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Upcoming Events and Professional Development as of Feb. 28/23

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Photo credit: Ean Goquingco (MagsWest 2017).

Last updated February 28, 2023 by Alice Watkin. 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 the magazine industry.

Events are in-person unless otherwise indicated.

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

Professional Development

Mar. 1, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT If Newsletters Are the Key to Audience Growth, Then Experiments Will Show You How webinar with Kilian Schalk. AMPA.*

Mar. 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT Plot Development webinar with Blaise Ndala and Jamaluddin Aram. The Writer’s Union of Canada.

Mar. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT Aligning Expectations: Contracts between Editors and Indie Authors with Karin Horwatt Cather. Editors Canada. 

Mar. 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT Gender-Inclusive Editing webinar with Alex Kapitan. AMPA.*

Mar. 22, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. PT EPR and Alberta Magazine Publishers webinar with Gary Garland. AMPA.*

*MagsBC members can register at the AMPA member rate.

Conferences, Festivals & Other Events 2023

Mar 8 Feminist Poetry on International Women’s Day free online event. The Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets. Register here.

Mar 8 Incite: Women Forging Trails, Vancouver Writers Fest. Vancouver Public Library, central branch. 

Mar 8-11 AWP Conference & Bookfair. Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Seattle, WA. Event Proposal Guidelines here.

Mar 9 2023 Publisher’ Summit with guest speaker Bo Sacks. Calgary, AB. AMPA.

April 12-14 BC Library Conference. Richmond, BC. Exhibitor registration here

April 17 BC Book Day. Victoria, BC. ABPBC. MagsBC will be exhibiting.

April 19 Creative Industries Week Showcase and Evening Reception. Victoria, BC.

April 26-28 Niche Media Conference. Sheraton New Orleans, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA. Register now to save $300 US over on-site price.

April 30-May 7 The Festival of Literary Diversity. Brampton, ON. Hybrid event. Registration opening soon. Virtual events will take place from April 30-May 3.

          May 11-12 AMPA Conference, Calgary, AB. Registration opening soon.

May 26-29 Wiscon feminist science fiction & fantasy convention. Madison, WI. Hybrid event. Register here.

May 27-June 2 Reckonings and Re-Imaginings: Congress 2023 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. York University’s Keele and Glendon Campuses, Toronto, ON. Register here.

June 6-8 FIPP World Media Congress 2023. Cascais, Portugal. Register here.

June 17-18 Editors Canada 2023 National Conference. Toronto, ON. Registration opening soon.

June 22-27 American Library Association Conference. Chicago, IL. Exhibitor registration here

[Sept] WORD Vancouver Festival. Vancouver, BC. Dates tbd.

Sept 22-24 Paper Covers Rock Readers & Writers Festival. Salt Spring Island, BC. Speaker registration here

Sept. 22-Oct. 15  Culture Days. Hybrid event with in-person events throughout Vancouver, BC. Participation guide here. 

Oct. 12-15 Whistler Writers Festival. Whistler, BC.

Oct. 20-22 (master classes Oct. 18-19) Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Surrey, BC. Hybrid event. Registration opens June 7, 12pm PST.

[Oct] Vancouver Art Book Fair. Vancouver, BC. Dates tbd.

[Oct] Vancouver Writers Fest. Vancouver, BC. Hybrid event. Dates tbd. 

[Oct] BIPOC Writers Connect Conference. The Writers’ Union of Canada. Dates tbd. Applications will open Spring 2023. 


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