SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 | Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?
It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work. I’ll teach you not only what to do but what not to do, with practical advice from setting yourself up as a business to pitching, budgeting, understanding contracts, and more. I’ll tell you everything I know, so that you won’t have to repeat the mistakes I made when starting out as a freelance writer and editor.
Sample topics include:
• Coming up with story ideas
• Writing the perfect pitch
• Identifying the best publication for your story
• Working with editors
• Negotiating payment (what should you charge? how to negotiate a better rate?)
• Branding yourself
• Using social media
• Scheduling and managing work
• Handling conflicts
This class is for writers who are new to freelancing, as well as beginning-intermediate freelancers who want to up their game. All students will receive a packet of informational forms including examples of successful pitches. Students will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on a sample pitch during the class.
Anisse Gross is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TheNewYorker.com, the Guardian, Quartz, San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Lucky Peach, BuzzFeed, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, the Brooklyn Quarterly, Edible Hudson Valley, and elsewhere.
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dates: Saturday, August 26
Course fee: $165