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                          March 2009 Issue

NetWords Issue #5
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Professional Writers' Association of Canada, PWAC Toronto Chapter
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March Events
Note: All events are held in Toronto unless otherwise stated.
How to Write and Sell Romance Novels
with Brian Henry and Lynda Simmons ~ An editor and an author tell all ~ 
Saturday, March 14th, 2009 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get the inside story. Whether you want to write chick lit (like Bridget Jones's Diary,) a traditional Harlequin-style romance or woman's erotica, this workshop will show you how.  Learn the "secret formulas" and how to brainstorm a story line.  Find out how much money authors earn and where the best opportunities are to get published now.
Location: Chartwell Baptist Church, 1880 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga 
[email protected] 
Making It Work: Art, Access and Legislation in the Digital Age with Host, Olivia Chow, MP Trinity-Spadina
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
A public forum on how to build a vibrant online Canadian arts presence while ensuring fairness for both artists and users.
Panel Members: Experts on digital copyright law, arts, industry, public interest and policy
Charlie Angus, NDP Digital Affairs Critic
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair, Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Don Quarles, Executive Director, Songwriters Association of Canada  
Stephen Waddell, National Executive Director, ACTRA
Victoria Owen, Canadian Library Association representative
Cost: FREE and open to the public 
Location: Health Sciences Building, 155 College St. 6th floor, University of Toronto

Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch presents a Writing Seminar with Robert Ward, Author and travel lover with a penchant for pilgrimages
Thursday, March 19th, 2009 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Cost: FREE to CAA members, $10 non-members  
World's Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St., Toronto.

PWAC Toronto Chapter presents A Panel Discussion  Web Writing Smarts: Navigating the New Media Landscape 
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The speed of the Internet has changed the way people conduct business, making faxes and snail mail obsolete. For writers, though, the Internet is more than just a fast way to deliver projects or send pitches: It is a whole new slate of writing opportunities. Learn how to write for consumer websites and corporations, how to blog, and how to podcast, and how to use the internet as your storefront to sell your own books online.
Featured Panelists:
David Topping,  Editor-in-chief, blog
Jennifer Gruden, Web Editor, More Magazine
Paul Lima, Author/Writing Trainer
Donna Papacosta,  Owner, Trafalgar Communications
Registration 6:30 Seminar 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Networking to follow! 
FREE for PWAC Members/Students
$10 for Non-Members
Location: World's Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St.
IABC Toronto presents an evening of fun and flavor sampling beer and oysters.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Let Rodney's Oyster House teach you how to distinguish Kusshi Gold from a Stellar Bay Belon, and just the right brew to pair with each. Get the taste of the sea and an international pour house experience without leaving the City!
Registration 5:30 p.m. Demo at 6:00 p.m.
Member Earlybird Fee: $27 (ends Tuesday, March 15)
Regular Member Fee: $32
Student/Transitional Member Fee: $30/Non-member Fee: $35
Price includes appetizers, and three beer and oyster samplings.
Location: Rodney's Oyster House, 469 King Street West, just west of Spadina  
Intensive Creative Writing and Extreme Creative Writing with Brian Henry
 ~12 weeks of inspiration, creativity, and growth ~
March 31st - June 23rd, 2009 
Prerequisite: "Welcome to Creative Writing," "Exploring Creative Writing," or "Extreme Creative Writing," or permission of the instructor
Cost: $180.95 plus GST = $190.
Location: St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 1541 Oakhill Drive, Oakville
[email protected]
April Events
Note: All events are held in Toronto unless otherwise stated.
How to Get Published with Brian Henry 
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Location: St. Catharines, ON
April Book-Signing
Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 p.m.
Valen Cover, the subject of Dennis McCloskey's 2008 biography, "My Favorite American", will be in Toronto for an in-store event with the author.
Location: Indigo Bookstore, 55 Bloor Street West/Lower Level Special Events area
Details at
Email: [email protected]
Toronto Freelance Editors & Writers presents
A Freelancer's Survival Guide to the Recession
Panel Discussion
Wednesday April 8th, 2009
Mingling starts after 6:00 p.m. Panel starts at 6:45 p.m.
We all want to stay on the highway rather than take the Recession exit. But as freelancers, it often feels like our success is determined by the fortunes of the various publications and non-journalism clients for whom we work. What are you doing - and can you do - as freelancers to make it through tough economic times.
Panelists:Kim Pittaway, Astrid Vandenbroek ,
Jason McBride, Nina Boccia
Cost: FREE
Location: Big Mamma's Boy  (2nd floor)
554 Parliament St. (2 blocks north of Carleton on west side, in Cabbagetown)
RSVP [email protected]
Extreme Creative Writing with Brian Henry
~ 8 weeks of inspiration, creativity, and growth ~ 
April 8th - June 3rd, 2009 6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: Intensive Creative Writing or both Welcome to Creative Writing and Exploring Creative Writing or permission of the instructor
Cost: $128.57 plus gst = $135 
Location: Sheridan United Church, 2501 Truscott Drive, Mississauga
Contact [email protected]

