In the immortal words of Randy Bachman, “Look at me, I’m self-employed; I love to work at nothing all day.” Any freelancer worth a regular byline knows this sentiment is wrong (or sarcastic). Work is all we seem to do all day (and all night). But can we make it pay? This workshop, which is geared to aspiring and starting-out scribblers of non-fiction prose for journalistic markets (all media), takes a look at the business end of the craft:

How do you make a decent living as a freelancer?

What are the freelance markets out there anyway?

How do you get started?

How do you keep going?

What are the do’s and don’ts of the business?


Alec Bruce is a seasoned reporter, writer and editor with a flair for producing award-winning stories. He is a nationally syndicated columnist on business, politics and social issues for Troy Media. His senior editorial positions have included those with the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times of CanadaCommercial News Magazine, the Moncton Times & Transcript, and Atlantic Business Magazine. His by-lines have appeared in ROB MagazineFPNYT, CBC, Canadian LivingReader’s DigestThe Hollywood Reporter, the Halifax Chronicle HeraldHalifax Magazine, and Huddle.Today, among others.

$109 for WFNS members

$139 for non-members 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
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Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm