The Magazines West Conference, or MagsWest, is British Columbia’s only conference for magazine professionals and students.
Journalists, bloggers, communications staff, marketers, designers and others may also find sessions of interest at our event.
MagsWest is organized by the Magazine Association of BC in consultation with its members and the local publishing industry.
This year, MagsWest runs from Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28. For details on our speakers and sessions, please visit our website.
Save by registering by March 10. Pre-registration ends March 23.
MagsBC offers its members, members of affiliated organizations, and students a promotional code to use when registering to claim a discount: MW20-MEM-DISCOUNT
See below the schedule for the list of affiliates.
(Member magazines, affiliates, and associates can also claim 1-5 free day passes, depending on the dues they pay. If you did not receive the codes for these passes, please contact Sylvia Skene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-688-1175.)
This year we are also offering magazine staff and publishers in communities outside Metro Vancouver (i.e. it’s a day trip for you to get here) assistance with attending our conference by refunding half the registration costs to attend one or more sessions.
MagsBC supports reducing barriers to the disadvantaged. Please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to attend our conference or other programming but cannot because of financial hardship or disability. We have a limited number of free tickets available, and we will also do our best to hire a hearing or visual interpreter if needed.
We want you to come!
– Schedule –
Friday, March 27, 2020
8-8:40 a.m. Networking Breakfast, location tbd. Pre-registration is required. Attendees must pay for their own food and drink.
Conference, BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour St., Vancouver
8:30-9 a.m. Refreshments
Sign up for a Social Media Doctor consultation with Taryn Hardes at the registration desk. Times: 9:45-10:15, 10:30-11, 11:45-12:15, 12:45-1:15, 1:30-2, 2:45-3:15. Available to Friday or all-conference pass registrants only.
Note: Jason Maghanoy will be available for revenue diversity consultations Saturday afternoon. MagsBC members can also apply via the Magazine Coach Program to have a 1/2 to full-day consultation session with Jason during the week following the conference.
9 a.m. Use Your Voice: The Power of Small Magazines and Local Media – Keynote Manifesto by Erin Millar, Discourse Media
9:50-10:15 a.m.: Refreshment break
10:15-11:45 a.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Picture Research and Licensing – Mary Rose MacLachlan, Derek Capitaine, MacCap Permissions
- Using Storytelling to Expand Your Magazine’s Reach – Avie Olarte, Here Magazine and David McKie
- Building Your Magazine Through Unique Brand Experiences and Other Revenue Strategies – Jason Maghanoy, St. Joseph Media
11:45 a.m. Buffet lunch
12:20-1:20 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Changes to the CPF Aid To Publishers Program (1-hour: presentation & Q&A) – Canada Periodical Fund (representatives tbd)
- Creative BC Q&A (1 hour) – Erika Kumar and Mathew Parry
12:30-3 p.m. Workshop:
- Introduction to Editing Your Writing and Others’ (2 1/2 hours) – Dania Sheldon
1:30-3 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Dania Sheldon’s editing workshop (continued)
- Leveraging Your Grant Funding to Get Stuff Happening – Allyson McGrane, Left Right Minds
- Service Packages for Small and Niche Magazines – Stacey McLachlan, Canada Wide Media
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break
3:15-4:45 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Freelance Writing – Jennifer Van Evra
- Engaging Underrepresented Writers and Communities in Publishing – Panel, with Yilin Wang, Chimedum Ohaegbu, and Selina Boan. Moderator, Nav Nagra, ROOM magazine.
- How To Do Scrollytelling in an Effective and Appealing Way – Malin Pettersen, Vev Design
4:45-6:30 p.m. After-Conference Social, Steamworks Brew Pub, 375 Water Street, Vancouver. This is a separate cost from the conference. Please register separately for this event. The registration fee covers some appetizers, but attendees must pay for the rest of their own food and drink.
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2020
Conference, BCIT Downtown Campus
9-9:30 a.m. Refreshments
Sign up for a Revenue Diversity Doctor consultation with Jason Maghanoy at the registration desk. Times: 12:30-1, 1:15-1:45, 2-2:30, 2:45-3:15. Available to Saturday or all-conference pass registrants only.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Finding Stories in Numbers (3-hour workshop) – David McKie
– Attendees must bring own laptops with a spreadsheet program they’re familiar with using, e.g. MS Excel. Attendees will also be asked to submit a data-related research question at least a week before the workshop.
- Advanced Graphic Design for Magazines (3-hour workshop) – Carley Hodgkinson
9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Workshop:
- Podcasting (5 1/2-hour workshop) – Sarah Hoyles
– Attendees must bring own laptops with audio editing software (such as Audacity) and any other equipment and audio files they plan to use in creating podcasts.
12:30-1:15 p.m. Break for lunch (not provided)
1:15-2:45/3:45 p.m. Concurrent sessions:
- Investigative Collaborations for Local News Organizations and Magazines (1 1/2 hours, to 2:45 p.m.) – Patti Sontag, Institute for Investigative Journalism
- Sarah Hoyles’ podcasting workshop (continued, to 3:45 p.m.)
Affiliated organizations include:
- Magazines Canada
- Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA)
- L’Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines (AQEM)
Editor, writer, and book publisher organizations:
- Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC)
- Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC)
- Federation of BC Writers
- Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
- Writers Union of Canada
Other creative industry organizations who have supported our association and the creative industry sector in BC:
- Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
- Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)
- Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA)
- Music BC
This conference is funded by the Government of Canada.