Freelance Writing Bootcamp

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Taught by Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson is a former radio producer for "The Connection" and worked as an editor for National Public Radio. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN's daily live newscasts and producing CNN's international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau's political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. She has also reported, most recently, from Asia. Her work has appeared in, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women's Review of Books,, and She is the former Managing Editor of Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson

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So you want to quit your job and become a freelance writer, or perhaps you already did. Congratulations! Now, comes the hard part: writing, pitching, making enough money to survive, and learning how to manage your time.

This afternoon workshop will address the nuts and bolts of being a freelance writer. We will discuss and look at your story pitches, the art of writing on deadline, the business of freelancing and the basics of creating a social media presence online. This is a hands-on workshop where we will work on pitches during class. Learn how to improve your brand online and best practices for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This class is a mix of practical information about freelancer skills and the writing life.

What to Bring:

  • Bring a written pitch letter or written story idea to class 
  • Bring a draft of an article you are working on, or the idea for one
  • Bring a computer 
  • Bring a paper and pen (to take notes and for in-class exercises)

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