PitchFest

Event Date: 19th November 2018

In partnership with the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, AMPA is pleased to present PitchFest. This week-long (Nov. 19 – Nov. 24) event includes a 90-minute “How to Pitch to Magazines” seminar, two opportunities to workshop your ideas, 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 week-long intensive will prepare you for a face-to-face with a magazine editor(s) of your choice.

Seminar and PitchFest Only: $40.00
Seminar, Workshop and/or Consultation, and PitchFest: $75.00

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Seminar: How to Pitch to Magazines

Date: Monday, Nov. 19
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: cSPACE King Edward RGO Treehouse 4th Floor, 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 6T7

Join veteran magazine editor Käthe Lemon and award-winning freelance  and author writer Taylor Lambert on Monday, Nov. 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This seminar 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.

Käthe Lemon

Käthe Lemon is the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine in Calgary. She has worked as a magazine editor and writer for 20 years for a range of award-winning publications, and has been at the helm of Avenue since 2007. She started her career in trade magazines, working for West Coast Aviator, then launched and edited two in-flight magazines before moving to the east coast where she was the editor of The Atlantic Chamber Journal. She has also worked for Outpost and Alberta Views.

 

Taylor Lambert

Taylor Lambert is an award-winning longform journalist and the author of four books, including Darwin’s Moving, an exploration of class divides through the lens of the moving industry, which won the 2017 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. His acclaimed narrative treatment of the 2013 Alberta flood, Rising, was a Calgary Herald bestseller.

 


Workshop: Crafting Your Pitch

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 20
Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Alexandra Writers Centre Society, cSPACE King Edward, 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 6T7

You have the basics of crafting a pitch, but now put that knowledge on paper. Join Olyn Ozbick for this 3-hour session to help you craft and hone your pitch in preparation for your face-to-face with a magazine editor on Nov. 24. 

 

Consultation: Blue Pencil

Date: Thursday, Nov. 22
Time: 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Alexandra Writers Centre Society, cSPACE King Edward, 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 6T7

You’ve crafted your pitch but now you’d like one more eye to make sure you’re nailing it. At the Blue Pencil workshop, you’ll have the opportunity for a 20-minute session with Olyn Ozbick to further refine your pitch. 

 

Note:  You may choose to attend either the workshop, consultation, or both when registering. 

 

Olyn Ozbick

A graduate of Ryerson University School of Journalism, Olyn Ozbick began her career, under the name Carolyn Fleming, as editor of Glenbowmagazine. She launched Calgary’s entertainment tabloid, the now-iconic, Last Issue, which she left it in the capable hands of Heather Elton and Kevin Brooker, to work with publisher Dan Bowman as founding editor of Banff Life magazine. Then came a successful stint as publications manager at Foothills Hospital editing all publications, including FH Journal, the precursor of what is now Apple, and garnering numerous national and international corporate communications awards including, Hygeia, Graphis International, Gold and Silver from IABC, and more. During this time she taught Magazine Writing and Production in the faculty of Journalism at Mount Royal. Leaving to work as a mother, she launched her freelance career, writing a regular family column for Chatelaine, contributing regularly to EquinoxHarrowsmith, and American Airlines, and writing for numerous local and national magazines. She was Editor to NovaNorcen and West Jet’s corporate publications, and launched Avenue West for Avenue publications, where she also briefly filled the full-time position of Editor of Avenue. Committed to finding a balance between work and family, she left there to launch her own publishing business, Perigraph, through which she published the seasonal gardening magazine Bloom, and later added Retreat and Bride and Groom to the publishing mix. The very day she closed her publishing business in 2010 she was short-listed for the CBC Short Story Awards, whence her career as a fiction writer began.


PitchFest

Date: Saturday, Nov. 24
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: cSPACE RGO Treehouse 4th Floor, 1721 29 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 6T7

Editors will be on hand to catch your pitches on Saturday Nov. 24 starting at 1:00p.m. You can pitch your way through one or several editors, and can even pitch more than one idea to each editor.

Participating magazine editors to aim your pitches at are:


Seminar and PitchFest Only: $40.00
Seminar, Workshop and/or Consultation, and PitchFest: $75.00

 

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