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Bulletin #3.4 - 2009 PWAC National Conference & AGM: Schedule, Registration and Accommodation Information Now Available

Wednesday, 11th March, 2009


PWAC National Office is pleased to inform PWAC members that information for the 2009 PWAC National Conference & AGM is now available online and in print. For the first time, PWAC is partnering with a number of other industry organizations for MagNet, the premier perioidical conference from magazines Canada . For the first time in PWAC history, PWAC members will attend networking and professional development sessions, award shows, product demonstrations and much more with peers, employers, and others while enjoying the ever-popular PWAC-only events during evenings and after the Conference.

PWAC's Conference program runs Wednesday, June 3rd to Friday, June 5th, followed by the AGM and Regional meetings on Saturday, June 6th.

In the upcoming weeks, if you haven't already, you will receive a paper mailing from Magazines Canada with the complete MagNet brochure, detailing the schedule, pricing & registration form.

If you don't want to wait to receive your paper brochure, please don't hesitate to visit the MagNet website. The website has links to the digital brochure, the complete schedule and session descriptions by stream (advertising sales, circulation, design, digital, editorial, management, production, small magazines, special events, and writing), as well as an online registration form. If you'd rather complete a paper registration form, you can wait for your paper brochure to be mailed to you or fill in the registration form available here and mail or fax directly to Magazines Canada (contact information available on the form).

How to Register: Members

1) Choose the four professional development sessions you are interested in from those available between Wednesday, June 3rd and Friday, June 5th. You are not limited to any one stream and may spread your sessions around between the three days or concentrate them into one. Your first four sessions are included in the base conference cost of $240. Each additional session costs $60. And please note session SE7 "Federal Magazine Policy: What's Going On?!" on Thursday, June 4th is a special free session for which registration is required but will not count as one of your four included sessions.

When you are not attending a session, you are free to explore Toronto or network with editors, publishers, and etc. throughout the venue, where there is dedicated space for complimentary snacks, wireless internet access, and supplier demonstrations & samples. These "break" rooms provide an excellent opportunity to meet with potential employers and your writing colleagues!

2) Once you have chosen your four sessions, add one of the two Friday afternoon BONUS double sessions (W23 and W24) to your registration:

  • [W23] Pitchcraft: How to Pitch Like a Pro
  • [W24] BOOM Networking! Make Your Freelance Business Explode!

One double session is included in the base conference cost of $240. If you do not add these event codes to your registration, you will not be able to attend without purchasing a ticket at an additional cost.

3) Add the following BONUS special events to your registration:

  • [SE4] Writers' Welcome Reception (Wednesday, June 3)
  • [TDN] PWAC Package - PWAC Awards Dinner Banquet (Thursday, June 4)
  • [FLN] PWAC/CAA Package - Writers' Industry Awards Luncheon (Friday, June 5)
  • [SE14] EAC Welcome Reception (Friday, June 5)

These three special events are included in the base conference cost of $240 (other special events not listed here are offered to MagNet participants but not included in the PWAC Conference Package). If you do not add these event codes to your registration, you will not be able to attend without purchasing a ticket at an additional cost.

Please note: if you are a PWAC member who is not registered for the entire conference, you will be able to attend some of these special sessions but will have to pay for each event separately, at the regular member pricing (guests may also purchase tickets for these events):

  • E10: PWAC Awards Dinner Banquet (Thursday, June 4; $50)
  • SE13: Writers' Industry Awards Luncheon (Friday, June 5; $35)

Make sure you indicate you are a member of PWAC when you register for the Conference (either online or using the paper form) to take advantage of member-only pricing.

How to Register: Non-Members

Non-members are invited to attend any MagNet event but will be charged non-member pricing. Feel free to invite your family, friends, and peers to any MagNet event, including the PWAC Awards Dinner Banquet ($60) and Writers' Industry Awards Luncheon ($25). They will be required to register separately, indicating they are a non-member at the beginning of the registration process.


If you need assistance during the registration process, Lauren Stewart, PWAC's Associate Director, and Edra Sefton, Magazines Canada's Manager of Professional Development & Events, will be happy to assist. Please contact either using the methods below:

Lauren Stewart, PWAC, Associate Director
Phone: (416) 504-1645 ext. 1
Email: [email protected]

Edra Sefton, Magazines Canada , Manager of Professional Development & Events
Phone: (416) 504-0274 ext. 224
Email: [email protected]

Accommodation: A Note From Dawn Boshcoff, Chair, Toronto Local Planning Committee

89 Chestnut, MagNet's location and hotel for attendees, is ready to receive reservation requests for the upcoming National Conference & AGM being held in Toronto June 3rd to 6th, 2009. Room rate is under $90/night for a room smack-dab in the centre of the city! 89 Chestnut is directly behind Toronto City Hall , TTC accessible, and walking distance to most city attractions (and the PWAC National Office!).

Owned and operated by University of Toronto as a student residence during the year, the rooms are modest without TV or phone but jacks are available. Wireless internet service is available in room for $5/day. Free internet service is available on all conference floors at the same location. Reservations require confirmation #MAG0603 in order to receive the special
conference rate.

MagNet begins on June 2nd with the Magazines Canada reception. PWAC's Conference program runs Wednesday, June 3rd to Friday, June 5th, followed by the AGM and Regional meetings on Saturday, June 6th. PWAC's Toronto Chapter will host tours and trips to Toronto attractions throughout the Saturday & Sunday following the conference.

To reserve, contact the 89 Chestnut Hotel directly:
89 Chestnut Street

Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1R1

Phone: (416) 977-0707
Fax: (416) 977-1136
Email: [email protected]

Dawn Boshcoff
Chair, Toronto Local Planning Committee

From PWAC's Bulletin Archives

In June 2007, PWAC's then-President (and current Past President) Carolyn Gibson went to MagNet and reported back to PWAC members. Read her musings here.