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Freelancing FAQs: An Interactive Workshop

  • 29 Nov 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Date and Time: Tuesday November 29th from 12-1pm eastern

Cost: $15 Members & $30 Non-Members

 

Abstract: Freelancing can be a rewarding, yet challenging career. We know you have questions about what it takes to be a successful freelancer and how to navigate the ins and outs of running your own business. In this professional development event, we’re bringing together freelancers from across Canada to share their expertise on everything from finding clients and setting rates, to pitching stories, to managing time effectively. Come prepared with your burning questions and be ready to engage!

 

Panelists:

Brian Owens


Brian is an experienced science journalist and editor who spent 8 years in London working as the online news editor for the leading science journal Nature and as a reporter and news editor for the influential policy magazines Research Fortnight and Research Europe. He returned to Canada in 2013, where he works as a freelance writer and editor for Nature, New Scientist, Hakai Magazine, and Medscape, among others. In 2019 he won a National Magazine Award for best news story in the B2B section, for an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. His first book, Lyme Disease in Canada, was published in 2021.

 

Carolyn Brown


Carolyn Brown is a scientific and medical writer, editor, and publishing consultant with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers, Canadian Medical Association publications and NRC Research Press, where she was the manager responsible for the editing and production of 15 scientific journals. In her current consulting business (10 years’ duration), she writes articles on biomedical research for Nature and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, as well as documents and web pages explaining scientific topics to the public in plain language. She was the technical editor of Canada’s Changing Climate Report, released by the federal government in April 2019. 

 

Teresa Murphy


Teresa Murphy is an award-winning writer who has published more than 2,500 articles in newspapers, magazines, client newsletters and corporate websites. Currently she creates content – articles, blog posts, briefs and submissions, speeches, web copy and social media content and organizes and optimizes it to be adapted to multiple platforms for print, web, social media, and apps. She’s served as a judge in the Western Magazine awards, the Society of Technical Communicators awards, and the BC Book Awards. She holds a BA and an MLIS degree (UBC), an ALM (Harvard) and certificates in competitive intelligence, information architecture, statistics, and technical writing. 

 

Moderator:

Alice Fleerackers


Alice Fleerackers (she/her) is an award-winning researcher and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Nautilus, among other outlets. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master in Publishing and is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in science and health journalism at Simon Fraser University. In addition, Alice supports several science communication non-profits, including the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network, and Science Borealis. 

 


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