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NUJ Freelance Forum

Article by Catherine Ryan Howard © 14 September 2012.
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On Monday 24th September I will speaking at the National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Forum in Dublin. To attend the entire day is €10 for members and €20 for non-members (using the discount code on this page), and there’s some great events scheduled. It’s a great opportunity for writers who are just embarking on their freelance careers to come along and perhaps meet those who have managed to make a living from it, and perhaps learn something too—there’s sessions on self-publishing, pitching and making the most of online opportunities.

The schedule includes:

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PUBLISHING: Paper, Scissors, Kindle?

From traditional publishing to self-publishing and e-publishing

Speakers: moi, Orna Ross of the Alliance of Independent Authors and Fergal Tobin of Gill and Macmillan

THE MARKET: What’s coming down the track? How to stay ahead of the game.

What to do. What not to do. How to improve your pitch and adapt to the future.

Speakers: Dee O’Keeffe, features editor of the Evening Herald and Bryan O’Brien, photographer with the Irish Times

HYPERLOCALS: Start Your Own Business

Speakers: Brian Pelan, editor of Viewdigital.org and Ronan Morris of Webtogether, Clontarf.ie


Speakers: Susan Daly, editor at TheJournal.ie, Hugh Linehan, editor at IrishTimes.com and TJ McIntyre, lecturer and chairman of Digital Rights Ireland.

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The Freelance Forum takes place in Buswell’s Hotel, a short walk from Stephen’s Green in Dublin City Centre. You can view the whole schedule here and/or book your ticket here.

See you there!

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Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and blogger from Cork. She self-published her first book, a travel memoir called Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, in March 2010. Her first novel - women’s commercial fiction with a side serving of satire - has a big “FOR SALE” sign on it and the second is making the arduous journey from her brain to her Mac. In her previous life she worked as an administrator in the Netherlands, a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World. She wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 28).