Your voice matters. You have stories to tell. This workshop is designed for people who want to participate in the public conversation by contributing to print and online publications. We will discuss how to generate excellent article ideas, what it takes to get busy editors to respond to you, and whether or not you should write for free. We’ll also discuss what happens after you get the nod from a publication, with an overview of the business of freelance: deadlines, money, contracts, taxes, and, of course, what it takes to actually write a great article that makes editors want to work with you again.
Workshop will be interactive. Whether or not you arrive with any clear idea of what you want to write about, you will leave with drafted article queries and with good ideas of how, and where, to send them out. You’ll also leave with a wealth of resources to tap into as you navigate the dynamic freelance world — including examples of successful pitches, a reading list, and a guide to the best online tools that journalists use.
This class welcomes both those who have some experience with writing and are looking to move into freelancing, as well as those who are true beginners looking to translate their ideas into the public sphere.
Coffee, tea, and a tasty vegetarian meal will be provided. Please bring writing materials.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
2pm – 5pm
Facilitator: Anna Clark
The workshop will be held in Anna’s cozy home (see photo above) in Detroit, near the Fisher Building in the New Center neighborhood. Address and directions will be shared with workshop participants. Unfortunately, this space is not ADA-accessible. Free street parking is available
About the Facilitator
Anna Clark is a freelance journalist in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Grantland, NBC News, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. She is the director of applications for Write A House and the founder of Literary Detroit. Anna edited A Detroit Anthology, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book. Her writing is a “notable” pick in Best American Sports Writing 2012. Read more here.
The workshop is open to anyone who wants to enroll. Registration for the three-hour workshop, including a full vegetarian meal, is $50. One hundred percent of the registration money will be donated to Literary Detroit, as part of its campaign to meet its Knight Arts Challenge grant.
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 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