Quebec Writers' Federation Workshops
Fall Session 2017
YOUR WORDS ARE MY BUSINESS:
KICKSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER
Workshop leader: Richard Andrews
Eight Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
October 4 to November 29, 2017 (No meeting November 1)
QWF Office – 1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC
Workshop fee: $160 for QWF members; $190 for non-members
Cost of QWF membership (annual) and workshop: $195
Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot.
For more information, or to register:
(514) 933-0878 or email@example.com
Write about interesting people, events, and ideas; travel the world; review books, plays, and films; rub shoulders with celebrities.
That’s the freelancer’s dream.
It’s a hard road to travel, but Richard Andrews can help ease the way with eight two-hour workshops designed for motivated storytellers interested in freelancing, journalism, or media communications.
Richard’s former students have used the interviewing, writing, and business skills he teaches for careers as freelancers, publicists, editors of in-house journals, and online content creators.
He conducts the practical course as a “real life” exercise in which participants follow the steps to research, write, revise, and pitch an article on a topic they choose.
Workshop topics include:
- Eliminating writer’s block
- Targeting publications
- Pitching stories
- Dealing with editors
- How much to charge and expect
- Tax issues
- Finding your niche
- The realities of freelance travel writing.
- Inverted Pyramid writing
- In medias res
- Use of quotations
- Topical links
- Headline writing
- Catchy leads
- Story structures
- Editing jargon and superfluous words
Pen, paper, and a passion
The Canadian Press Stylebook – 17th edition
James McCarten, Editor
Reality check: Questions to ask yourself before signing up
Why do I want to write?
What do I want to write?
For whom do I want to write?
Am I curious about the world around me, whether it’s politics or perfume, economics or ecology, mining or mental health, Zumba or Zydeco?
Am I prepared to handle critical feedback and rejection?
Do I care greatly about spelling, grammar, punctuation and factual details, large or small?
Am I prepared to respect deadlines no matter what?
Am I self-contained enough to work alone yet be able to approach strangers, network 24/7, and be pushy if necessary?
Do I want to sell my writing or give it away?
Am I prepared to maintain files, issue invoices, keep accurate records for tax returns, and chase outstanding payments?
Richard Andrews draws on more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, public relations, and freelance writing, from piranha fishing on the Amazon and tracking down war criminals in Beijing to the boardrooms of Fortune 100 companies and the coral reefs of Fiji. A former foreign correspondent, diplomat, and journalist in the Asia Pacific region, he has trained media representatives, not-for-profit groups, senior executives, and UN employees in Australia, Canada, China, and Papua New Guinea. Richard writes for travel publications, foundations, development agencies, banks, industry groups, newspapers, and IT companies on three continents. He’s also a part-time PR and business-writing lecturer at McGill University.
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Payment is due within one week of registration to confirm your spot. Payment options are listed in the column to the right.
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QWF gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.