Professional Writers Association of Canada
Toronto Chapter
Professional Development Bulletin
 Bulletin #19                                                            January 10, 2010
Important Details ->>>
Seminar: Room 106, Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College St.
(Campus Map)
Cheers with Peers: O'Grady's Tap and Grill, 171 College St.

Time: 7 p.m. Register
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seminar including Q&A
Followed by Cheers with Peers
*NOTE: Cheers with Peers is "pay your own way"

Seminar Cost:

FREE for PWAC Members/Students
Only $15 for Non-members
New! $10 for Members
of associate writing groups

with PayPal
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PWAC Toronto Chapter 2010 Professional Development Series

Tuesday, January 19th
Business Skills for Creative Types

Wednesday, February 17th
You Are Your Brand
Tuesday, March 23rd
New Media and E-Journalism

Thursday, April 29th
Building Your Business Through Strategic Alliances
PWAC Members and Students: FREE!
Non-members: Only $15
New! Associate Writer Group Members: Only $10

PWAC gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors and partners who help us to support your writing habit!

Join us on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
PWAC Toronto Chapter will present:

Business Skills for Creative Types
followed by our popular Cheers with Peers networking social!

There comes a time in many professional writers' lives when they face a harsh reality: talent alone does not guarantee a good income. While eloquence, creativity and a unique perspective on life make for great writing, running a business requires entirely different assets. This seminar offers practical tips on the presentation skills, people skills, negotiation skills and money matters that help generate repeat business and turn starving artists into busy artists.
Ann Douglas is the author of 28 books and the creator of The Mother of AllŪ books series, which focuses on pregnancy and parenting. She writes "The Mother of All Parenting Blogs" for Parent Central at The Toronto Star, the "Yahoo! Parenting" blog for Yahoo! Canada, and the "Misconceptions" column for Conceive Magazine. She is a member of the bloggers' panel for "Power and Politics with Evan Solomon" on CBC News and the parenting columnist for CHEX-TV's Lifestyles with Rita. She has contributed to a number of anthologies related to motherhood, technology, and politics, including The Maternal is Political by Shari McDonald Strong, and Mothering and Blogging: The Radical Act of the Mommy Blog by May Friedman and Shana Calixte. A former president of PWAC National, Ann is a strong advocate for writers' rights. She will discuss negotiating and retaining your rights; recognizing when your work begins to have value in the marketplace (and ensuring that you're paid fairly for it); and creative ways to get what you want, whether it's motivating clients to pay up on long-overdue invoices or finding better-paying gigs.

Gordon Dobbin is a Certified Financial Planner who has represented Investors Group Financial Services for over 18 years. He also represents additional well-known investment and insurance companies. Gord is particularly proud of the decision early in his career to offer investment solutions that included strong social, ethical and environmental screens. As a CFP, he learns about each individual client and his or her family to provide comprehensive advice and help them attain their financial goals. He provides solutions to issues ranging from estate planning to tax planning and risk management for individuals and small companies. Gord will discuss how freelancers can stay financially healthy through challenging economic times and become engaged in the financial planning process.

After 25 years in sales, marketing, training and keynote speaking, Louise Smith left the corporate world and created LouiseSmithConsulting Inc. Here she focused on communication/presentation skills for individuals, businesses and organizations. She is also a writer. Louise has self-published several training manuals, and recently launched a sad, funny and inspirational book titled Death: and the Lessons I've Learned. Louise and her husband recently moved to Horseshoe Valley where she is now focusing on her writing, inspired by nature in her new life of semi-retirement.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Time: Registration 7 p.m. Seminar 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Post-seminar Cheers with Peers Networking at O'Grady's Tap and Grill, 171 College St.
Location: Room 106, Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College St.
Cost: FREE for PWAC Members/Students
$15 for Non-Members
New! $10 for Associate Writer Group Members

For more information E-mail: [email protected]

PWAC Toronto Chapter - We support your writing habit!