How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days with Paul Lima presented by Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch
Thursday, April 16th, 2009 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Based on his book How to Write a Non-fiction Book in 60 Days, Paul Lima will help writers define their book's purpose and spell out the process from idea to a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline, to a solid first draft-in 60 days.  
Cost: Free to CAA members
Non-members $10 at the door
Location: World's Biggest Bookstore, 2nd floor, 20
Edward St., Toronto
On Stage: Author's Night presented by PWAC Toronto Chapter
Thursday April 23rd, 2009 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
with Pub Networking to follow.
An evening of readings from the written works of celebrated authors of the Professional Writers' Association of Canada. Meet us at the Chapter's stage towards the back of this converted early-1900's theatre .Afterwards, join us across the street, upstairs at the Yellow Griffin for cheers with peers.
Cost: Free!
Location: Chapters (Bloor West Village), Bloor & Runnymede (Runnymede subway stop)
 PWAC Toronto Chapter presents Two Career Enhancing 1/2 Day Workshops with leading corporate copywriter and author Steve Slaunwhite
#1. Saturday, April 18th, 2009 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Boosting Your Business Savvy: How to Negotiate, Manage Clients & Get Paid
#2. Saturday, April 18th, 2009 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How to Make Your Breakthrough into Big Business Writing
When it comes to teaching you how to break into corporate markets, freelance writing legend Bob Bly says, " one I know is more qualified to guide you than Steve Slaunwhite."
Steve is an award-winning copywriter, author and marketing expert with 23 years of experience. His clients, past and present, include Hewlett-Packard, UPS, Scott's Directories, Forbes, Sprint, Hoover's Media Publishing and dozens of others.Steve is the author of such popular books as Start & Run A Copywriting Business, The Everything Guide to Writing Copy, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Web-based Business and Pricing Your Writing Services. He is also the creator of the bestselling course Secrets Of Strategic Copywriting and the publisher of the popular newsletter For Copywriters Only. In addition to his corporate work, Steve works with hundreds of aspiring and established freelance writers and copywriters each year, helping them learn copywriting and grow their businesses through his courses, seminars and coaching programs. Don't miss it!
Cost: PWAC Members/Students $40/half day or $75/full day
Non-Members $60/half day or $100/full day
Location: PWAC National Headquarters, 215 Spadina Ave.
E-mail/RSVP [email protected] or Register at  
How to Write a Bestseller with Brian Henry and New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Location: London, ON
Contact [email protected] 

Fanshaw College presents a new course in Freelance Journalism 
April 28th -June 12th, 2009  7:00 to 10:00 pm  
Are you interested in writing for newspapers, magazines and web sites, as well as for corporate and individual clients? Learn about: how to market yourself and your business; how to sell yourself to editors; how to look for publishing markets; writing skills; researching/fact finding and interviewing; photography and broadcasting; ethics and credibility; and how to run a successful home based business. 
Cost: $203.70 
Location: Fanshaw College, London ON 
[email protected]

Writers' Groups and Meetings
Join a group to gain inspiration, support, job leads, or just a change in routine.
Writer's Meetups is an online service that helps people organize community meetings that bring individuals with a common interest together.
Visit to learn more about groups in your area.Indigo Books & Music Inc. is an official Meetup Venue Partner providing comfortable and convenient bookstore venues at selected Indigo, Chapters, Coles, and World's Biggest Bookstore locations across Canada.

