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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.



sue-bownessSuzanne Bowness, PWAC

Suzanne Bowness is a Toronto-based writer/editor with over 15 years of experience as a creative freelancer. She writes for publications including the Globe and Mail and University Affairs magazines, as well as articles and marketing materials for many corporate clients, including several colleges and universities. She also teaches writing courses, including one on freelancing, at Humber College.


Randal BoutilierRandal Boutilier, RGD

Founder & Principal of 12thirteen, Toronto

Randal’s firm focuses on effective design solutions for the non-profit and performing arts sectors. Word-of-mouth promotion has grown 12thirteen’s client list from small businesses and independent artists to York University and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. As a board member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), he has hosted networking events for freelancers and mentorship sessions for students.


evelyn-csiszarEvelyn Csiszar, RGD

Evelyn Csiszar is a visual and interface designer based in downtown Toronto with over 7 years of professional experience and a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Design from York University. She’s been running her own graphic design freelancing business for the past 2 years. She’s fascinated by how people think and act. And as a result, enjoys creating user-centred designs that are easy to use, easy to understand and easy on the eyes. This guiding principle applies to all her designs, whether in print or online.


kerry-fastKerry Fast, EAC

Kerry Fast has been a member of Editors Canada/Editors Toronto for six years and is currently the chair of Editors Toronto. She has been a freelance academic editor for seven years. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.


Karen Luttrell, PWAC


Karen Luttrell led marketing and communications for local, national, and international nonprofits before launching her own writing and consulting service in 2010. She primarily serves clients working in the areas of literacy, education, equality, poverty reduction, and health. She is President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Toronto Chapter.


nicole-roccasNicole Roccas, EAC

Nicole Roccas has been a freelance editor and writing consultant for one year and also writes creative non-fiction. In addition, she blogs (blog) and tweets (@work_and_words) about editing, writing, and freelancing. She has a PhD in history and an MA in German Studies from the University of Cincinnati.



Mark your calendar now and don’t miss PWAC Toronto Chapter’s 2016-17 seminars!

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.

Going Global: How to Find & Work with International Clients
Thursday, November 24, 7 to 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).

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.

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.

After the seminars, join fellow writers and the speakers for Cheers with Peers at a nearby pub. 

Watch this page for updates and more details about a special half-day professional development event in the spring, our annual holiday party, and social events throughout the year.