Message from your chapter president: Upcoming events

Autumn is right around the corner. The season marks a time of change, so it’s only fitting that we’re trying something new with our usual fall events: Pub Nite on September 17 at the Irish Embassy Pub, Meet the Editors on October 16 and a free workshop on November 11, both of the latter two at the Atwater Library. All events begin at 7 p.m.

Pub Nite
The local exec is undertaking a student recruitment drive in early September, uncoincidentally to be followed soon after by our first Pub Nite in a long while. We look forward to donning our drinking caps with you all on Wednesday, September 17 at the Irish Embassy Pub, 1234 Bishop Street, between René Lévesque and St. Catherine. Along with prospective student members of other organizations, including AMWA, STC Montreal, EAC and QWF, will also be invited, so come for the boozing but stay for the schmoozing.

Meet the Editors
PWAC hasn’t been strictly a periodical writers’ association for some time, but pretty much the only people we invite to Meet the Editors are the same old people from The Gazette, Spafax, etc. Our members do all sorts of writing besides magazine and newspaper articles, so why not invite representatives from print or Web communications companies, advertising or translation agencies, perhaps a literary agent or publisher, maybe a film, TV or radio producer, or all of the above?

The challenge for the event’s organizers is finding the right people to invite. That’s why I’m calling on all chapter members whose freelance work extends beyond periodical writing to look through their e-mail address book or Web browser bookmarks and forward me any contacts you may have for clients of this sort (or any non-periodical media types I forgot to include).

This would dovetail nicely with my intention to add a members-only, local media contacts list to the chapter Web site, for one-stop client shopping. A page where local media could post jobs or projects would be the next logical step. (Volunteers to help make both endeavours happen would be greatly appreciated!)

Fall Workshop: Writing for the Web
Our membership chairperson, Marijke Vroomen-Durning, has kindly offered to share her expertise on writing for the Internet: how is Web copy different from print writing, how can you get paid to blog and how to find online media clients who won’t scam you, among other topics. Whether you’re a (relatively) old pro or total newbie, there will be lots to learn and discuss. Don’t miss it!

Please RSVP the chapter prez, Giancarlo La Giorgia, at if you plan to attend any of the above events.

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