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Travel writing tips from writer and editor Jennifer Bain

by Monte Stewart Jennifer Bain was a travel editor at The Toronto Star before she took a buyout in April. She is currently freelancing as a travel writer and completing a master of fine arts degree in creative non-fiction. In this Q&A, she discusses some of her experiences as a freelance writer and travel section editor […]

Posted on July 26, 2018 at 10:01 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #36 — Sharon J. Riley

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. Sharon J. Riley got her start in journalism as an intern at Harper’s magazine. Researching and fact checking for the publication gave her a foundation in journalism from which to […]

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Crafting the “Reactive Story” — Reworking News Stories into Web Features

by Steven Threndyle If you’re as ADD as most writers I know, you probably spend a bit of your day on social media and get a significant amount of your news from what your friends are posting or tweeting. And, if you’re in story-hunting mode, (and you should always be in story hunting mode), you […]

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Pitching around staff writers

By Brittany Duggan As a freelancer, it’s hard to keep of track of which Canadian media outlets still have budgets for outsourcing. “The Globe has a freeze on freelancers for another month,” a colleague told me recently while we brainstormed where to pitch a story. A Toronto editor told her this after a pitch she […]

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

The 5-Minute Freelancer Q&A #34 — Anne Mullens

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.     Anne Mullens is an award-winning freelance health writer, author, editor and health communications consultant who lives in Victoria, B.C. She has won a dozen awards for her writing, which […]

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , ,

Turning Your Holiday into a Travel Writing Opportunity

By Brittany Duggan As a freelancer, days not worked are days not paid. But that doesn’t you mean don’t get to take holidays, whether in your own backyard or to somewhere more exotic. It just might mean you get creative about how to turn your holiday into future writing opportunities. I’ve just emerged back onto […]

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

A Q&A with freelance writer Cole Kazdin

by Brittany Duggan Cole Kazdin is a writer, performer and four-time Emmy winning television journalist. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she regularly contributes to VICE, MEL Magazine and Refinery29. Kazdin has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Cosmopolitan and has produced television for HBO Documentaries and ABC Network News. She […]

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , ,

The fine line of the follow-up

by Brittany Duggan Following up with editors after sending a story pitch can be anxiety-inducing. “Why have I not heard back?” “Is it a bad idea?” “Are they just too busy?” Ultimately, the radio silence you hear after sending a pitch is likely because of a combination of busy schedules, email overload, and – unfortunately […]

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

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 […]

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 2:30 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,