Magazine Residency Program

Event Date: 18th October 2017

Some days it can feel like no one understands your workplace challenges. AMPA wants to put you around a table with the people who get it. Our fall magazine residency aims to bring you face-to-face with your peers and other industry professionals who understand the ins and out of your role, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully navigating the demanding world of magazine publishing.

The residency, with specific programming on three different days for art directors, editors and cultural/small magazine publishers, offers AMPA members an opportunity to build collaboration and share best practices through expert-led roundtable discussions. Bring your proven solutions and questions, and prepare to learn from each other and our industry innovators. Lunch will be provided.

Cultural and Small Mags: Wednesday, October 18, Free
Editorial: Thursday, October 19, $60
Art Direction: Friday, October 20, $60

Cultural and Small Mags Track

Wednesday, October 18
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join seasoned publishers Lisa Whittington-Hill and Joyce Byrne, and staff from AMPA-member cultural magazines to build collaboration and share best practices through roundtable discussion covering a wide range of areas including:

  • audience development
  • finding new readers
  • branding
  • succession planning in a volunteer-run organization
  • marketing and events
  • diversifying revenues
  • funding updates
  • business management and planning
  • circulation
  • hiring and managing interns
  • managing burnout

Lisa Whittington-Hill is the publisher of This Magazine, Canada’s leading progressive magazine of politics, arts and culture. Previously she was the small magazines project manager for Magazines Canada. She was on the Board of Directors of Magazines Canada, where she chaired the association’s consumer marketing committee, and is currently a director on the Board of the National Magazines Awards. She also works as a circulation and marketing consultant for small magazines and is a fundraising consultant for Magazines Canada’s Travelling Consultants Program. Lisa also teaches magazine marketing at Centennial College in the school’s book and magazine publishing program.

Joyce Byrne is Avenue magazine Calgary’s publisher. Previously she held positions as Vice President and Associate Publisher of Venture Publishing, consulting publisher to Eighteen Bridges, and publisher of This Magazine. Additionally, Joyce has been proofreader at Taddle Creek, a Toronto literary magazine for more than 10 years. Joyce is a director of the International Regional Magazine Association, and recently served as president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. She was a director of Magazines Canada from 2002-2012 chairing their professional development committee as well as serving on numerous others. She has been a juror for the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Ministry of Culture. In addition to industry volunteer work, Joyce has been involved with the boards or steering committees of Webgirls and Digital Eve (Toronto), the Word on the Street (Toronto), Theatre Network (Edmonton) and helped raise money for NABS during her four years as chair of the Edmonton Cannes Reel Committee.

Editorial Track

Thursday, October 19
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join award-winning writer and editor Kim Pittaway for an intimate session on making your mark as an editor, re-establishing your key goals and prioritizing them so they don’t slip behind on the day-to-day to-do’s.

Explore how to:

  • Get the best from yourself and your writers
  • Interact with your audience
  • Meet critical editorial expectations
  • Find the support you need to succeed
  • Recruit, motivate, support and retain great staff
  • Cultivate new and diverse voices
  • Get the best from freelancers and other creators, and
  • Work effectively with the larger publishing team

Kim Pittaway (BJ (Carleton), MFA (Goucher) ) is the executive director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. She is the former managing editor and editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, and the recipient of several honours and awards for her work in journalism: she is an eight-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, recipient of the NMA Outstanding Achievement Award, a winner of an honourable mention from the American Society of Journalists and Authors in service journalism, winner of a 2009 Canadian Science Writers Association Science & Society award in the radio documentary category, and finalist for the best newsstand issue (circ 200,000+) in the 2006 Canadian Newsstand Awards.

She has written for Hazlitt, The Walrus, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, More, Canadian Living, Best Health, Homemaker’s, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Cottage Life, and others. She has also contributed radio documentaries for CBC’s The Current and Tapestry. She has taught in the Journalism programs at Ryerson University and the University of King’s College, and has conducted a wide range of professional development workshops for Magazines Canada, AMPA, IFEX and others.

Art Direction Track

Friday, October 20
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Half-hour Consultations
12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Lunch and roundtable discussion

Join design directors Ina Saltz and Domenic Macri for a day of moderated discussions about handling what’s on your plate, how to stay happy in your role and how to make your mark as an art director.

In this session you’ll explore how to:

  • Prioritize your key goals
  • Put your best foot forward
  • Find inspiration
  • Stay creative
  • Bring out the best in your freelancers and other creators
  • Identify the support you need for success, and;
  • Build stronger relationships with your larger publishing team.

This session offers the opportunity for a one-on-one half-hour consultation with Ina Saltz and Domenic Macri. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please indicate your interest on the registration form.

Ina Saltz is a professor at the City College of New York who specializes in editorial design and typography. For over twenty-five years she was a Design Director of national and international publications such as Time Magazine, Business Week, and Golf Magazine. For over 15 years she was a design faculty member at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. For over ten years she served as a board member for the Society of Publication Designers. Ina’s design courses on Learning have currently been viewed by over 150,000 members. She is the author of over fifty articles and four books including Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type.


Domenic Macri has designed and art directed for Toronto Life, FASHION magazine, Flare, What’s Cooking and GUSTO! He is best known in his current role as art director for The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine. Over the past decade Marci has led ROB through several redesigns and earned recognition from the Art Directors Club of Canada and the National Magazine Awards where he has more than 20  honourable mentions, three silver and six gold wins.





*To keep these sessions as intimate as possible, registration is limited. Registration is open to voting members only until Wednesday, September 6 and will then open to affiliate members .

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