Saturday, 12 January 2013

Three Conferences in One!

When: May 24 to 26, 2013

Where: Robbins Health Learning Centre, MacEwan University Edmonton, Alberta

Get Writing! Get Editing! Get Publishing!
At Words in 3 Dimensions, you get the best of the Get Publishing Communications Society, the Writers' Guild of Alberta, and the Editors’ Association of Canada (Prairie Provinces Branch)—all under one roof.
Put yourself at the centre of this historic convergence of writerly know-how. Words in 3 Dimensions is the only conference where you get the full industry picture: writing, editing, publishing—where they interact, where they intersect, where they ignite.
Rub shoulders with peers, leading writers, editors, publishers, and agents. Get fired up by inspiring keynote speakers. Spark your career with targeted preconference workshops. Fan the flames of your potential through diverse conference sessions, one-on-one mentorship, and our ever-popular pitch camp.
Join us for three stimulating days of learning, networking, and connecting—May 24 to 26, 2013, at the Robbins Health Learning Centre, MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. And take your words to a whole new dimension.

Conference Schedule

Friday morning, May 24 

9:00 a.m. – noon
Pre-conference Workshops
Children’s Picture Books with former Orca Children’s Picture Book Editor, Christi Howes
Personal Branding: Get Taken Seriously by Taking Yourself Seriously with local publicity professionals, Pam Brierley and Liz Greenaway

Friday afternoon, May 24

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Workshops
Mastering the In-Person Pitch with Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest Agent
Quintessential Structural Editing with Rosemary Shipton

Friday Evening, May 24

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Conference Registration
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Alistair MacLeod, author

Saturday, May 25

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Coffee/Registration
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Shipton, editor
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSION 1
  • Getting at the Truth
  • The Grammar Girls Are In
  • Building Your Freelance Portfolio
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  BREAK
11:15 – 12:30 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSION 2
  • Writing for Literary Journals
  • Stop the Presses: Publicity in our 3D World
  • Relationship Juggling
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and WGA AGM
12:30 – 5:00 p.m. Marketplace
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSION 3
  • Copyright & Contracts
  • Poetry Panel
  • Worlds of Fiction
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Pitch Camp, Writers’ Circus, Blue Pencil Café
6:00 – 11:30 p.m. Banquet: WGA & BPAA Book Awards & Gala
6:00 – 6:30 Cocktails
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 Book Awards hosted by Shelagh Rogers

Sunday, May 26

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Nancy Flight, publisher
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSION
  • Running Your Freelance Business
  • Is Niche a Dirty Word for Young Adult Fiction?
  • Future of Publishing
  • Chat Room with Rosemary Shipton
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and closing performance
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Grant Writing Boot Camp (Free, public workshop)


Full Conference Registration (Friday keynote through Sunday lunch, does not include Gala)
Early Bird
(register by
April 3)
(after April 3)
Non-member $225.00 $275.00
Member of bronze sponsor organization* $200.00 $248.00
Member of silver sponsor organization** or member of Get Publishing, WGA or EAC $180.00 $220.00
Pre-Conference Workshops (cost per workshop)
If not registered for full conference $70.00
Registered for conference and member of a bronze sponsor organization* $63.00
Registered for conference and member of a silver sponsor organization ** or member of Get Publishing, WGA or EAC $56.00
Single Ticket Sales
Friday keynote and reception Saturday Sunday Alberta Book Awards Gala and dinner
Non-member $40.00 $150.00 $90.00 $65.00
Member of bronze sponsor organization* $40.00 $135.00 $81.00 $65.00
Member of silver sponsor organization** or member of Get Publishing, WGA or EAC $40.00 $120.00 $72.00 $65.00
*Bronze sponsor organizations: Matthew Cabaj Design
**Silver sponsor organizations: Priority Printing, River City Productions

Blue Pencil Workshop

At Words in 3 Dimensions, meet one-on-one with an established author and ask those burning questions you’ve always had about getting published. Chat about the literary life. Share your ideas for articles, books, and projects. Got a query about how to query? The answers are waiting for you at the Blue Pencil Café. Find the publishing solution that works for you.
Pre-registration is required and more details will be available when the program is released.


Saturday, May 25, 11:30 – 5:00

Shop ‘til you drop, as you stock your writerly toolbox with information, advice, memberships, books—and more!—at the Words in 3 Dimensions Marketplace. Publishers, writing organizations, support agencies, authors, editors, and agents ply their wares in this vibrant word-power bazaar. Fill your basket—and your mind!

Silent Auction

Place a bid on a plethora of useful, unique, or unusual treasures at the Words in 3 Dimensions Silent Auction. Start some friendly competition, and watch the sparks fly. Keep track of all the auction action at the Marketplace.

Marketplace Tables

Vendors! Vendors! Vendors! Got words to sell? Need new voices for your writing circle? Want to boost your membership or subscriptions? A Words in 3 Dimensions marketplace table may be just what you need. Book a table for only $50. Space is limited, so contact Theresa Agnew today for details at

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