Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Date: Sunday, September 20
Course fee: $125
Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. Maybe you’re thinking: How will I make enough money? How do I write a pitch? Where should I be pitching my work? How can I successfully pitch without a portfolio or any published clips?
It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to make it successfully as a freelance writer. In this 1-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazine, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work. You’ll learn 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 same mistakes I did when starting out my career as a freelance writer and editor.
- 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
- Blending streams of income (key to financial survival!)
- Contracts (how to read them and look for red flags)
- Handling conflicts
Anisse Gross is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She received an MA and an MFA from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her work has appeared in TheNewYorker.com, The Guardian, Quartz, The Believer, Lucky Peach, the San Francisco Chronicle, S.F. Weekly, The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, the Brooklyn Quarterly, and elsewhere.