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Welcome to Freelancing With Tim, a newsletter designed to help you better navigate the world of journalism — and get paid doing it. If you like what you’re reading, please consider a paid subscription. For $6/month or $60/year, you’ll get two newsletters every week, access to the full archive of Zoom panels and workshops, invites to subscriber-only events, discounts on paid workshops, and so much more. Click here to see options for subscribing.

Hello friends! We have soooo many amazing panels coming up, all open for registration now! We’ve also got a few workshops, too — those differ from panels in that they’re smaller groups, they’re focused on specific skills, and they’re super detail-oriented. We dive into the nuts and bolts of the topic, and leave you with tools and skills you can use in your own writing.

Also: Paid subscribers to this Substack get discounts on every panel and workshop. Click here to see options for subscribing.

On to the events!

October Zoom Events

Oct. 19 — TONIGHT!!

6 p.m. Personalized pitch-feedback roundtable: Bring a pitch or two you want feedback on to this limited-space roundtable, in which I’ll lead a feedback-focused discussion with the group that will leave you with actionable advice to improve your pitch.

Oct. 21

6 p.m. The art of structuring a longform feature: Join me as I lead a deconstruction exercise of a longform narrative story and provide tips on how to use those tools in your writing.

Oct. 24

3 p.m.: The business of freelancing: contracts, rates, platforms and more: How do you set rates? Create your own platform? Diversify your clients? All of that and more!

Oct. 26

6 p.m. Everything to know about selling and writing a nonfiction book: Not sure where to start? Unclear on best practices for writing a proposal? How do you find an agent? We’ll cover all of that in this workshop.

November Zoom Events

Nov. 7

3 p.m.: How to get into and succeed at copywriting: There’s a whole world of freelance writing outside of news coverage, and in this panel we’ll dive into it and teach you how to thrive in it.

4:30 p.m.: How to write better personal essays: Not sure how to turn a personal story into an essay you can sell? Wondering how to structure a personal essay? How do you even pitch one? We’ll cover all of those questions and more in this panel featuring some brilliant essayists.

Nov. 10

5 p.m.: How to get into and write better cultural criticism: What does it take to be a critic? How do you get into culture writing? What types of places commission reviews? If you want to break into culture writing, this is the panel for you.

Nov. 17

4:30 p.m.: Pitch perfect: everything to know about pitching stories: This panel will cover everything from the nitty-gritty components of structuring your pitch to the high-level, “Is this even a story?” questions.

(Founding Members to the Substack get a $5 discount on every paid workshop! Email me at if that’s you.)

To view all of these sessions on one page, click here, and follow me on Twitter for panel updates throughout the week.

And, as always, please feel free to share this with and/or forward this to any journalists or organizations who might be interested!

Jobs Board

Here's a selection of job openings from Mandy Hofmockel’s Journalism Jobs and a Photo of My Dog newsletter. Check out dozens of other roles on her list, then sign up for weekly updates each Monday.

  • The Wall Street Journal, New York | Newsletter Writer, Notes on the News (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

  • The Marshall Project, New York or remote | Multiple openings, including Audience Engagement Manager and Engagement Reporter (Source: The Marshall Project)

  • Report for America, remote | Recruitment Manager (Source: @kdkleman via Twitter)

  • Los Angeles Times | Multiple openings, including Temporary Multiplatform Editor, News Copy Desk; Temporary Contest Entry Assistants; Science and Medicine Reporter; Morning Editor, Metro; Asian American Communities Reporter; Audience Engagement Editor, Food; and more (Source: Los Angeles Times)

  • Sahan Journal, Minneapolis, Minnesota | Senior Editor (Source:

  • Hearst Connecticut Media, Norwalk | Social Media / Web Producer (Source: @mandyhofmockel via Twitter)

Oh, a few other things …

• I am now offering one-on-one coaching! This can include anything you need help with: pitch feedback, writing and/or editing coaching, story development, story editing, social strategy, and anything else. Book a timeslot here.

For paid subscribers: Just out is this huge roundup of what a bunch of publications pay freelance writers. There are also new videos in the full archive of recorded Zoom panels and workshops, and old standbys like the dos and don’ts of writing the perfect pitch and the only pitch template you’ll ever need. Coming later this week: Find *editors* you like to work with, not publications. Click here to see options for subscribing.

Okay bye ily!

-Tim ❤️