Join is for an evening with Scott Dickensheets. For authors who work primarily in fiction, the prospect of freelancing nonfiction can raise a lot of questions. Why should I freelance for local newspapers and magazines anyway? How should I go about it? What are editors looking for? How much of my fiction-writing skill set is actually useful in freelancing nonfiction? What can I do to help ensure my success? How should I respond to editing? I will be paid, right?
Scott Dickensheets, who's edited magazines, newspapers and books in Las Vegas for 15 years, will address these and related topics as a way to encourage more writers to purge into local freelancing.
A 40-year Southern Nevadan, Dickensheets is the deputy editor of Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine. Before that he served as editor in chief of Las Vegas CityLife and the Las Vegas Weekly, was managing editor of Las Vegas Life magazine, and held various positions at the Las Vegas Sun, including assistant city editor, assistant features editor, and columnist. He's edited three previous anthologies of fiction and essays in the Las Vegas Writes series: Fade, Sag, Crumble, Wish You Were Here, and Getting Better All the Time, and served as assistant editor of Nevada's official sesquicentennial book. His work has appeared in Playboy, Esquire, and other magazines. He lives in Henderson.