It’s an interesting time to be a writer. Scores of magazines and newspapers have disappeared in the past year, and many of those that remain aren’t so freelancer-friendly. That said, we PWACkers are a resilient bunch. Many of us have begun writing for websites and blogs, as well as corporate, government and institutional clients (we are professional, and not just periodical writers after all). For those who would like to enter these lucrative market, but don’t know where to start, the Quebec chapter’s upcoming events may interest you.
I’m in the process of organizing a seminar on how freelancers can market their services to the federal government, possibly as part of a larger inter-association event, and I’d like to replace the annual (and not particularly well-attended) Meet the Editors event with an as-yet-unnamed, informal networking event, where members will get to meet representatives of various local communications and marketing agencies. And I’m planning to give a workshop on how to set up a website or blog using the WordPress online publishing platform.
Speaking of which, we’re in the process of revamping our chapter website, one of the new features of which will be individual member profiles.
We’re always looking for a volunteers, so let me know if you’re interested in helping out with any of the above.
Giancarlo La Giorgia
P.S. Please note that this will be the last issue of Belle Lettres. A newsletter needs to be newsy, but our publishing schedule makes that claim a bit of a stretch. Instead, we’ll be posting info on member Q & As, members’ feature and opinion articles, and chapter events (right after they happen) on the main page, making them more relevant and accessible.