Professional Writers Association of Canada
Toronto Chapter Newsletter 
In This Issue
July Cheers with Peers
MagNet 2009 Report
Introducing Your 2009-2010 Board
Come soak up a few late-afternoon rays in the company of fellow writers in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood! Join us on the upstairs patio at the Central.

Date: Thursday, July 23
Time: 7 pm
Place: The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto,
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Issue Number 9 July 2009 
From June 2-5, 2009, many of us attended MagNet: Canada's Magazine Conference, held at 89 Chestnut in Toronto. This year's annual conference was a collaborative effort between PWAC and the Canadian Authors Association (CAA), the Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC), the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME), the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC), Magazines Canada and the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Along with a variety of special events, a selection of workshop sessions were offered in Ad Sales, Circulation, Design, Digital, Editorial, Management, Production, Small Mags & Writing.
And for those who wanted to get out and about, there were opportunities to see the city, including an eco-themed walking tour, a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum, and a tour of the Canadian Opera Company. Some took advantage of the discounted theatre tickets and went to see We Will Rock You! For those who chose to hunker down for the evening, there were events to mix and mingle.
Virginia Heffernan with Doreen Pendergracs from the Manitoba Chapter who received the PWAC Regional Volunteer Award
Here's what some had to say:
"The professional development was first rate, and something we can continue to improve upon next year given the wide range of talent both within and beyond the organization. Meeting and reuniting with writers and editors from across the country was also a highlight."
"What a warm, welcoming group!  What amazing workshops!  I'll have ideas to implement for years to come!"
"The experiential learning drum session was fantastic! And the international markets presentation was very informative and enlightening."
"The Magnet workshops were empowering! I can't wait to apply what I learned to my writing." 
"I thought this year's MagNet was a great experience - I met a lot of freelancers, learned valuable advice for my own business, and found inspiration in the guest speakers. I'm looking forward to next year!"
Speaking of next year...
Mark your calendars! MagNet 2010 is June 1-4.


Dawn Boshcoff "Passes the Presidential Hat" to Virginia Heffernan

Toronto Chapter Executive Board 2009-2010
Virginia Heffernan
Past President Dawn Boshcoff
Vice-President (rotating position) Nate Hendley
Treasurer Steven Biggs
Secretary Thomas Moss
VP Membership John Schofield
VP Volunteers Grace Cherian
VP Special Events and Networking Luigi Benetton
VP Professional Development Sharon Aschaiek
VP Communications Deborah Serravalle
VP Marketing Dawn Boshcoff
Executive Members-at-Large Jaclyn Law, Jason Hamilton, Michelle Morra, Paul Weinberg & Saul Chernos 
Wish you'd signed on? It's not too late. You can still serve as a volunteer board member-at-large.

As a volunteer board member, you will learn valuable business skills by serving on a non-profit board and take part in the decision-making process on behalf of members of the largest chapter in Canada. You will make key contacts within the publishing industry and professional community. You will greatly enhance your writing career and chances for success, while gaining respect and exposure to benefit your professional profile. But most of all, you'll have a blast with some really cool people!
You don't need any special skills to qualify as a member of our executive board. All that's required is a desire to learn, grow and contribute a few hours per month.
Board activities include conducting board business; promoting PWAC at key events such as Word on the Street; organizing professional development and networking events; attending executive board meetings (three per year); taking part in board decision making; attracting new members and assisting in special events.
Professional Members serve a two-year term on the executive board, by acclamation or election. All board members join as Executive Members-at-Large and are assigned vacant VP Portfolios at the Toronto Chapter Executive Board Retreat/Annual General Meeting in late June. Although Student members are not able to serve on the executive board, they can remain active as committee members and are encouraged to get involved. 
Please contact Michelle Morra, current VP Volunteers at
[email protected]