The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #32 — Jennifer Van Evra

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.  Jennifer Van Evra is a Vancouver writer, broadcaster and university instructor. Her work has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver magazine, the Georgia Straight, Mother […]

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Victoria Freelancers: Register for our Perfect Pitch workshop

Victoria-area freelancers, CMG Freelance has a professional development opportunity coming your way next month. Every freelancer — whether new or experienced — can use some pitching practice. So join us for The Perfect Pitch, our day-long workshop on pitching. It’s scheduled for October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fisgard Street Forum (845 Fisgard Street). You’ll learn how […]

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The 3 R’s of freelancing: Reuse, Repurpose, Resell

By Sandra Phinney You’ve heard that clichéd line, “the gift that keeps giving.” I’m starting to view my stories that way. If I resell an article I’ve written, or repurpose the story and sell a second or third rendition of that story, I am gifting myself—and putting extra money in the bank. I’ve already done […]

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The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #31 — David Hayes

In this regular feature, Story Board asks Canadian writers to share a few details about their work habits and their strategies for navigating the ups and downs of freelance life.    David Hayes is an award-winning freelance journalist who has written four nonfiction books as well as features and articles for publications such as The Walrus, The New York Times Magazine and The Globe and Mail. […]

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

There’s gold in them thar trade mags!

by Sandra Phinney   As freelance writers, we often overlook trade publications as potential markets—largely because they are not visible. Rarely sold at newsstands, the majority of trade magazines are mailed directly to private audiences—usually to members of a particular trade or profession—be it doctors, pilots, bankers, bakers, embalmers, and truckers. In some cases, trade […]

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Query smarts: how to increase your batting average

By Sandra Phinney I’ve heard editors say that upwards of 80 percent of the queries they receive are deleted without reading further than the end of the first paragraph. Why? It all comes down to three things: writers don’t know the readership of the magazine writers are not tuned into the content, tone and style […]

Posted on May 5, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Tips for making it as a freelancer in Canada

Media workers meet in Halifax to discuss worker’s rights By Rebecca Hussman  CMG Freelance and CWA Canada hosted an event for media workers at The Company House in Halifax last week, focusing on workers’ rights and making it in the industry as a freelancer. The event began with a brief presentation on building a sustainable […]

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 8:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Tricks of the trade: clever tips for finding stories at conferences

by Lesley Evans Ogden   How do you nab great stories at conferences? That’s a question I’ve been toying with a lot lately, because in late December 2015, I had the opportunity to attend The Society For Marine Mammalogy Conference in San Francisco. There, I was one of 14 COMPASS Journalist Fellows scouring the scene […]

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Allie Wilkinson: A “how did you do it?” profile.

by Lesley Evans Ogden Allie Wilkinson is a Washington DC based freelance science journalist. I met her at a freelancer workshop called Courage Camp in Colorado in August 2014, and since that time, I’ve followed her online and seen her career flourish. Wilkinson is the founder of a blog called, “This is what a scientist […]

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

John Vaillant on high-impact non-fiction writing

by Rachel Sanders Master storyteller John Vaillant delivered a highly concentrated dose of non-fiction writing advice last weekend at a day-long workshop in Vancouver that was part of The Tyee’s fall Master Class series. The author of the award-winning and bestselling books The Golden Spruce and The Tiger took an intense dive into the processes and narrative techniques necessary to create stories that grab […]

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , , , ,