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*Online* Thurber House Adult Writing Workshop: Making a Living as a (Freelance) Writer


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Online/Virtual (Columbus)

1 Main St., Columbus, OH 43215


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6:00 – 8:00 pm
Making a Living as a (Freelance) Writer
Instructors: Kelly K. Tomkies and Melissa L. Weber

Join freelance writers Kelly K. Tomkies and Melissa L. Weber for a discussion of practical considerations in running your own freelance writing business. Their overview will include developing your brand and specialty areas, networking, applying to ads for freelance writers (highlighting what to avoid and what to look for), adding writing samples to your portfolio, creating client pitches and proposals, managing your project calendar, submitting invoices and getting paid, and finding organizations to support you and your work.

INSTRUCTORS: Kelly K. Tomkies has more than 20 years of freelance writing, editing, and publishing experience in books, magazines, and educational works. In addition to serving as editor of business and family magazines, she has written, edited, and developed content for K-12 programs in English language arts, science, math, and social studies, as well as higher education textbooks on communications and other subject areas. She has presented workshops on editing. Melissa L. Weber spent 20 years in communications, marketing, and outreach at Ohio State before pursuing a freelance career in 2016. Her freelance publication credits include local and regional magazines, Battelle, the Wexner Medical Center, OSU Extension, and Ohio State alumni publications. Her business (Rhymes with Orange, LLC) was recently awarded a grant to produce 36 articles for kids about conservation. She has taught creative writing at Thurber House and the McConnell Arts Center.