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Mark your calendar now and don’t miss PWAC Toronto Chapter’s 2016-17 seminars and events! Want to keep a copy of our event schedule for future reference? Download a PDF you can print out: PWAC-Toronto-Event-Card-2016-17

ClientEvening Seminar Series
(free for PWAC members)

Creating Client Relationships that Rock
Monday, March 27, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

If you earn your living as a freelancer, it’s essential to have great client relationships. This event will help you take good care of those all-important relationships and yourself too. Topics include building rapport with new clients and securing repeat work, the elements of a good contract, how to get paid when they’re not paying, and how to fire a bad client.


sharonaschaiekSharon Aschaiek (@sharonaschaiekis a writer, editor and communication consultant who focuses on the higher education sector. She works with universities, colleges and education associations to conceptualize and develop communication projects such as newsletters, special reports and blog posts. Also an experienced and award‐nominated journalist, Sharon writes about education trends and issues for consumer and trade publications. Sharon volunteers as chair of Professional Independent Communicators, a special interest group of the Toronto chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

marjojohneMarjo Johne (@marjojohne) has been a freelance writer for close to 23 years. Her byline has appeared in a number of periodicals and magazines, including The Globe and Mail, National Post and Medical Post. As a marketing copywriter, Marjo has written for such clients as Microsoft, AT&T, Scotiabank, Children’s Wish Foundation, IKEA and the Ontario government.



daveheadshotDavid Silverberg (@silverbergdavehas been a freelance writer for more than 15 years, and has written for The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Vice, Buzzfeed, NOW Magazine, Broken Pencil, Quill & Quire, High Times and many more. For more than 11 years, he was the editor-in-chief of online news network Digital Journal. He is also a spoken word poet and is the founder and artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam, which takes place every two weeks at the Drake Hotel. Find him at




After the evening seminars, join fellow writers and the speakers for Cheers with Peers at a nearby pub. Open to all! Pay your own pub bill, and the great company is free.




Watch this page for updates and more details about a special half-day professional development event in the spring.


Past Events (2016-17)

The Healthy Freelancer: Self-Care for the Self-Employed
Monday, January 9, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

Dealing with deadlines doesn’t have to be stressful. Learn self-care strategies and wellness tips that can fit into your busy schedule. Trade your tension for healthy mind and body strategies that will help you feel better and boost your productivity. Speakers include experts in ergonomics, fitness, and nutrition.

Oh, the places you’ll go: A bookstore crawl
Saturday, November 19, 1 – 6 pm

Editors Toronto and the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada held their inaugural bookstore crawl.

Going Global: How to Find & Work with International Clients
Thursday, November 24, 7 – 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

We’re called the Professional Writers Association of Canada, but our international markets are expanding as English becomes the default language of business and academia in more and more countries. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how to find, pitch to, and nurture clients outside of domestic markets. We’ll also cover the practicalities of working internationally, such as getting paid, tax implications, and required paperwork (such as the W-8BEN form for American clients).

Build Your Buzz: Self-Promotion for Writers
Monday, October 17, 7 to 8:30 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318

What are the best tools and techniques for writers to promote themselves and attract new clients? Our experts discuss a wide range of marketing tools. Key topics include self-promotion for introverted writers, adopting new vs. traditional self-promotion tactics, creating your own website/blog vs. hiring a professional, and more.

So You Want to Be a Creative Freelancer?
Presented at Culture Days
Saturday, October 1, 2 to 3:45 pm
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 218

Do you work as a writer, editor, or graphic designer? Are you thinking about launching your own business? Learn about the perks and pitfalls of freelancing from long-time members and volunteers with the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Toronto Chapter, Editors Toronto, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Topics include how to find clients, working with other creative professionals, and more practical information for freelancers. The presentation includes a Q&A session.

Download speaker details: So You Want to Be a Creative Freelancer-2016-pdf