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Announcing PWAC's 2018 Conference Sept. 20-23, 2018
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PWAC is excited to announce our 2018 Conference, in partnership with Canadian Media Guild Freelance, being held from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23, 2018.  Our theme this year is LEVEL UP!  We're well into the planning process, and the preliminary program is posted.

This year's Conference will be held in Toronto (at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, located at 750 Spadina Avenue (at the intersection of Bloor St. and Spadina Ave., right on the subway).  We will be kicking things off with a welcome reception on Thursday at our Conference hotel, the Marriott Bloor Yorkville. Then we have two days of great Professional Development, including the return of the popular Working Tours, where you'll get some great story ideas from Toronto "hot spots." Our PD sessions include:

  • Contracts: As these become more important for writers, it pays you to understand how to navigate them, and these sessions will help you.  You'll also learn some risk management skills.
  • Collaborating with other professionals: There are increased opportunities for you to multiply your impact and increase your revenue by working as a team with editors, graphic designers, photographers, videographers and other allied professions.  This session will show you how to capitalize on the power of collaboration.
  • Writing and publishing your first book: For many writers, authoring a book is both a natural extension of their writing and a chance to make an impact on an area about which they care.  In this practical session, you'll find out how to go from idea to finished product with PWAC member, author and speaker Ann Douglas.
  • Speed networking/mentoring: Wouldn't it be useful to meet with several clients in a business-focused environment to pitch your story ideas?  That's one of the things you can accomplish with this first-ever speed networking/mentoring session.  You can also benefit from the experience of more seasoned PWAC/CMG Freelance members and find out what products/services offered by suppliers to our profession can work for you so you can truly level up your career!

There's more - using social media, teaching your craft, and getting work with the CBC to name a few.  We will also be screening the award-winning film California Typewriter.  Be sure to take a look at our preliminary program for full information.

The Conference is followed by the PWAC Annual General Meeting on Sunday morning, September 23.  Then our weekend wraps up at the Word on the Street Festival at Harbourfront on the afternoon of September 23, where PWAC and CMG Freelance will share a booth. Drop by and see us there or, better yet, consider volunteering at our booth. This will be another great networking opportunity, and a great place to meet other writers, editors, publishers and booksellers.  It's a wonderful event, and a great way to cap off our time in Toronto.

Our preliminary program is now available here.

Ready to register?  Early Bird Registration (extended to August 30) is open here.

The early bird rate for members for the full Conference package is $325 (no GST/HST); this will increase to $375 August 17 - save 13% by registering now!

Conference attendance is easy!

We provide two different ways for you to experience our Conference:
  • The full in-person package - the traditional way - which gives you access to all social/networking events and all professional development sessions
  • The PD-only package - includes only the professional development sessions

No matter your preference, we have a package to suit you.  Keep checking this page and watch your email for further information!

Want a Hotel? Book by August 20 and Save $200!

Toronto can be expensive in September, but we've got you covered.  PWAC and CMG Freelance have obtained a special rate at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor Street East (6 minutes by subway from the Miles Nadal JCC) - $286 single occupancy and $306 double occupancy.  This is $200 off their regular rate for this time period!  To book online:

Single: Book your group rate for CMG Freelance-PWAC

Double: Book your group rate for CMG Freelance-PWAC (Double Rate)

Flying to Toronto? Getting There is a Piece of Cake!

We have negotiated a deal with WestJet for discounts (visit http://www.westjet.com) and enter discount code VEFXKWM). Getting to the hotel from Pearson International Airport is easy with the UP Express to Union Station and then a short ride on the TTC.  If you are arriving in Toronto by VIA Rail, Coach Canada, or at Billy Bishop Airport (the Toronto Island airport), the hotel is easily accessible by TTC. Of course there are plenty of taxis in Toronto too.

Looking forward to seeing you Sept. 20-23, 2018 in Toronto!

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