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  • 06 Jul 2018 7:38 AM | David Petrie (Administrator)

    Registration for the joint PWAC - CMG Freelance Branch Conference is now open.  This event, being held September 20-23 in Toronto, offers two full days of professional development, social events and networking opportunities.

    PD this year includes:

    • Contracts - how to negotiate them, ways to avoid common pitfalls, and steps you can take to mitigate risks that clients are increasingly asking writers to bear
    • Collaborating with other professionals - learn about the power of teams, how to work with other professionals, and marketing strategies for "turn key" writing solutions
    • Getting work with the CBC - yes, there are still freelance opportunities with Canada's national broadcaster. Find out how you can tap them
    • Your first book - how can you organize yourself to produce that book you know you have in you, and how to see it through publishing and distribution
    • Teaching your craft - do you want to help other aspiring writers? Learn how to do so while generating extra income
    • Social media - you've heard the hype about social media; find out how to use it successfully to your advantage
    For the first time this year, we'll be bringing writers together with potential clients and mentors in a speed networking event. You'll have the opportunity, in 15 minute sessions, to connect with organizations looking for writers and with writers willing to mentor you.  Bring your story pitches and questions!

    What does it cost?  Early bird registration is only $325 (ends August 16), and regular registration is $375 - register now and save 13%!

    You can find more detailed information about the Conference here.  If you're ready to register, please click here.

    The Conference will be followed by the PWAC Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 23.
  • 06 Jul 2018 7:31 AM | David Petrie (Administrator)

    PWAC is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2018 PWAC writing and volunteer awards.  Nominations will be accepted until midnight, Monday, July 23, 2018.

    Writing Awards

    • Barbara Novak Award for Excellence in Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing (open to PWAC members only)
    • Best Feature Article Award (open to all)
    • Best Short Article Award (open to all)
    • Editor of the Year Award (only PWAC members may nominate, but non-members are eligible to be nominated)
    Volunteer Awards (open to PWAC members only)
    • Regional Volunteer Awards
    • Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award
    For full information on our awards, or to submit your nomination, please visit our awards page.
  • 12 Jun 2017 8:44 AM | David Petrie (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination for the PWAC Awards and to those who registered to attend the 2017 PWAC Conference in Fredericton, either in person or virtually.  Please note that nominations for the Awards are now closed, as is Conference registration.  Please watch this page for news of the 2018 Awards and the 2018 Conference.

    For information on the 2017 Award winners, please see https://pwac.ca/2017-Award-Winners.

  • 31 Mar 2017 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    The registration for the 2017 edition of PWAC's annual awards - Barbara Novak Award, Feature Article Award, Short Article Award, Editor of the year Award, Lawrence Jackson Outstanding Achievement Award and Regional Volunteer Awards - is now open. Click on the Awards link in the navigation banner for the full details.

    Members need to sign in to access the member discounts.

    Deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday, April 21st.


  • 29 Jan 2017 12:41 PM | George Butters (Administrator)

    Here's the Tentative Schedule for PWAC's 2017 AGM and Conference and including the professional development opportunities when you join us in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in May.


  • 29 Jan 2017 12:35 PM | George Butters (Administrator)

    Our 2017 AGM and Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick, are beginning to take shape.

    We've created a publicly accessible page in the News section of the website where you can learn what to expect, what to see and do, and what you'll be able to learn from the multiple professional development streams.

    See you in May!

    Cheers,

    George

  • 27 Jun 2016 10:51 AM | George Butters (Administrator)

    Writers.ca - the much ballyhooed and much maligned mega-project is essentially in lock-down mode. The site didn't live up to its promises, cost an exorbitant amount of money, and thanks to out-of-date software, was the target of a hacker attack.

    But that's in the past, and we're looking to the future.

    PWAC.ca is our members-only clubhouse, while Writers.ca is our public-facing web property.

    There have been suggestions that we dump it and stick with just one website. I disagree: Writers.ca has enormous potential to attract people looking for writers to our (public) door.

    Many of the useful features on PWAC.ca - such as our events calendar and Find A Writer directory of our members can be added quite easily to Writers.ca (in fact, they can be added to chapter websites as well).

    This special forum was set up specifically to get the conversation going about Writers.ca and we need you to weigh in.

    ACCESSING THE NEW FORUM: Log into your PWAC.ca account, and once logged in, you'll find the link to Writers.ca Forum under the Members tab in the main navigation bar near the top of the page.

    Cheers,

    George



  • 09 Jun 2016 8:30 PM | George Butters (Administrator)

    The 2016 AGM is tomorrow (June 10) in Vancouver. Log into your account, navigate to the Professional Forum in the Members section and you can view it for yourself.

    Cheers,

    George


  • 13 Apr 2016 1:01 PM | Anonymous

    Several of our members are giving presentations as part of Editors Canada's conference in Vancouver. PWAC will also have a meet and greet for members on Thursday (9 June). We'll also have some seminars, our 40th Annual General Meeting and a PWAC dinner the following day. The details are still being worked out and will be posted as soon as they are available.

  • 08 Feb 2016 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    Sorry - the new PWAC Job Board is for members only.

    Once you log in, you'll see the Members tab on the navigation bar. The Job Board is at the bottom of the list.

    You can sign up for instant notifications of Job Board postings, which will arrive by email.



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