Monday, 10 November 2014


Kelly-Anne Ries, PWAC Manitoba Chapter President is happy to invite all PWAC members to our Regional Conference, Nov 29-30 in Winnipeg, MB.

The free PWAC events are as follows:

Start Your Writing Career 
November 29. 2014
A day of free writing workshops hosted in partnership with the Manitoba chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Millennium Library.

All events are in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg. 251 Donald Street

Secrets to Freelance Writing Success (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
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. Join Kelly-Anne Riess, a professional writer who has written for such publications as the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. She has also worked for television, and has several large corporate clients. She is the author of three books and was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award.

How to profit from self-publishing (presented by Malene Jorgenson, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)
Self-publishing often gets a bad reputation, because there is a misconception that self-published works lack quality and value. However, the reality is that self-published works can be just as valuable - if not more valuable - than traditionally-published works. Self-published works can also be more profitable if the writer knows how to market the book. And luckily for Canadian writers, self-publishing - and listing your book internationally - is actually a straight-forward process.

Crowdfund your book project (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
If everyone gave $5.00 to buy your book before it was written. You could publish the book yourself and get it directly to interested readers without a traditional book publisher. This is the power of crowdfunding. Interested in learning more? Join award-winning authors Arthur Slade and Doreen Pendracs who will share their tips and experiences having recently and successfully used crowdfunding to publish their latest book projects.

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There will be a PWAC social during the evening of Nov. 29. Details for this will follow soon.

Please let Kelly-Anne know if you are planning to come. She can be reached at

We also partnered with the Manitoba Writers' Guild for another workshop below. Again, PWAC members might be interested in this as well.

Scaring Up a Fantastically Good Story
Workshop with Governor General award-winning author Arthur Slade 
November 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Manitoba Writers’ Guild Burns Family Classroom

Do you have a flare for slipping horror or dark, fantastical elements into your stories? Would you like to write like Stephen King? How about Neil Gaiman? Join Arthur Slade as he discusses how to mix fantasy or horror elements into your story and make them believable. Strengthen your characters. Learn which cliches to avoid and which to turn on their heads. How much horror or fantasy do you put in?

This workshop will include exercises, discussion time, and a vast array of tips and tricks.

Burns Family Classroom
218-100 Arthur Street
November 30 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MWG Members: $100
Non-members $125

To register for the Sunday workshop, email, or call 204-944-8013