Friday, May 10, 2013

Building Your Professional Platform: a special workshop with Sylvia Taylor

Building Your Professional Platform: The Art & Engineering of Making a Living in the Writing World: A special workshop presented by Sylvia Taylor and hosted by the Burnaby Writers’ Society.
Getting published and making a living isn't just about writing anymore - it's about building a solid foundation, a platform, of credibility and expertise. For experienced and emerging writers alike, we need to build our presence from the ground up, with good planning, good tools, good materials and creative flair.

Participants will:
*Ramp up their approach to building a writing-related career
*Learn the components of a powerful professional platform
*Understand why and how platform-building is career building
*Perceive writing-related activities as a viable career option
*Develop ways to market themselvs and their skills
*Discover creative niches to pursue work
*Assess their skills and experiences and how best to use them
*Create a "blueprint" for their writing-related career
*Share ideas, experiences, insights in career-building

Date: Thursday June 13th 2013, Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Location: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Studio 104. Cost: $15 for non-members, free for BWS members

Registration: Contact Kelly Dycavinu at or by phone 778-398-0321 Coffee/Tea and cookies will be provided.

Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver. A past director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years and current director for the Arts Council of Surrey, she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing-related skills, and is a popular conference presenter and adjudicator.

Her works have appeared in anthologies and genre magazines in Canada and the US, and was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. With over 400 articles in print, she has edit-coached over 100 book manuscripts and hosts author-readings series in partnership with city libraries. Heritage House Publishing released her historical literary memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast, September, 2012.

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