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Getting Started as a Freelancer

Beginning. How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? Nicole Dieker is in her fourth year of full-time freelancing, and she’ll teach you everything she knows about how freelancers make money; how to pitch (even when you don’t have clips); how to build a freelancer schedule that combines writing, pitching, networking, and administrative work; and how to grow your earnings over time.

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Instructor: Nicole Dieker

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Start Date: 10/27/2016

End Date: 11/17/2016

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Nicole Dieker

Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer and Senior Editor at The Billfold and her work has also appeared in Boing Boing, Popular Science, The Toast and numerous other publications. Nicole regularly speaks on or facilitates panels about the intersection of art and money, and her practical, actionable freelance advice is available at The Freelancer's "Ask A Freelancer" column and The Write Life's "Pitch Fix." Nicole's debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People, is forthcoming Summer 2017.

Teaching philosophy: I have two jobs, as a teacher. First, I need to ask the questions that uncover the real problems you are having in your writing. Then, I need to ask the questions that help you solve them.

Writers I return to: Lev Grossman, L.M. Montgomery, Cheryl Strayed—I read about a book a week, and there are a lot of books and writers I love, but these are three of the writers I consistently re-read. Online, I'll always click on a new piece by Nicole Chung, Ann Friedman, Roxane Gay, Meghan O'Connell, or Mallory Ortberg.

Favorite writing advice: "Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong." —Neil Gaiman

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