Freelance Like You Mean Business (with Laird Harrison)

Laird Harrison




SUNDAY, JANUARY 21  |  If you’ve ever tried freelance writing, you’ve encountered a jungle. Publishing thrills abound, but if you don’t watch out, you get eaten alive. That’s because competition is stiff and writing skills don’t translate easily into income. To survive, you’ll have to think like a hard-nosed business person.

In this course, you’ll learn to evaluate the market for your work by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, finding your competitive edge and identifying your niche. Does a previous career or academic training give you depth of knowledge in a specialized field? Do you live in a news hotspot? Are you willing to change plans at a moment’s notice? Can you make sense of medical or technological jargon? At the end of this course, you’ll know how to get top dollar for your work while setting aside time to do what truly inspires you.

Among the topics covered:

  • Money management
  • Accounting software
  • Setting goals
  • Negotiating rates
  • Breaking into new markets
  • Time management
  • Professional organizations
  • Collaborations
  • Working with literary agents
  • Developing relationships with editors and publishers

This class is open to both new and intermediate nonfiction freelancers looking for ways to turn a passion into a comfortable living.

Laird Harrison is an artist who has learned to think like an entrepreneur. His journalism has appeared in Time, Reuters, Salon, and Health among many other publications. He has produced audio for KQED and WUNC and video for Smithsonian and WebMD. Author of the novel Fallen Lake, he has taught journalism at U.C. Berkeley Extension, Media Bistro, and San Francisco State University. He loves what he does and pays his bills by doing it.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, January 21

Course fee: $85.00

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