UPDATE: As of July 24, this workshop is sold out. If any additional spots open up, I will give notice.
This is a workshop for people who want to tell better stories in print and online publications. Whether you are just breaking into freelance writing, or trying to up your game by contributing to more prominent media outlets, or if you want to move into a new storytelling beat — either way, this is for you.
Here’s what’s on the agenda of this interactive workshop:
- How to generate excellent article ideas
- How to develop strong sources
- What it takes to pitch editors — and get them to respond
- How to shape a broad idea into a full-fledged narrative
- How to get paid
- What to look out for in contracts and taxes
- Basic journalism ethics
- Making freelance writing a serious, joyful part of life
You will leave this workshop with a personally tailored list of media outlets to pitch, at least one draft of a story pitch, and with a wealth of resources to tap into as you navigate the dynamic freelance world — including a reading list, editorial connections, and a guide to the best online tools for journalists.
UPDATE: Detroit Free Press entertainment editor Steve Byrne will join us for the last hour to talk about freelancing from an editor’s perspective.
This brass-tacks workshop will also deliver plenty of stories from Anna Clark’s hard-earned lessons from freelancing — 12 years after she began freelance writing, and 6.5 years since she’s been doing it as a full-time, self-supporting freelance journalist.
Coffee, tea, and a vegetarian meal will be provided. (Please alert Anna if you have any allergies.) Bring writing materials.
See registration details below.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
3pm – 6pm
Facilitator: Anna Clark
The workshop will be held in Anna’s cozy home (see a glimpse of it in the photo on the left) in Detroit, near the Fisher Building in the New Center neighborhood. Address and directions will be shared with workshop participants. Very unfortunately, this space is not ADA-accessible. Street parking is available
About the Facilitator
Anna Clark is a freelance journalist in Detroit. Her long-form features, news, and opinion pieces have appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Grantland, The American Prospect, Next City and other publications. Since 2012, Clark has written about local accountability journalism in the Great Lakes region for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its U.S. Project. She is also the director of applications for Write A House, which rehabs longtime vacant homes in Detroit and gives them to writers, for keeps.
Clark was a U.S. Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya and editor of A Detroit Anthology, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book. She will be part of the 2017 class of Knight-Wallace journalism fellows at the University of Michigan, and she is currently at work on a book about the Flint water crisis for Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt.
The workshop is open to anyone who wants to enroll. Registration for the three-hour session, including a vegetarian meal, is $75.
Payment is accepted via PayPal. If that is impossible for you, please email the facilitator ASAP at annaleighclark-at-gmail-dot-com to make other arrangements. Refunds are only available in the event that the facilitator cancels all or part of the workshop.
Click here to register for the workshop via PayPal.
“In the freelancing workshop, Anna Clark shared professional resources and offered clear guidelines on how to land freelance writing jobs. She is a natural teacher, enthusiastic and encouraging. I left feeling inspired and with all the knowledge I needed to get started.”
— Magda Roddy, Ann Arbor, MI
“(The workshop was) Excellent. I especially appreciated the concrete pointers about how to develop ideas and query publications. I liked the handouts with sample queries and resources for freelances. I really appreciated Anna’s enthusiasm, positive attitude, and encouragement. That was a real breath of fresh air.”
— Submitted anonymously
“Anna, you are clearly a talented leader–I was very impressed with the level of respect you have for each participant and for what they bring to the workshop. There seemed to be a good balance between listening to the participants and sharing your own thoughts and information.”
— Submitted anonymously