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Upcoming Events and Professional Development

Last updated: Oct. 19, 2021. If you don’t see your event here, please email Sylvia Skene, Executive Director, MagsBC with all details.

MagsBC reserves the right to post only those events of interest to its members and others in our magazine industry.


Sept. 27, 2021 @ noon-1 p.m. PDT Social Media is the New Website: Strategies for Magazines with Kayi Wong, Raincoast Books Register here

Oct. 6, 2021 @ noon-1 p.m. PDT Selling Digital Advertising to Long-Time Print Advertisers with Danielle Labrie, Annex Business Media Register here

Oct. 27 webinar 9:30-10:30 a.m. PDT Special Measures for Journalism Funding presentation & Q&A with Dave Harkness, CPF. Register here. Registration by donation.

Nov. 17, 2021 Mental Wellness for Magazine Staff (working title) with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association

February 2022 Export Strategies Series in partnership with Erak Global Works, Ltd.More info soon!

Magazine Industry


Sept. 29 @ 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) B2B Editorial & Advertising Panel – Maintaining the Credibility of Your Content. Magazines Canada

Oct. 4-6, 2021 MediaGrowth Summit 2021 Chicago, IL FIPP/MediaGrowth For B2B media leaders and innovators.

Oct. 14, 2021 @ 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) Case Studies in Success: Three Secret Sauces to Spice Up Your Next Virtual Event AM&P (Association Media & Publishing). May need to set up user account.

Oct. 22, 2021 2-4 p.m. MT (1-3 p.m. PT) panel on pitching Oct. 29, 2021 12-4 p.m. MT (11 a.m.-3 p.m. PT) pitching afternoon The Great Canadian Magazine Pitchfest (online) Pandemic University and the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-12 noon EDT (8-9 a.m. PDT): Editorial/Production Flow for Small Teams with Kilian Schalk. Magazines Canada

Nov. 6, 2021 Literary Arts Magazine Summit (online) Alberta Magazine Publishers Association More information soon. Registration opens Oct. 4.

Nov. 24: Brand Extensions: What Worked, What Didn’t, When To Abandon. Magazines Canada.

Dec. 15: B2B: Building Audience, Building Sales. Magazines Canada.


Jan. 26: Digital Media: Buying and Planning. Magazines Canada.

Feb.: Export Marketing Intensive. MagsBC.

Feb. 23: Funding for B2B Publishers: Navigating the Funding Labyrinth. Magazines Canada.

Mar. 30: How-To Guide for Data Studio in Google Analytics. Magazines Canada.

Apr. 6-8, 2022 Super Niche Conference Washington, DC Niche Media Events.

Sept. 2022 CEO Summit Orlando, FL Niche Media Events.

Audiomag – Upcoming Podcasts

AudioMag is an audio podcast by Magazines Canada featuring industry experts on various topics. Also available on iTunes.


  • Sep 15: How One Media Studies Program Revamped Itself to Prepare Students for the Brave New World with Kathy Ullyott – AVAILABLE NOW!
  • Oct 13: Click and Collect Study with Phil Scrutton
  • Nov 17: How to Conduct Interviews as a Storyteller
  • Dec 15: Developing Newsstand Smarts


  • Jan 12: Apple News+: Good? Bad? Worth It?
  • Feb 16: Tips/Benefits of Submitting to Awards
  • Mar 16: Topic TBD
  • Apr 13: Changes In The Media Industry: Best of the Past, Opportunities for the Future

Other Events and ProDev

See also: Inclusion and Equity: Industry Writing Programs and Festivals by the Writers Guild of America West


Sept. 10-26 Word Vancouver (virtual)

Sept. 24-Oct. 24 RE:IMAGINE: Culture Days 2021

Sept. 27-Oct. 1 @ 1-2 p.m. ET (10-11 a.m. PT) x 5 webinars Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills with Moira White. Editors Canada

Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Victoria Festival of Authors Downtown Victoria, BC (hybrid: both virtual & in-person programming)

Oct. 1-3 Paper Covers Rock Readers & Writers Festival Salt Spring Island Workshops, free readings, most in-person. Includes Oct. 1 webinar @ 10 a.m. PT: The Art of the Pitch with Stacey McLachlan (Vancouver Magazine, Western Living) Register here.

Oct. 14-17 Whistler Writers Festival Whistler, BC

Oct. 18-24 (plus various events throughout the year) The Vancouver Writers Fest Vancouver, BC (digital)

Oct. 18-26 Vancouver Art Book Fair Vancouver, BC (digital) June 15: Deadline to apply to exhibit. Eligible publishers, artists, collectives, artist-run centres, institutions & art book distributors (etc.).

Oct. 22-24 Surrey International Writers Conference Masters classes Oct. 21. (Virtual)

Oct. 28 BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community Writers Union. Toronto, ON (digital) Free, but attendees must apply in advance.

Nov. 4-7 FOLD Kids Book Fest


Jan. 21-24 LibLearnX (new conference) American Library Association San Antonio, TX (virtual) For exhibitors

Feb. 1-5 Super Conference 2022 (online) Theme: Gather / Se rassembler Ontario Library Association Exhibitor kit

March 23-26 AWP Conference & Bookfair Association of Writers & Writing Programs Philadelphia, PA

Apr. 20-22 BC Library Association Conference Richmond, BC

May 14-20 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 27-30 Wiscon feminist science fiction & fantasy convention Madison, WI (hybrid format)

June 23-28 American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition Washington, DC For exhibitors (June 24-27 exhibit).