Based on the success of our collaboration with CMG Freelance in 2018, PWAC's 2019 Conference will be in conjunction with When Words Collide (WWC), the very popular annual festival held in Calgary, August 9-11, 2019.  We'll be presenting three sessions there, along with a unique opportunity especially for those of you interested in other writing genres - you'll be able to network with other successful authors and learn some of the tricks of their trade!

PWAC's sessions are:

  • Copyright for Writers - join Calgary-based lawyer Laura MacFarlane as she identifies the key points that writers and authors need to know to protect their intellectual property, and what to do if their copyright has been violated. Hear the latest on copyright reform in Canada and how it affects you as a writer. This informative session will be hosted/moderated by PWAC incoming President Doreen Pendgracs, who served on the Access Copyright Board as a creator representative for six years, and in 2018, made a presentation to Canada's Heritage Committee on behalf of PWAC as part of the Copyright Reform hearings. Saturday, August 10, at 3 pm, Rundle Room
  • Public Speaking for Writers - distinguished Toastmasters Doreen Pendgracs of Matlock, Manitoba and Lisa Caroglanian Dorazio of Abbotsford, British Columbia, will share tips on how writers and authors can talk about their work with panache and pizzazz. Participate in impromptu speaking sessions that will help you think on your feet and become more confident and polished in your next public presentation. Pendgracs and Caroglanian Dorazio will pick 10 names out of a hat from attendees who wish to attempt a 2-minute response to a question posed about the writing life, and will provide feedback to each participant to help them move forward in their public speaking journey. Join us for some quick tips you can quickly incorporate into your own presentations to leave them wanting more.  Friday, August 9, 4 pm, Fireside Room.
  • The Art of Interviewing - Interviewing is important for writers of all genres. It provides the fuel for investigation and research in non-fiction, but it can also be useful for fiction authors researching any topic from plot points to settings. Interviews can also form the basis for a podcast or blog. These experienced panelists can offer tips and tricks to dig deeper into the issues and experiences that are important to today's readers. Stella Constance of PWAC-Calgary will moderate this knowledgeable panel comprised of Marie Powell from PWAC-Saskatchewan, and Paul Verhaegh and Bob Bott of PWAC-Calgary who will each share their tips on how to handle a difficult interviewee or make the most of an interview opportunity. Sunday, August 11, 11 am, Fireside Room.

 When Words Collide, in addition to offering PWAC content and their own great sessions, is also a real bargain - while WWC is sold out, you can still get on their wait-list and, if you register before August 1, 2019, the price is $55 (yes, you read that right!).  They have arranged special room rates at the Delta Calgary South Hotel, which is also the festival venue.  Finally, there are discounts available with WestJet if you're flying to Calgary (details on their website).

When Words Collides always sells out, so you'll want to register soon!

For more information and to register, visit the website!  We hope to see you there!

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