First Monthly PWAC Vancouver Social

by Kelly Thompson- PWAC Vancouver President

From left to right, Jeff from Print Futures, President Kelly Thompson, Past President Michelle Clough and Membership Coordinator David Conn

From left to right, Print Futures Student, Jeff from Print Futures, President Kelly Thompson, Past President Michelle Clough and Membership Coordinator David Conn

Last night was a great night for the chapter, as we had our first PWAC Vancouver monthly social at Steamworks Pub downtown. More social networking events are something that our members have been asking for and so we’ve been looking to provide more opportunities to chat with your fellow writers and others in the business.

The night was a great success with thirteen people in attendance with a mix of about half current members and half from the Douglas College Print Futures program, who heard about the event through social media channels. It provided us all an opportunity to ask questions, learn about what is currently being taught in writing programs in Canada and for the students to meet a successful graduate of their program; Regional Director Heidi Turner.

We came, we laughed and we socialized. And then we got down to business: Sharing our most inspiring or heartbreaking rejections letters/stories from years in the writing business. It served as a great reminder of how far we’ve all come in our careers but also, the importance of continuing to pitch in order to maintain a successful business.

Past President Michelle Clough, Membership Coordinator David Conn and Regional Director Heidi Turner

Past President Michelle Clough, Membership Coordinator David Conn and Regional Director Heidi Turner

Freelancing can be solitary work and the benefits of casual socializing events can’t be stressed enough. It’s always a pleasure to talk with students new to the business, who bring passion and excitement to the world of writing, and equally wonderful to see our experienced writers pass down advice from their own careers.

Our next event will be February 7th, so check in at our Facebook and Twitter pages for more details. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Kelly Thompson- PWAC Vancouver President

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