Professional Writers Association of Canada amalgamation update

Posted by on 01 Apr 2020 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

The Canadian Freelance Guild has launched. Professional Writers Association of Canada members have received our emails, inviting us to join. A PWAC member for more than three decades, I’ve found deciding whether or not to continue my commitment through this transition to the CFG extremely challenging. I submitted my resignation from PWAC’s board of directors, effective today, April 1. And I’ve decided not to become a CFG member. Members of PWAC and of our board have all been extremely understanding and respectful of my perspective. After I ceased active freelance writing, I maintained my PWAC membership because I wanted to support Canada’s freelance community. The new CFG is part of a labour union. When I was a high school teacher, I was active in the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, representing my school at our local branch in various capacities over the years. That activity makes my support for organized labour clear. I don’t feel right joining the CFG, though, simply because labour unions get their members’ dues from their members’ earnings, and I have not earned any significant sums from freelance writing for a very long time. My trying to show my support for the freelance community by becoming a CFG member would be counterproductive, I believe. The CFG needs members who are active freelancers, and I know, as I keyboard, active freelancers are clicking through to join. Here’s the link. I wish the CFG every success.

PWAC/CMG-Freelance Transition Committee, February 6, 2020: from left (back) Scott Edmonds, George Butters, David Petrie, Paul Verhaegh, Ellen Michelson, Don Genova, Carmel Smyth, Gerry Whelan; (front) Anna Bianca Roach, Trudy Kelly Forsythe, Christine Peets, Kathe Lieber, Doreen Pendgracs, Lisa Caroglanian Dorazio

Consider reading your work in public.

Posted by on 08 Feb 2020 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

The Toronto Public Library’s Annette Street branch (145 Annette, west of Keele) features open mic evenings. Each highlights an author whose work is part of the library system’s holdings, other invited writers, and successful applicants. At the Annette Street’s Tuesday, February 25 Open Mic (6-8p.m.), I’ll be reading a scene from the short play I’m working on now. The scene’s other character, I’m happy to say, will be read by librarian-author Bernadette Gabay Dyer. Click here for more info on the event and how you can apply to read.

Annette Street Public Library
https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/annette/


Professional Writers Association of Canada’s future

Posted by on 25 Jan 2020 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

We voted on PWAC’s future on January 14, 2020, at an online special general meeting. We’re going to dissolve PWAC and amalgamate with the Canadian Media Guild Freelance Branch to form a new organization, the Canadian Freelance Guild.

This change is huge. PWAC has been a national arts service organization (NASO). CMG-F is associated with the Communication Workers of America-Canada, a labour union. Our bigger numbers will be an advantage in today’s freelancing world, but our legal and organizational adjustments will be considerable.

The history of centuries of guilds grounds our new organization and builds confidence, I think.

Our combined boards had our first online meeting two days ago, on January 23. We’re getting together in person for two days early in February. Our tasks include, for example, combining membership criteria and dues payment systems from both organizations. Our first AGM will likely be in October.

Ontario RD

Posted by on 30 Aug 2019 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Professional Writers Association of Canada logo

Doreen Pendgracs, recently elected president of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, emailed me a week or so ago, asking if I’d fill a vacancy on the board.

(Yummy aside here: most PWAC members have specialties. Doreen’s is chocolate! https://chocolatour.net/ )

Back to PWAC: although I’ve been a member for more than thirty years, I was awed and terrified by Doreen’s request. Support from my predecessor, details from our past president … emails reassured me, useful docs attached enlightened me. My appointment as regional director for Ontario became official during our board meeting yesterday evening, a virtual meeting because our organization stretches across the country. I’m honoured to be able to give back to the association that gave me so much throughout my active days as a freelance writer. Adventure awaits.

Certainly

Posted by on 02 Apr 2019 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Certainly, a new play by Ellen Michelson - Jane Carnwath, director; Damon Lum, coordinator
A high school teacher loves her students. About to retire, she receives her toughest assignment ever. A renowned historical figure provides support via a young colleague, and a school caretaker takes an interest. Catastrophe averted?

A talkback will follow the staged reading of this short play. Come, laugh, groan, sigh, and share your views.

info on location, etc.: email ellen (at) ellenmichelson.ca

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