Classes

The Path to Freelancing

Iowa Writers’ House

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 seventh 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.

The Path to Publishing

Iowa Writers’ House

There’s no single path towards publication — you can query an agent and get picked up by a traditional publisher, you can work with a small press, or you can take on both the writing and publishing responsibilities and build your career as a self-published author. This course will outline all of the available paths to publication for both fiction and nonfiction writers, offer the pros and cons of each, and give you actionable next steps for whichever path you choose.

How to Get Started as a Freelancer

Hugo House online course

September 29–October 27, 2018

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 sixth 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.

This class takes place online through Wet Ink. Students will receive an invitation to join Wet Ink one day prior to the class start date.

Getting Started as a Freelancer

49 Writers (Juneau, Alaska)

Monday, June 11, 2018. 6:30-9 p.m.

How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? I’m in my sixth year of full-time freelancing, and I’ll teach you everything I know 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.

The Finances of Self-Publishing

Hugo House (Seattle, Washington)

Tuesday, June 3, 2018. 6-9 p.m.

Self-publishing is easier than ever—but it isn’t cheap. When you become your own publisher, you take on all the costs associated with publication: hiring editors and designers, getting industry reviews, planning book launches and book tours. You also become your own accountant: how much should your book cost, and how many copies will you need to sell to break even? Is it worth it to sell print copies as well as ebooks? What about taxes? This course will cover the finances of self-publishing, explain the types of expenses you can expect as a first-time publisher, and discuss ways to keep your costs low while still creating a professional-quality book.

Write-O-Rama

Hugo House, July 2017

Write-O-Rama is your chance to try out several workshops offered by Hugo House teachers all in one writing-packed day.

Not only can you sample Hugo House classes and teachers, but you can also try out genres and topics outside your purview without the pressure of registering for a full class.

The Art of Interviewing

Hugo House, June 2017

If you want to build your freelance career, you need to know how to interview. How do you find and interview a source when your editor wants your draft by Friday? What questions should you avoid? What do you do when your source wants to approve the interview before it’s published? This course will cover the mechanics of interviewing, including how to locate sources, how to prep the interview, and how to help your source feel comfortable during the process.

Getting Started as a Freelancer

Hugo House, October–November 2016

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.