussions based on participants’ interests and curiosities.
  • The opportunity to present work developed in the Unit at Playsmelter (May 11th – 14th 2023) in Sudbury.
  • An honorarium for participants.

We’re looking for applicants who are…

  • Interested in furthering their craft and connecting with other playwrights in Northern Ontario.
  • Inspired to begin or further develop a new project. Applicants are welcome to submit with an existing project, however, the structure of this Unit best serves projects that are in early stages of development (i.e. new ideas, or scripts that are pre-first draft)
  • Available to attend all sessions, and committed to dedicating time outside of sessions to write.
  • Currently based in Northern Ontario.

All activities prior to the Unit’s live public presentation at PlaySmelter will take place virtually over ZOOM. Ten weekly/bi-weekly virtual group sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm ET between January – May 2023.

Hear Pat the Dog Artistic Director Lisa O’Connell speak to Markus Schwabe on CBC’s Radio North about the Northerners’ Creation Unit!

Submission Requirements:

Click here to complete our submission form, where you will be asked to upload the following. Please include your full name in the title of ALL uploaded documents.

      • A Resume
        • Please include any relevant experience related to your work as a playwright/theatre artist
      • A Letter of Interest (max 1pg, PDF) that includes…
        • A brief introduction of who you are and why you’re applying to the ____ Unit. Please let us know where you feel you’re at in your journey as a playwright, and what you hope to gain from this experience.
        • A description of the project that you’d like to work on during the Unit. Whether it’s a fully fleshed out concept or the beginnings of a new idea, share your thoughts with us and let us know what you’re curious to explore further.
      • A writing sample (max 10 pgs double spaced, PDF)
        • This can either be from the play you intend to develop over the unit, or from previous work(s).

The Northerners’ Creation Unit welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who reflect the many communities that make up Northern Ontario. In particular, we will prioritize applications from artists who identify as IBPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Pat the Dog is committed to providing an accessible and barrier-free environment for its staff and artists. If you have questions or concerns about the accessibility of this application process, or the Unit itself, please feel free to reach out to Caitie at for accommodations.

All applicants will be contacted upon receipt of their submission, and again by the end of December regarding the status of their application.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:  November 30th, 2022 @ 11:59pm ET

For any questions and/or requests for accessibility accommodation, please reach Caitie at


Caitie is a dramaturg, playwright, and emerging screenwriter who is as excited about telling stories as she is about empowering others to do the same. Over her career as a dramaturg, Caitie has designed and facilitated several playwriting units for emerging artists, most notably at Tarragon Theatre (Young Playwrights Unit 2017-2020), and Driftwood Theatre Group, where she began as Company Dramaturg in 2020. Most recently, Caitie was the Assistant Dramaturg on Queen Goneril by Erin Shields at Soulpepper Theatre. Caitie has been compiling Pat the Dog’s monthly e-bulletin of resources for playwrights since 2017, and offering dramaturgical support to playwrights through the organization since 2022. She is thrilled to be taking her relationship with Pat the Dog one step further, by becoming facilitator of this exciting new Unit!