If you missed the Industry Insight panel at Emerging Writers Festival yesterday with me, Vivienne Pearson and Jeanette Severs, you can watch it here:
And below are some resources we shared during the session.
Resources for freelancers
Blogs and podcasts
Freelancers blog including Vivienne’s post on media vs content writing. Future posts will include payment on publication, kill-fees, why freelancers are choosing to join MEAA, and how staff and freelancers can work together to improve pay rates and conditions.
The Freelancer’s Year by Lindy Alexander
The Writers’ Co-op podcast with Jenni Gritters and Wudan Yan
MEAA group, various Binders groups in Australia and overseas, Young Australian Writers, Freelance Jungle, etc
These are all non-course or membership related, so they’re free to join. Some are secret groups and need a specific invitation – feel free to message one of us if you’d like to join. They are all strong and welcoming communities and largely volunteer run – you need to read and abide by each one’s rules. Some are identity-based (eg POC, women) while others are genre or medium-based (podcasters, screenwriters).
Paid courses and memberships
State-based writing organisations like Writers Vic, Writing NSW, Writers SA etc.
Writers festivals also often also have masterclasses. And Express Media has a lot of resources for people under 25.
These help you find gigs or where to pitch, and some of them also offer other resources and industry news.
The Freelancer Feed (Australia)
Rachel’s List (Australia)
Sonia Weiser’s Opportunities of the Week (US-based)
Sian Meades-Williams freelance jobs (UK-based)
Study Hall (US-based – also has a Slack and discussion e-list)
Pitchwhiz (Hong Kong-based)