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IWOC Meeting | Freelancing Roundtable

  • 10 Oct 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Gratz Center (Room 4F), 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago


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Join IWOC-ers for our our annual “round-table” discussion of freelance-writing issues. Each IWOC round-table discussion is a great opportunity to help others and yourself by interacting in pro-active fashion, providing your own advice, observations, and recent writing experiences—while seeking advice. Here's how it works.

After brief introductory remarks about some of the pressing types of issues that freelance writers face today, we will divide into several small groups, each with a leader who will help stimulate the small-group discussion. While the leaders may jump-start the discussions, the overriding goal is for all members present to interact in lively fashion, bringing up the most pressing issues facing them. A key goal is to ensure that there will be time and opportunity for each person to talk about his or her own particular questions or topics.

Near the end of the session, each small-group leader will recap the group’s key insights to the entire audience, including the most useful tidbits of advice generated.

Any topic that applies to your freelance writing efforts is fair game—for example:

  • Collecting on late or unpaid invoices
  • Dealing with assignments that expand beyond your quoted price
  • Marketing your talents in a new field
  • Addressing the goal of making more money
  • How to pursue niche markets -- advertising, business, education healthcare, PR, technical, the web
  • How to address publishing challenges – article-writing, books, magazines, newspapers
  • How to beef up your technology repertoire –computers, digital gadgets, phones, software, web sites
  • How to improve biz processes – billing, cold-calling, collaboration , collections, marketing, networking, pricing, promotions

So come with the goal of interacting in lively fashion to help other IWOC-ers. That way, what’s good for all will be good for each!

Networking, with snacks and beverages, begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting is free for IWOC members. Non-members pay $10 with online preregistration/payment or $15 at the door.

All attendees are welcome to join us for a buy-your-own dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

Meeting Location

IWOC monthly meetings are held in Room 4F at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut Street, adjacent to the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church (see map, below).

Discounted parking after 5:00pm is available (with validation coupon available at the meeting) at 900 N. Michigan Avenue.

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