This week I am filled with gratitude. Thanks so much to each and every one of you who took the time to contribute to our discussion on books that have impacted our lives. We had some amazing suggestions and some very insightful offerings on the value of books in our lives. Your insights and reflections shot our last post over the top to break all records for most responses to any post in my three years of blogging. THANK YOU!
The really cool thing is that we have quite an eclectic group here. I miss the Google friends connect feature showing the faces of our “tribe”, (we’re slowly rebuilding that feature on the FB Author’s page that you can join by clicking on the tab at the right) but for the most part, we are writers, people who love books, Toastmasters, fellow bloggers and for the most part … people who love people. What a great place to be!
As I’ve said before, I think networking is essential to the life and career of any writer trying to make a living from their words. I therefore spend a huge amount of time networking, virtually (online) and in person whenever the opportunity arises (that’s a bit harder for someone like me who lives in a small community in rural Canada.)
But I’m off to what we affectionately call the “Big Smoke” (Toronto) tomorrow for a few days of meetings and to give back to the national community of writers who have helped build my career through friendship, mentoring, coaching, referrals and professional development.
All of us who make our livings as freelance writers in Canada should be members of PWAC — the Professional Writers Association of Canada. PWAC lobbies on our behalf, when governments and governing bodies propose legislation that may adversely affect us (as is the case with the current Copyright Bill C-11 under review. If the proposed educational exemptions are allowed, money is removed from the hands of freelance writers. You can read more about that here.)
PWAC provides great professional development opportunities for members (virtually and in person) and is a founding partner of the annual MagNet Conference that is held in Toronto every June. I hope to see you there!
And PWAC members really care about one another. And that is something that helps us get by in tough times (whether they be emotional, financial or stressful for another reason.)
We are launching a membership building campaign this month to get the word out about this great organization. Details will be available on the website and via any member of the executive. (I’m currently the national vice president.)
And if you don’t qualify for membership or aren’t interested in joining for whatever reason, you can still support the efforts of this terrific grassroots organization by donating to PWAC and receiving an official receipt for a tax-deductible donation. Online donations can be made via the Canada Helps donation site. Every little bit helps PWAC help Canadian freelance writers.
If you’re a PWAC member, I’d love to hear how the organization has helped you. If you’re not, but would qualify, I’m interested in why you haven’t joined or have left us. And if you just appreciate good writing and the efforts freelance writers put into bringing you quality content, via newspapers, magazines, websites, books, anthologies, newsletters, blogs, and any other medium you can imagine, we salute you, and thank you for reading.
Ciao for now, and please join us the week of February 20th for the next post.