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Building a Freelance Writing Career with Mark Athitakis

Date(s): Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Type(s):
Presentation, Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Business of Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Editing, Journalism, Marketing
Cost: $99 Regular, $79 Student

About the Class

Looking to build or expand your freelance career? This workshop will guide you through the basics of freelance writing: finding your focus as a writer, identifying publications, crafting a pitch, connecting with editors, and building ongoing relationships. We'll talk about what to expect out of contracts, managing money, tips for improving your chances at making a sale, and how to find supportive groups that can encourage you to keep working. Please come prepared to write and discuss a story idea you'd like to pursue.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Mark Athitakis

Mark Athitakis is a journalist and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Humanities Magazine, and numerous other publications. His 2017 book, The New Midwest (Belt Publishing), is a critical study of contemporary fiction set in the region, and he has been a featured speaker on the subject for BBC Radio, the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, and other venues. A member of the board of the National Book Critics Circle, he lives in Chandler.