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Money Matters 2017

Hey, Quebec members – spring is far away, but tax time is approaching! And money management is always on freelancers’ minds…

Join us February 15 for PWAC’S Money Matters, an evening devoted to money management for freelance writers. Our speakers will be Chartered Accountant Harriet Kirshenblatt, who specializes in income tax for self-employed workers, and former PWAC member and journalist Jean-Benoît Nadeau, author of Le Guide du Travailleur Autonome (The Self-Employed Worker’s Guide).

They will answer questions about paying taxes, managing cash flow, charging GST and QST, buying insurance, getting paid (by clients who want to pay and clients who don’t…), and saving money – all the nuts and bolts of handling your freelance dollars.

See you there!

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Place: Atwater Library, 1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount, Auditorium, 2nd floor

Admission: $15, $5 for students

FREE for PWAC members.

Refreshments will be provided.

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PWAC Quebec is kicking off 2017 with a new Chapter Executive

Hi Everyone,

I’m writing to let you know about the roster of enthusiastic members who have recently joined PWAC Quebec’s Executive.

I’ll start with the names you’ll soon see in your inboxes….our Communications Committee Co-Chairs:

Andrea Juhász is a new member, a science writer who is finishing a Magazine and Web Publishing certificate from Ryerson University and running a blog where she reads through the best science fiction novels of all time: thescifinovel.com.

Ceilidh Barlow Cash is an even newer member who became a freelance science writer after completing a degree in biomedical sciences. She writes for the fintech startup Hardbacon (and yes, we’re related – she’s my niece).

And here is the rest of the team:

Helen Wolkowicz has been a freelancer for over a decade and writes about transgender issues and identities…Liz Warwick was former Chapter and National President and is now an instructional designer and digital learning specialist who also does freelance writing…. longtime member Kathe Lieber (Vice President and Treasurer) was also a former Quebec Chapter and National President and works as a writer, editor and translator…and finally, longtime PWAC member and former National Executive member Bruce Wilson is a science and medical writer.

In case anyone missed my introductory note, I am a freelance journalist, travel writer and book author, and a PWAC member for over 20 years.

Please feel free to contact me with comments and queries. I’m looking forward to seeing you at our winter and spring professional development events, which you’ll hear about shortly from our new Communications Committee!

Julie Barlow Quebec Chapter President

pwacquebec@gmail.com

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PWAC Holiday Potluck December 9

Hope to see everyone at our Holiday Potluck this Friday, December 9! Please email me for details: pwacquebec@gmail.com

Julie Barlow Quebec President

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Content Marketing versus Journalism, with Quebec journalist David Desjardins

Content Marketing versus Journalism: Can you do both?

Can journalists do content marketing without compromising their impartiality? The question hit the Quebec news in December 2015 when Le Devoir abruptly cancelled the column of journalist David Desjardins after discovering he ran a content marketing agency. Desjardins will speak to PWAC Quebec about La Flèche, the agency he founded in 2014. He’ll explain how he combines content marketing with a career as a successful magazine and TV columnist and blogger (L’actualité, ArTVRadio-Canada) and answer questions about opportunities for anglo writers interested in working with Quebec’s content marketing agencies.

Presentation by Quebec journalist David Desjardins

November 16, 2016

7pm – 9pm

Atwater Library

1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount

Auditorium, 2nd floor

Admission $10: Free for PWAC members

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PWAC Quebec’s New President

Julie BarlowHello PWAC Quebec Members!

I am writing to introduce myself as the new president of the Quebec Chapter of PWAC. Elizabeth Johnston had to step down after valiantly steering the Quebec chapter through the rough waters of the last years (for the national organization). I’ll be replacing Elizabeth for the rest of the 2016-17 year and I’d like to thank her for her hard work and wish her success in her writing.

Many of you already know me. I’ve been a member of PWAC Quebec for over 20 years, and a freelance writer for a few months longer than that. I just stepped down from PWAC’s national board where I helped PWAC through the transition to a member-run organization. I’m happy to say, the national organization is in good hands now, running smoothly and growing again.

If you are interested in me you can see more here. I have written five nonfiction books, ghost-written a few others, published a couple of hundred magazine and newspaper articles in French and in English, in Canada, the US and Europe, and have been a regular contributor to the Quebec public affairs magazine L’actualité since 1996.

My writing career has had many twists and turns, but PWAC has been one of the few “constants” (my husband, fellow freelancer Jean-Benoît Nadeau, has been the other). Two decades of freelance writing has taught me, over and over, how important it is to be in touch with other writers and share tips, ideas and experiences.

That’s what makes our local chapter such an important resource.

Montreal writers, as we know, face special challenges. In some ways, we already have a “niche” chosen for us, just be being English language writers in a francophone media world. That niche comes with obstacles, but also opportunities, and I think it’s easier to tackle them together than separately.

With that in mind, I’d like to get down to organizing some professional development events on networking, self-promotion, running a freelance business, managing work-life balance, refining social media skills, finding new clients and other skills of the freelance writing trade — like writing! To do that, though, I need help…

I’d love to hear what Quebec members want, but also what you have to offer. In particular, are you interested in joining the local executive (which consists of me, at the moment)? We should have a Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, Membership Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and Communications Coordinator. If we share the workload, it won’t be too onerous. If you’d like to fill one of these positions, please let me know ASAP. The position of Quebec Regional Director is also open now.

So please, send me a line and let me know your thoughts. I wish you a happy and productive week and look forward to hearing from you, by Tweet, FB or plain old email (pwacquebec@gmail.com).

All the best,

Julie Barlow

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