Tuesday, 29 May 2012

PWAC@MagNet Conference fast approaching!

Hello all PWAC members in the Prairies and the North Region!
Just writing to let you all know I am off to the National Conference and AGM as part of MagNet conference in Toronto next week (Canada’s Magazine Conference Jun 5 – 8, 2012 Magnet.MagazinesCanada.ca)
Some of you are also attending and I look forward to meeting with all our Regional delegates.
Our Regional meeting is set for Thursday June 7th in the Courtyard Marriott host hotel in the Bay Room from 12:30 to 1:45.
I look forward to welcoming you all in attendance but also I would ask those who are not able to attend the PWAC@MagNet this year to feel free to send along any concerns or questions you wish to be raised during our Regional meeting at the conference. I will report back to everyone on the notes of that session. There was a request that perhaps those not attending be able to skype into the meeting – I am not promising that could work but we could try – so if you are wanting to do that please contact me with your skype details and perhaps a few of us there can make that happen!
The annual regional Board reports, committee reports, budget and full annual report package will be available and sent from head office shortly. I encourage you all to read them and again please feel free to voice any concerns or comments to me to bring to the AGM on your behalf. The AGM is set at the end of the MagNet conference on Friday Jun 8, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Courtyard Marriott host hotel. Again I will follow up with a post conference and AGM report following the events.
For those attending I look forward to meeting you all in person. For those not able to make it consider planning to attend next year as PWAC@MagNet is a rewarding annual conference. If Toronto seems to far and costly sets your sights on planning to attend the first Regional conference coming in September hosted by the Saskatchewan Chapter in Saskatoon – this will be a great event and more details from Chapter President Bonnie Zink:
PWAC-SK has joined with PWAC-Calgary to plan and deliver the first annual PWAC Prairies and the North regional conference. This one-day professional development opportunity is open to PWAC members and professionals working in creative industries across Saskatchewan, our region, and Canada. Connect, Celebrate, and Collaborate, will highlight the success of PWAC professionals as they present delegates with expertise on developing best practices and applying them to their own success.

Presenters include Doreen Pendgracs (two-hour travel writing workshop) and Marie Powell-Mendenhall, a successful Saskatchewan professional members. Delegates include PWAC members, professionals working in the creative industries, members of other writing related organizations, and anyone who is interested in learning how to develop best practices and how to apply them to their own success.

Date: September 22, 2012
Location: The Refinery, 507 & 509 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon SK
Early Bird Fees (available until August 15, 2012): PWAC members $75; partnering organization members $100; general public $120
 With the support of PWAC National, this event has the potential to become a hallmark annual event that will encourage membership growth while developing stronger ties between chapters within our region as well as promote PWAC members as accomplished professional writers ready to put their expertise to work for potential clients from local communities and business sectors. Sponsors currently include PWAC National, Saskatchewan Tourism, and the Saskatoon Writers' Coop.

Thank you to all our Chapter President and members who help make our PWAC Prairies and the North region a great place to be!
More news later this month when I return from Toronto, Board Meetings and MagNet.

Happy summer just around the corner!

Michelle Greysen
Regional Director PWAC Prairies and the North

Thursday, 3 May 2012

NATIONAL & REGIONAL Conferences scheduled

Canada's Magazine Conference - JUNE 5-8, 2012 
PWAC is a participating organization at MagNet and hold the PWAC AGM during the  
conference as well as hosting many exciting events and sessions. 
  It is not too late to be a delegate for your Chapter!

         SAVINGS for early bird rate your registration must be received by 5:00 pm (EST) on May 4, 2012.

Join PWAC Prairies and the North as members come together in sunny Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan to connect, collaborate, and celebrate with PWAC professionals about bestpractices and travel writing. 

This full-day conference features:

  • Learning about best practices in the business of writing from Marie Powell-Mendhall and Darrel Noakes, two successful PWAC-SK members.
  • A two-hour workshop, delivered by Doreen Pendgracs, that will help attendees learn how to create a travel story from virtually any experience, whether at home in their own backyard or half way around the world. The workshop will also focus on developing markets for travel writing and how to seize the many opportunities that are right in front of you.
  • learn how to develop your skills and apply them to your success as a freelancer from the professionals: This panel discussion features professional writers living, working, and making a living in a diverse range of markets across the PWAC Prairies and the North region.
Contact Bonnie Zink, PWAC-SK President, at bonnie@bonniezink.com for more detail or to register.
  • Date: September 22, 2012
  • Location: The Refinery, 507 & 509 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon, SK
  • Time: 9:00 am registration with program to begin at 9:45 am
  • Fees: PWAC members $75; partnering organization members $100; and general public $120