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Hello friends! FWT is back in full force starting this month! I hope you all are having a wonderful spring and staying happy and healthy. I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled that the weather’s nice and it’s sunny all the time. What a winter we had! (And thank you again for bearing with me during my ~hiatus~.)
I’m super excited to announce May’s lineup of Zoom events! I’ve got a ton of really great stuff coming up, including standbys like workshops on structuring longform narratives and crafting the perfect story pitch, along with some new offerings, like starting and growing a newsletter and using social media to find freelance work. Sign up for as many as you’d like!
See you on a panel! (All times Eastern)
Today @ 3 p.m.: Twitter Space: How to write better pitches — and get paid more for them: Join me for a special Twitter Space discussion about improving your pitches and learning how to ask for more money.
May 3 @ 5 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 those questions and more in this workshop featuring some brilliant essayists.
May 10 @ 5 p.m.: How to start and grow a newsletter: Want to launch a newsletter but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve launched one but are having trouble growing it? This is the panel for you.
May 16 @ 5 p.m.: The art of structuring a longform feature: Join me as I lead a deconstruction exercise of a longform narrative story and give you tips on how to use those tools in your writing.
May 19 @ 2 p.m.: Pitch perfect: Everything to know about pitching stories: This workshop will cover everything from the nuts-and-bolts of structuring a compelling pitch to the high-level, “Is this even a story?” questions.
May 22 @ 3 p.m.: An introduction to the basics of being a freelancer: Are you new to the freelance life? This is the workshop for you! We'll cover all the basics of being an independent journalist, including invoicing, negotiating contracts, finding work, building relationships with editors, writing strong first drafts, and more.
May 24 @ 4 p.m.: How to use social media to find freelance work: Confused on how to get work using Twitter? Curious about the secrets of LinkedIn? This workshop is all about using social media to find work as a freelancer and how social can help you build a sustainable — and profitable! — business.
See you in an event this month bye ily!
Oh, a few other things …
• Student journalists! An incredibly kind donor is sponsoring a yearlong subscription to FWT here on Substack. Email me at email@example.com to claim it — it will go to the first response, so act quick!
• I am now offering one-on-one coaching and personal pitch reviews! Coaching sessions can include anything you need help with: writing and/or editing coaching, story development, story editing, social strategy, and anything else. And pitch reviews are exactly what you’d think: Let’s review a pitch of yours together! Book a timeslot for either session here.
• I loved this thread about tools to help writers, lots of really cool stuff in here:
• For paid subscribers: There are very few concrete, unbreakable rules in pitching. However … I wrote about the only four mandatory components that need to be in every pitch, regardless of the story. Read them all here.
If you’re not yet a paid subscriber, click here to see options for subscribing to get access to past paid-only posts, including the full archive of recorded Zoom panels; a round up of what a bunch of publications pay freelance writers; the dos and don’ts of writing the perfect pitch; and much more. (Subscribers also get a discount to every paid workshop, plus free access to any paid panel.)
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Okay bye ily!