PitchFest

Event Date: 23rd November 2019

In partnership with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, AMPA is pleased to present PitchFest in both Calgary and Edmonton. This two-part event includes a 90-minute “How to Pitch to Magazines” seminar and the main event: a chance to pitch your story ideas to editors at some of the province’s finest magazines. For emerging writers and experienced freelancers alike, flex your writing muscles and hone your pitches: this intensive will prepare you for a face-to-face with a magazine editor(s) of your choice.

Registration Fees *Includes seminar and PitchFest
Student/AMPA Member/WGA Member: $25
Non-Member: $35

Thank you for your interest in PitchFest. Registration is Full.

Seminar: How to Pitch to Magazines

Join Western Living magazine editor Anicka Quin and veteran freelance writer Tim Querengesser in a seminar that will help you cover the bases with time-tested strategies for planning, researching and developing your ideas, polishing your query, making the approach and following up to get results. They’ll also share insider tips for establishing and nurturing the editorial relationship.

Edmonton, AB
Saturday, Nov. 2
10:30AM – 12:00PM
Percy Page Centre
Room #3, 1st Floor
11759 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6

Calgary, AB
Monday, Nov. 4
6:00PM – 7:30PM
cSPACE King Edward
4th Floor, RGO Treehouse
1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

Anicka Quin is the Editorial Director of Western Living and Vancouver magazines. Under her leadership, Western Living has become a regional brand with a national reputation, winning Best Home Design and Décor magazine in Canada in 2017 at the Canadian Magazine Awards and Magazine of the Year at the Editor’s Choice Awards in 2019; Vancouver magazine has also thrived under her tenure, winning Magazine of the Year at the Canadian Editors’ Choice Awards in 2018 and best e-newsletter in 2019. Before joining Western Living and Vanmag, Anicka worked with Alternatives Journal and the alt-weekly id Magazine. She sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and works with Magazines Canada for their professional development series.

Tim Querengesser is a writer based in Edmonton with more than 20 years of experience getting words into magazines — first as a freelancer, then as an editor, and then as a freelancer again. Tim is currently writing his first book, pitching to magazines and newspapers, and teaching young students how to write.  


PitchFest

Editors will be on hand to catch your pitches on Saturday, Nov. 23,  in both Calgary and Edmonton. You can pitch to one or several editors, and can even pitch more than one idea to each editor.

Edmonton, AB
Saturday, Nov. 23
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Percy Page Centre
Room #8, 3rd Floor
11759 Groat Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6

 

Calgary, AB
Saturday, Nov. 23
10:00AM – 1:00PM
cSPACE King Edward
4th Floor, RGO Treehouse
1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

 


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