Monday, 16 January 2012

PWAC-Sask Professional Development: Freelance Success Secrets

The Professional Writers' Association of Canada (PWAC), Saskatchewan chapter, would like to invite you to an upcoming professional development workshop in Regina.

When:  Saturday, Jan 21 · 1pm - 4pm
Where: Room 178 at Riddell Centre
            University of Regina
            Regina, SK

Get the clients, income and lifestyle you want. Learn how to market your artistic services. Make more prospects say “yes” and create new streams of income from your artistic medium. PWAC member, Kelly-Anne Riess is a professional writer who has written for such publications as the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic.  She has also written for television, and has several large corporate clients. She is the author of three books and has been shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award. She also received a University of Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Cost: PWAC members: No charge (if attending meeting after the workshop)
Non-PWAC-members: $20
IABC and EAC members: $15
Students: $10Space is limited so please register early. To register, please send your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and affiliated organization if any, to Please use "Registration for Jan. 21" in the subject line. Fees will be collected at the door, and receipts issued. Please note: If registrants are unable to attend, please email to cancel in advance or you may be billed for the cost after the date.
Sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Script Development.
To learn more about the Professional Writers' Association of Canada, visit


Thinking about volunteering this year?
Doreen Pendgracs' book, Before You Say Yes,  might help you decide.
Check out the review and interview
on Regina member Marie Powell's blog

ALSO UPCOMING in Winnipeg:
Doreen Pendgracs, national vice president for the Professional Writers Assn of Canada, is also leading a workshop in February and if you are in Winnipeg you will want to put this on your calendar!
The Writer's Number:
A Finance Workshop Tailored for Writers

Saturday February 25 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | 218-100 Arthur Street (Burns Family Classroom)
Cost: $40 for MWG members, $50 for non-members
Whether you are an established writer looking for some financial management guidance or a beginner who would like to establish a system to manage your finances professionally, this two-part workshop will provide a wealth of information for the writing professional. The day is broken into two parts. The morning will be led by Doreen Pendgracs, a seasoned freelance writer with great presentation skills, and will focus on general finance tools for writers. The afternoon will be led by financial specialist Ernest Gautron, who will guide you through the personal income tax process for writers.
Doreen Pendgracs has been a freelance writer for nearly 19 years and has done freelance projects for corporate clients, magazines, newspapers, websites and CBC radio. She is currently writing her fourth book, operates two blogs and is active on various social media sites. Doreen is a seasoned Toastmaster, has facilitated many workshops and been featured as a keynote speaker at various venues and events. Doreen will share her insights on how to make a living as a freelance writer, the importance of updating your skills, keeping accurate records, efficient invoicing and networking. Doreen is national vice president for the Professional Writers Assn of Canada and also a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Travel Media Assn of Canada and the Canadian Freelance Union. (link to Doreen's BLOG on the right hand side of this blog page under members' BLOGS list).
Ernest Gautron has been involved in and with the arts since 1975. Where he was administrator for Le Cercle Moliere and subsequently sat on numerous boards. He currently runs Gautron Management Services Inc, offering income tax services and financial insights to a varied client base which includes numerous artists; specifically, writers, playwrights, visual artists, actors, technicians, directors, artisans and other people involved in the cultural industries. I love putting the tax puzzle together for people. My first clients were actors and technicians.
Workshop schedule
9:30 am - 12:30pm - Finance for Writers
12:30 - 1:30 - lunch
1:30 pm - 4:30pm - Taxes for Writers
To register
Send a cheque made out to the Manitoba Writers' Guild to the address below and email or call (204) 944-8013.
Manitoba Writers' Guild
218-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg MB