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Magazines West Conference, February 28-March 2, 2019, Vancouver – Early Bird Prices End Feb. 17!

The Magazine Association of BC is happy to announce the schedule and new website for our Magazines West 2019 conference, Thursday to Saturday, February 28-March 2, 2019 in Vancouver.

For more information and to register, please visit our conference website.

Thursday Evening Public Talk (Feb. 28/19), VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street

6:30 p.m. Networking Social

7:30 p.m. Keynote:  How Vulnerable is Canada to Fake News? with Linda Solomon Wood, the National Observer. More info.

Friday Conference (Mar. 1/19)

7:45-8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast, Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour St, Vancouver (6-minute walk to conference venue). Pre-registration is required. Attendees must pay for their own food and drink.

At UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street:

8:30-9 a.m. Refreshments

9 a.m. Keynote: The Power of Representation with Emilee Gilpin, The National Observer. More info.

9:45-10:15 a.m.: Refreshment break

Social Media Doctor consultation times (for full-day pass holders only; sign up at registration desk). More info.
9:45-10:15 | 10:30-11 | 11-11:30 | 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | 12:55-1:25 | 1:30-2 | 2:45-3:15

10:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours each):

Copyediting 2.0: Editing in the Age of “Post It Now or Lose Your Audience” – presentation by Erin Brenner, Right Touch Editing. More info.

Supporting Asian Canadian Writers – panel with Yilin Wang, Anna Ling Kaye and Shazia Hafiz Ramji, moderated by Phoebe Wang. Sponsored by UBC Creative Writing. More info.

Seeing is Believing: Magazine Design Trends – presentation by Barbara Woolley, Hambly & Woolley. Sponsored by Mitchell PressMore info.

Optimize Your Workflow: How to Create Efficient and Effective Facebook Ad Campaigns – 1.5-hour lab with Kalina Kolarova, RTOWN. Sponsored by RTOWNMore info.

11:45 a.m. Buffet lunch. Sponsored by Mitchell Press

12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions (note that #1 is 4 hours long):

First Impressions: Making Your Online Visual Content Look the Way You Want It To – 4-hour lab with Sarah Veness. More info.

Funder Q&A with Creative BC (50 minutes) – Christine Chiu and Erika Kumar – free session, please RSVP to attend. More info.

1:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions (1.25 to 1.5 hours each):

The Underappreciated Art of Writing Short – presentation by Shelley Arnusch, Senior Editor, Avenue Magazine. More info.

Maximize Your Digital Marketing: Making a Big Splash with a Small Team – presentation by Erin Brenner, Right Touch Editing. Sponsored by Magazines CanadaMore info.

The Art (and Science) of the Interview – presentation by Curtis Gillespie, Eighteen Bridges. Sponsored by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME). More info.

2:45-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break

3:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions:

Building Good Working Relationships with Emerging BIPOC Writers – presentation by Phoebe Wang. Sponsored by Historic Joy Kogawa HouseMore info.

Punching Above Your Weight: Narrative Journalism for Smaller Magazines – presentation by Curtis Gillespie, Eighteen Bridges. Sponsored by Magazines CanadaMore info.

Helping Your Readers Find You: Patrick Sauriol on MagsBC and Geist’s Pilot Project on Discoverability – report by Patrick Sauriol, Corona Productions. More info.

4:45-6:30 p.m. After-Conference Social, Earl’s Test Kitchen. Please register separately for this event. The registration fee covers some appetizers, but attendees must pay for the rest of their own food and drink.

Saturday Intensives (Mar. 2/19), UBC Robson Square

9-9:30 a.m. Refreshments

9:30 a.m. Concurrent intensives:

America-Bound: What’s Involved in Selling and Distributing Your Magazine in the U.S. – 3-hour workshop with Jennifer Bird, Fly Fusion Magazine and Scott Bullock. Funded by Creative BC; sponsored by Magazines CanadaMore info.

Podcasting – 4-hour lab/workshop (with a break for lunch) with Sarah Hoyles. More info.

12:30-1 p.m. Buffet lunch

1 p.m. Intensive:

The Art of Crowdfunding – 3-hour workshop with Ian MacKenzie, filmmaker and activist. More info.


This conference is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Additional funding provided byCreative BC | Supported by the province of British Columbia

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