Saskatchewan Chapter News: 11 September 2014

Word on the Street 2014

PWAC will once again be at an exhibitor's booth at Saskatoon's Word on the Street on Sunday, Sept. 21! This exciting, day-long event celebrates writers, bringing literature to the streets with talks and a book market right outside the downtown library. Last year, we had a fantastic time talking to readers and writers of all stripes, and this year, we're back and better than ever, with our table featuring books from published PWAC Saskatchewan members. Stop by to say hi, and don't forget to check out PWACSask member Anne Lazurko's talk.

Cheers with Peers: 10 Tips from Toronto

Winding up a great day at Word on the Street, the PWACSask crew is gathering for snacks and refreshments at the Congress Beer House at 5:30 p.m. for our first Cheers with Peers event of the season! PWAC member Marie Powell will be giving her best tips and tricks for writing success, gleaned from the PWAC conference and AGM at MagNet earlier this year. This special Cheers with Peers event is open to the public, with tickets at the door only $10 a pop. Read more about the event, and see Marie's profile on the Facebook event page.

Boot Camp for Career Writers

PWACSask has partnered with the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild to bring you "Boot Camp for Career Writers" with Allan Casey on Oct. 11. The workshop is geared toward intermediate writers, those who want to make writing a sustainable, profitable career. Allan Casey will discuss common issues career writers face, helping attendees to clarify a writer career road map. Allan's award-winning work has appeared in titles such as Adbusters, Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Living, Reader's Digest, and Books in Canada. The workshop only has 12 spaces available, so sign up soon!

Feature member: James Romanow

The PWAC Saskatchewan Chapter is overflowing with talent! Each news update will feature one of our outstanding members.

James Romanow, a.k.a. Dr. Booze, seems to have made a career for himself by getting tipsy: This talented writer is best known for his weekly wine columns in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Regina Leader Post, though he also writes for Wine World, QC, Bridges, and, and appears regularly on the CTV Noon Show and John Gormley Live. Before giving himself a doctorate in booze, he worked as a business journalist in Canada, America, and the Middle East. His work has been published in Airport Finance, Euromoney, The Financial Times, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The Assiniboia Times, World Coffee & Tea, Plane and Pilot, and many more. To read more about him, and follow his entertaining blog, visit his site at

— posted by Ashleigh Mattern, 11 September 2014. 

PWAC Saskatchewan welcomes new and returning members to the fold!

Find out why PWAC-SK is spectacular: Contact PWAC-SK President Ashleigh Mattern at, follow us on Twitter @PWACsask, and like us on Facebook.



Saskatchewan Chapter News: 30 July 2014

Publishing 2.0 - Tips and Traps

The Writers' Union of Canada is bringing its professional development workshop Publishing 2.0 - Tips and Traps to Saskatoon on Sept. 15. The workshop has already been held in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax, and the Saskatchewan date is one of six additional stops in 2014-15.

Focusing on how to work within the current publishing landscape, the day-long workshop will be led by Caroline Adderson, Mary W. Walters, and John Degen. Cost is $95, or $80 for TWUC members. Read more about the workshop on The Writers' Union website.

PWAC Sask members receive 2014 award pins!

Congratulations to all of the PWAC Saskatchewan members who received 2014 award pins this year! PWAC recognized five of our members this year with award pins celebrating their milestone memberships. Darrell Noakes, Morgan Beaudry, Gail Jansen, Marian Ready, and Bonnie Zink received a pin marking five years of membership, while Marie Powell and Shelley Banks received 10 and 20 year pins, respectively. 

Make sure to check out Bonnie's blog post reflecting on the five years she has been a member, and outlining why she thinks it's important to join a professional writers' organization like PWAC.

Feature member: Anne Lazurko

The PWAC Saskatchewan Chapter is overflowing with talent! Each news update will feature one of our outstanding members.

Writer Anne Lazurko works as a freelance journalist, and published her first novel, Dollybird, in 2013. Set in the early 1900s, Dollybird follows 20-year-old Moira Burns, who is banished to Saskatchewan because of an unwed pregnancy. Anne has received accolades for both her fiction and journalism: Dollybird was nominated for the 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award in the SaskPower Fiction category, and she's won awards for her feature work in national and provincial magazines. To learn more about Anne, check out her website (including a great blog!) at

— posted by Ashleigh Mattern, 31 July 2014. 


Saskatchewan Chapter News: 15 May 2014

Member pricing on EAC workshops

The Editors' Association of Canada is offering PWAC members a deal on their Saskatoon workshops “From Concept to Completion: Managing the Publication Process” and “Estimating: The Key to Making Money.”

For these workshops, the EAC member rate is being extended to PWAC members. The deadline for early bird prices is May 20; visit the Picatic page for more information on these great workshops from our pals at EAC.

Welcome Joi Arcand!

PWAC Saskatchewan has a new member: Joi Arcand.

Joi is part of the kimiwan collective, which publishes kimiwan, a quarterly publication that showcases work from emerging and established Indigenous, First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit writers and artists. Visit the kimiwan website to learn more about this fantastic zine. Joi also works as an artist, photographer, and designer; learn more about her work at her website.

Feature member: Jennifer Smith Nelson

The PWAC Saskatchewan Chapter is overflowing with talent! Each news update will feature one of our outstanding members.

Travel and lifestyle writer and photographer Jennifer Smith Nelson recently unveiled her new website travel & happiness, which features stories about travel, gorgeous photography, and posts about her personal journey to finding happiness. Jenn's work has been featured in Chatelaine, Westworld, National Post, Pink magazine, Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Geographic,, and She's also active on Twitter, posting entertaining updates and links; follow her @jennsmithnelson.

— posted by Ashleigh Mattern, 15 May 2014. 


September 2013:

PWAC SASKATCHEWAN is excited to be participating in the 2013 Word on the Street event in Saskatoon on September 22, 2013!

Drop by and say hi to our Saskatoon PWAC members, who will be co-hosting a booth with our word-colleagues from the Editors Association of Canada.

The event will be held in the Civic Square, near City Hall, in downtown Saskatoon. For more information about WOTS, visit

— posted by Shelley, September 16, 2013. 

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