Five years is not an insignificant amount of time. It acts as a benchmark when we think about setting goals in our lives and careers. We complete undergraduate studies and enter the work force in five years. We can accomplish a lot in five years. The days, weeks, and months tick by at a rate that is faster than most of us like, especially when we enjoy what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.
I joined a professional writers organization five years ago. My hope was that I’d connect with like-minded writers, learn from them, and enjoy a creative and professional community that would help me reach my goals. My end goal was to become a working professional writer and, I’m proud to say, my hope became my reality.
What is PWAC?
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is a national organization that serves Canadian non-fiction freelance writers across the country. PWAC works to:
- Promote the value, rights and interests of professional writers
- Deliver resources and professional development opportunities to Canadian writers
- Provide a critical bridge to connect writers with client (and with each other)
Who joins PWAC?
Professional writers of all shapes, sizes, and levels of experience make up the growing membership of PWAC. Over 600 freelance professionals from across Canada enjoy the benefits of this professional association. Many have magazine and newspaper backgrounds, some are published authors of books, and others have moved from writing to teaching about writing. All of PWAC’s members are established professionals who maintain that a PWAC membership provides them with the most value for membership dollars.
Why join PWAC?
Whether a beginning freelance writer or a seasoned professional, PWAC membership helps all writers reach their goals. PWAC membership offers:
- Invaluable peer support that includes learning from each other, sharing of experiences – both positive and negative, and the opportunity to network with other writers
- A press card that affords access to industry events, museums, and research
- Discounts on health, home, dental and auto insurance as well as memberships with other writing organizations
- Marketing and promotional opportunities
- Access to professional development opportunities at low or no cost
Five years ago I held dear the hope of becoming a working professional writer. Over the course of these five years I have enjoyed many more benefits of my professional level membership:
- Access to other professional writers who are enjoying a successful freelance lifestyle
- Increased exposure as a professional writer
- Access to a supportive and encouraging community that freely shares their experiences and many members willing to mentor me while I established expertise
- The opportunity to lead Saskatchewan based members of PWAC as their interim President and member at large
- The opportunity to help other writers establish themselves in the Saskatchewan market
- The honour of helping to set PWAC’s agenda by participating in the annual general meeting as a voting member
As I look back on these past five years, I believe that my success as a working writer is directly due to my professional PWAC membership.
- I learned from the experts and connected with mentors who genuinely wanted to help me succeed at my craft.
- I developed the essential skills that freelancers need to build success.
- I became more aware of my own talents and expertise and how sharing them could help other beginning writers.
- I improved my writing.
- I gained the confidence I needed to succeed as a freelance writer.
How to become a member of PWAC.
Are you interested in joining PWAC? Point your mouse over here and discover what membership level you are entitled to. Membership levels include:
- Professional members (those currently working as a paid writer) enjoy access to all the benefits of PWAC, can hold chapter and national board of directors’ positions, and attend the annual general meeting as a voting member
- Associate members (good choice for those re-entering the world of freelance) enjoy full access to PWAC benefits, but cannot hold chapter and national board of directors’ positions or attend the annual general meeting as a voting member
- Student members (those currently in school full-time or within one year of graduation) access some of PWAC benefits at a reduced rate and, like associate members, cannot hold chapter and national board of director’s position or be delegates at the annual general meeting
Begin your journey to living the life you dream of by working to become a professional writer who loves what you do, why you do it, and how you do it.
Thank you to all the PWAC ers who have helped me along my journey to becoming a working professional writer. (You know who you are!)