August already?! My schedule is starting to fill up with fall projects, plus plenty of PWAC Toronto Chapter events. As much as I'm enjoying summer, I look forward to that back-to-school feeling that September inspires. Every year it feels like a fresh start. If you're a freelancer, take advantage of the networking opportunities that PWAC is offering this fall and make new connections (and score a few job leads). (Posted Aug. 2.)
I'm honoured to have been elected president of PWAC Toronto Chapter for the next two years, starting in September. I'm lucky to be on the executive board with dedicated people who are passionate about the organization and writers' rights. Visit the website for news about chapter events, including monthly members-only networking activities and killer professional development seminars. And don't forget about Cheers with Peers - July 14, August 17 and September 13 on the patio at Pogue Mahone! Free to attend; pay for your own treats. (Posted July 11.)
New article: The latest of my stories on oral health for Reader's Digest's website: dental crowns! (Posted July 11.)
New articles: New slide-show articles for Best Health: 7 superfoods for kids and 8 things you need to know about emotional eating. Lots of good tips from registered dietitians! (Posted April 5.)
New article: How has your spring been? One of my favourite projects this season: I wrote about OCAD University's new Master's in Inclusive Design program for Yonge Street, an online magazine about innovation in Toronto. One of the most interesting things I learned: Why this city is the perfect place to build an inclusive-design brain trust. Check it out here. (Posted March 30.)
Presentation: You heard it here first: I'm presenting a workshop titled "Pizza & Proofreading" exclusively for members of PWAC Toronto on March 25. It's important for writers to be able to catch errors in their own work, and what better way to learn than with a couple of slices of hot pizza? And this is a great way to wrap up what's proven to be an incredibly busy winter. (Posted March 2.)
New articles: I recently wrote a series of skin-care articles for Best Health, including one about moisturizers and another about dry skin. (Posted Dec. 7.)
New project: I am incredibly honoured to have edited the International Freedom of Expression Review 2010 for the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, an organization that does incredibly important work abroad and at home (hello, G20). It also presents the International Press Freedom Awards each year, and we profiled the winners and other nominees in this year’s book. It is always humbling to hear their stories. Check it out here. Here's an amazing update: CJFE chose three Cameroonian journalists, jailed in March on bogus forgery charges, for one of the awards (see article on page 16). Sadly, one of the men, Bibi Ngota, died in prison. Because of the widespread media exposure related to the award, the other two have been released from jail–the day before CJFE’s awards ceremony. That’s the power of the press! (Posted Nov. 26.)
New event: In November, I organized a networking event for PWAC Toronto members. It involved plenty of caffeine–read about it on my blog. (Posted Nov. 26.)
It's been an incredibly busy autumn! I've written several articles for Chatelaine.com, Best Health's website and other publications, including PROFIT and Today's Parent. One of the things I'm most psyched about is the evening seminar I co-ordinated for PWAC Toronto. On Oct. 21, three of Canada's top magazine editors shared their time and expertise with over 50 people, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Please read my Networds blog post about it!
New articles: I wrote about iron, calcium and post-exercise eating for Best Health's website. I also did a short piece about distractions for PROFIT's May 2010 issue.
Speaking engagement: I led a copy editing workshop for the new staff of Canadian University Press at the end of August - lovely to meet the next generation of editors!
New article: My article on group buying for Yonge Street is up!
Blueprint Freelancing Blog: My website, myself, posted August 6, 2010
Speaking engagement: Thanks to the lovely staff at Sweetspot.ca, Canada's sweetest lifestyle guide, for inviting me in to teach a copy editing workshop! If you're also interested in improving your copy editing skills, contact me today.
New articles: Did you know that fibre can help you manage your weight? I wrote about it for Best Health's website. You can also check out my articles about lifestyle changes and fitting in breakfast.
Blueprint Freelancing Blog: Love and loss - pros and cons of the freelance life, posted July 4, 2010
Just launched: I've been working with Green Living Enterprises as associate editor for Scotiabank's ecoliving site. Check it out to learn about greener home renovations and rebates available in your province.
New article: Five years after writing about parkour for THIS Magazine, Utne, Ode and The Globe and Mail, I checked in with PKTO's Dan Iaboni, who is now an entrepreneur. Read my Yonge Street article about The Monkey Vault.
Professional development: I'm honoured to be PWAC Toronto's new VP of Special Events & Networking. Also, the board recently got together to plan seminar topics for 2010-2011. I'm organizing the October seminar, and it's a topic that freelancers will love. Watch this space for updates!
Speaking engagement: Thanks to everyone who attended my session on "Quick Copy-editing for the Web" at MagNet 2010 (June 1-4), co-presented with Reader's Digest web and communities editor and Ryerson University instructor Kat Tancock. There were several great sessions at MagNet, Magazines Canada's annual professional development conference - I'll definitely be attending in 2011.
Blueprint Freelancing Blog: Ready to launch your solo act?
Professional development: The PWAC evening seminar that I co-organized, "Business Skills for Creative Types," was a success! All three panellists - Ann Douglas, Gord Dobbin and Louise Smith - offered practical advice for freelancers. For more PWAC events, visit PWAC Toronto.