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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

upcoming seminars (Toronto)

Start planning your New Year's professsional development. If you are in Toronto over the next couple of months, be sure to spend an evening at the Northern District Library with PWAC-Toronto, who always have a fabulous event on offer:

Wed. January 17, 2007, 7 pm to 8:30 pm:
Specialist or Generalist: Jack-of-All-Trades or Master of One.

Should freelancers specialize in one particular area or try to
cover a wide, general body of knowledge? Find out what our
informed panelists, some of Canada's most successful freelance
writers, think and do.

Thurs. February 22, 2007, 7 pm to 8:30 pm:
Professional Interviewing Techniques

Tips on how to get information from subjects, featuring
experienced journalists and others who interview for a living,
such as police officers, psychologists, and so on

Location: Northern District Library (Room #200), 40 Orchardview
Blvd. (west off Yonge, just north of Eglinton)

Cost: PWAC members - Free; General public - pay what you can ($10
suggested pay at the door)

Afterwards: Join the panelists, PWAC members. and other writers
for Cheers with Peers in the Manchester Arms pub--conveniently
located downstairs from the library.


... and remember to keep an eye on your local PWAC chapter website for information on upcoming events in your area.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Promising New Year

Happy New Year to all PWAC blog readers. We start 2007 off with a bang:

The Canadian Magazines blog has proposed a New Year's resolution for the entire Canadian magazine industry -- raise the rates for freelance writing.

Read all about it here.

Thanks once again to D.B. Scott over at Canadian Magazines for championing the rates issue. Our two blogs referred to each other and linked up often in 2006, setting up an unprecedented dialogue between the writing and publishing corners of the industry. Here's hoping for much more of that in 2007!

And please note -- PWAC's blog will very soon be switching to a new format. At the launch of PWAC's brand new website, this blog will be incorporated fully into the PWAC homepage, and will look significantly different. Keep an eye out for the switch and follow us to our new look and location. We'll give you plenty of warning and we'll leave a trail of breadcrumbs.