Month: May 2015

Special Opportunity at Saturday June 13th Workshop!


On Saturday June 13th, ARWA is hosting a workshop focusing on Marketing Yourself. As part of that workshop, we are delighted to tell you that we are bringing in photographer Alana Wilner ( ) who will take head shots for those members who wish them. Photos will cost $50 and must be paid for by the member purchasing them.

Alana says:

Weather permitting, the photos will be taken outside near the ARWA location. Each session will be 15-30 minutes depending on how many people would like to participate. The cost will be $50 per person, and after the shoot I will put up a separate gallery for each person with 5 or so images that they can choose from. They can pick their favourite image and I will edit it fully and upload it into their gallery in both black and white as well as colour. They will be free to download their image and print it or put it on the web as much as they would like. They will be provided with both a print quality image for any print publications they’d like to use it for, as well as web quality for blogs and websites etc. Additional images may be purchased for $20 per photo (a black and white version as well as colour will be provided for all additional images purchased as well).

Although these are headshots, Alana suggests the most effective upper clothing/make up to wear on the day of is something that you’re comfortable and confident in. Try not to wear any shirts with words or logos on them, and layering is a great way to get a variety of looks in a short amount of time without having to change clothing. Scarves are also a nice easy way to give some diversity to your photos since they’re easy to remove for a different look.

Payment is by cash (exact please) or cheque made payable to Alana Wilner Photography. Alana will offer receipts as ARWA members can claim this as a business expense. Receipts will be uploaded to your personal photo gallery after the shoot.

Click here to check out Alana’s website to see examples of her work.

If you are interested, please contact Diana as soon as possible so we can get an idea of possible numbers.

Thank you, Victoria!

Thank you so much to Victoria Smith for her fantastic presentation yesterday on writing synopses and blurbs. I know I learned something about my characters as I went through just the exercises. And the afternoon session, we all commiserated about the need for chocolate when dealing with rejection.

Saturday Workshop – May 9th


May 9th, 2015 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. Members only.

Synopsis Writing and How to Deal with Rejection

with Victoria Smith

Join Victoria Smith for a hands-on workshop to help you get over your fear of writing a synopsis. We’ll discuss the difference between a synopsis, a blurb and a proposal, as well as when each should be used. Come prepared to draft the synopsis of your chosen work in the morning. In the afternoon we’re going to tackle how to deal with rejection. Wait, but we’ve just crafted a winning synopsis, what? Regardless of how amazing your work is, not every agent is right for every piece of work. This session will be partly inspired by Sarah Wendell’s 2014 Surrey workshop, and we will encourage members to share their own experiences and coping mechanisms.