Two Seattle events 9/21 for freelance writers

September 16th, 2010

To the Seattle-area freelance writers who keep up with this site: In case you haven’t heard, there’s a fabulous low-cost conference for current and hopeful freelance journalists happening in Seattle next Tuesday, 9/21, followed by the next mediabistro cocktail party for Seattle-area media types. The details on both follow. Feel free to attend one or both — and to spread the word to friends.
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All Access Pass: Freelancer’s Survival Guide 
Planning finances, understanding contracts, caring for and feeding your editors. Being a successful freelance writer takes a few unique skills.
Northwest journalists can get the inside scoop on the industry at “All Access Pass: The Freelancing Survival Guide”  Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the REI flagship store, 222 Yale Ave. N. in Seattle.
The cost is $40; SPJ members receive a $10 discount. Get your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets:
For more information, read more or please contact SPJ board member David Volk at david at or 206.696.5426.
KUOW commentator and travel writer Crai Bower will lead a session titled “From Proposal to Paycheck,” following a story idea through the process from pitch letter to publication while Patricia Vaccarino, author of “PR for People: Be famous for who you are and what you do” will head up a panel on “Branding for Writers.”
Speakers include Paul Frichtl, editor of Alaska Airlines Magazine; Nicole Meoli, editor of AAA Journey Magazine; James Ross Gardner, senior editor of Seattle Met Magazine; Katherine S. McKelvey, publisher of Kenmore Air in-flight publication, Harbors Magazine; Julie Case, managing editor of Columns Magazine; Financial advisor Steve Juetten; Robert Cumbow, attorney with Graham and Dunn who specializes in intellectual property rights; Alex Johnson, senior writer/producer; and Diane Mettler, trade publication writer and editor of Timberwest Magazine.
The event is sponsored by the Western Washington Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It will open in REI’s upstairs meeting room with a panel discussion, followed by a selection of concurrent sessions that participants can tailor to their interests.
Topics include hidden freelance markets, diversifying income sources, the basics of running a business, financial planning for freelancers, research tips, contracts for freelancers, breaking into new markets and useful technology for journalists.  

For more information, contact Western Washington Society of Professional

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It’s mediabistro cocktail party time again! The next mediabistro-sponsored party for Seattle-area media professionals is Tues, 9/21, from 5 to 7 pm at the Victory Lounge on Eastlake. Local writers Crai Bower and Michelle Goodman are co-hosting. Admission free; drinks are on you. RSVP here:
The party begins after SPJ’s All-Access Pass Conference for freelance journalists ( has wrapped up. Get your education on during the day with the SPJ and then continue schmoozing into the evening with your friendly mediabistro revelers. Or just come on down for the conference (or the party!). Hope to see some of you there.

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  • 1. Two Easy-Fun Ways Freelan&hellip  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 3:04 am

    [...] the event. How? By being the host or co-host.My writing bud Michelle Goodman is the co-host of our Seattle MediaBistro networking events, and I’m jealous! It is a great gig.Why? Here’s how hosting helps you meet the largest [...]

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