Monday, August 12, 2013

"PitchFest" offered to Edmonton freelancers

Freelancers will learn to put it right across the plate at a two-part "PitchFest" in Edmonton, presented by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA). The event happens on consecutive Saturdays, September 7 and 14. 

There will be a seminar by Shelley Youngblut on Saturday, Sept. 7 starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a panel with Max Fawcett (managing editor, Alberta Venture), Tim Querengesser (senior editor, Alberta Venture), Steven Sandor (editor, Avenue Edmonton) and Lindsay Shapka (editor, Where Edmonton). On Saturday, September 14 the panelists will be available for one-on-one sessions starting at 1 p.m. to fine-tune their story queries.

Youngblut was the founding editor-in-chief of Swerve, the Calgary Herald’s weekly magazine, which won 65 national, international and regional awards (and 115 nominations) under her direction. She was most recently the western editor of The Globe and Mail, and is a regular member of The CBC Eyeopener’s Unconventional Panel. She was previously an editor at ESPN the Magazine, Seventeen and Cosmopolitan All About Men. The author of three sports books, she has written for Entertainment Weekly, Salon, Martha Stewart Living and many Canadian publications.  

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