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Make a living as a freelance writer

Come to this roundtable discussion and Q&A session with some of Philadelphia's most successful freelance writers and editors, the ones who are doing both work they care about and work that pays the bills to put together a meaningful career as a freelance reporter, editor or journalist. Hear what it takes and ask questions about breaking in, during a joint event from ONA and the newly formed local chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Our speakers will include:

• Tom Ciavarella -- editor by trade, entrepreneur by choice and a career content developer. As the founder of Smarter Learning LLC, Tom provides agency services for authors, editorial oversight of manuscripts and content development for mobile applications. He's an EFA chapter coordinator.

• Sarah Grey -- freelance writer and editor at Grey Editing LLC specializing in history, sociology, media studies and geopolitics and EFA chapter coordinator. Her writing has been published in the Rust Belt Rising AlmanacGridMotivosMonthly Review and International Socialist Review, among others.

Patrick Kerkstra -- award-winning journalist, former Inquirer City Hall reporter turned Philadelphia magazine and PlanPhilly city politics reporter.

• Alaina Mabaso -- associate editor of the Broad Street Review and freelance reporter who has written for local publications including NewsWorks and Grid. 

• Jen Miller -- author and accomplished features scribe for periodicals including Runner's World, the New York Times, Details, Men's Health, AARP The Magazine, among others.

• Maryam Ronagh -- editor with a background in scholarly and scientific publishing, and experience hiring and working with freelancers in the U.S. and abroad.  Founder of Farmanesh Publications, a textbook publisher based in Tehran, and a published author in the field of manufacturing engineering.

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  • Amanda C.

    Top notch panel, gracious hosts and a great moderator! Couldn't have been better.

    3 · March 18, 2014

    • Alaina M.

      Thanks for coming out - I agree it was a great, well-run discussion. Moderating is a real skill!

      March 18, 2014

    • Nathan A.

      Yes, the event certainly exceeded my already high expectations. Very enjoyable!

      March 19, 2014

  • Sandy S.

    I got a lot out of the discussion, including the realization that I'm going about stuff all wrong. Great panelists and advice!

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Julie

    Sorry to miss this one

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Nathan A. is always looking for freelance writers and journalists to cover the small business community in the Philadelphia region. If interested, please drop us a line! #SmallBizPhilly

    March 18, 2014

  • Nathan A.

    Is there anyone from Northeast Philly that might be able to get me a ride to the event tonight?

    March 18, 2014

    • Alaina M.

      you probably already know, but just in case, if you can get a ride to a stop on the M/F line if it's not too far from you, the venue is walkable from center city stops.

      March 18, 2014

  • Dan E.

    Just so I'm sure, it's not necessary to be a P&P member to attend this event, correct?

    March 1, 2014

    • Christopher W.

      Correct, these ONA events are one of the few opportunities that non-members are welcome but we'll certainly sell you on the benefits! :)

      1 · March 7, 2014

  • Joel M.

    Some awful good freelancers onthis list.

    2 · February 14, 2014

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