East End Writers' Group
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 (and each last Wednesday of the month January to June and September to November)
Writing critique group welcomes new writers. Bring your short story,part of your novel, personal essay, memoir, play, poetry, read for constructive criticism. No admission fee but bring a wheat-free snack.
Location: St. Clair Ave. E. and O'Connor Drive, Toronto
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Brian Henry presents
Readings from aspiring and published authors at CJ's Café
Location: Lakeshore Road in Bronte, Oakville
[email protected] 
Society of Environmental Journalists hosts monthly Pub Nights on the first Tuesday of every month with featured guest speaker and informal discussions about environmental journalism and other subjects of personal interest. All interested in environmental journalism and issues welcome!
Gather between 7:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Speaker at 8:00 p.m.
Upstairs bar at Harbord House (halfway between Spadina and Bathurst on Harbord)
[email protected]
Weekly Writers' Workshop at U of T
Critique, discussion, creation and marketing of original poetry and prose. Workshop features guest authors and is involved in literary events and publications. 
Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Hart House, University of Toronto downtown campus
Cost: FREE
[email protected]
Great Lakes Journalism Fellowship 
An Intense Expedition-Style Journey of Learning for Reporters, Editors, and News Producers
*The application deadline is March 17th, 2009
About the program: May 1st to May 9th, 2009 
IJNR, the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, is inviting applications for its Great Waters Institute, a nine-day journey in  parts of Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York that will  examine a wide variety of topics in the watersheds of Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. Water-related themes will unify the content of this roving field-based journalism program. This year's fellowship 
will start and end in Detroit, Michigan. Although the expedition will focus predominantly on the Lake Erie watershed, the content of the program is designed to be relevant to journalists who work throughout 
the Great Lakes region and beyond. The Great Waters Institute is a program of learning and professional 
development, organized and led by journalists. Fellowships will be  awarded to up to 14 competitively selected reporters, editors and producers (perhaps including one or two graduate students all in pursuit of better, more informed coverage of natural resources and the environment. 
For more information, please visit
Call 608.278.8005 Email [email protected]

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June 2-7th, 2009 
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Bringing together PWAC, CAA EAC, CSME, CME & Magazines Canada for a SuperConference you won't want to miss!
Best Seller BOOTCAMP
Begins March 18th
Bestseller Bootcamp is a development program designed to help you write, market and submit your manuscript to agents and publishers. The program combines working at home at your own speed with structured workshop activities.
Regular deadlines, peer support and practical exercises will help you stay on track.
Suitable for non-fiction, literary fiction, film scripts, TV Scripts, kids books, teen fiction and more.

With guidance structure and support over 12 monthly sessions, you will finish your manuscript in 1 year.

Register early to ensure your place in the program.
Visit the website for schedule and details
2009 Canadian Science Writers' Annual Conference
May 23-26, 2009
Highlights current science and technology issues, bringing together scientists, engineers, journalists, educators, youth and the general public.
Location: Sudbury, ON
"For Copywriters Only"
FREE subscription  
published by Steve Slaunwhite For more information E-mail [email protected]
sponsored by Niagara Branch of the CAA
Deadline: March 31, 2009       
Unpublished stories between 1,000
and 3,000 words in length           
Prizes:  $300, $200, and $100 
For more Information/Submission Fees: Resources/ShortStoryContest.html
Email [email protected]     
Writing for Children Competition
sponsored by Writers' Union of Canada        
Deadline: April 24, 2009
Unpublished writing for children up to 1,500 words

The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar
2009 edition is now available!
Whether you're a beginner or advanced writer, if you're looking for places to send your work, you should put contests on your list.  The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar gives a full listing of contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. Whether you write non-fiction, short stories, poetry, children's writing or novels - it lists contests for just about everyone. For more information contact
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 Annual Conference  & AGM in Vancouver May 22-24 2009 
Sessions on specialized training for journalists covering conflict zones, being properly prepared for the demands of difficult beats and traumatic stress. The Canadian Association of Journalists is Canada's largest professional organization for journalists from all media, with about 1,400 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and
public-interest advocacy. 
John Dickins, Executive Director 613.526.8061
A group of writers and scientists has launched the Science Media Centre of Canada to improve the status and standards of science reporting.
The Magazines & Internet Publishing Conference
June 1st-2nd, 2009
The Old Mill Inn & Spa
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto ON  M8X 1G5
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