Saturday, October 28, 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Haliburton (watch for exact location to come)

A business workshop presented by a self-proclaimed “fairy”? Far from oogie-woogie new age incense-saturated fluff, The Business of Writing offers a condensed overview of starting and running a freelance writing business. Do you believe that it’s impossible for writers to make a good living in Canada today? Did you work a tremendous number of hours last year writing for little money? Have you ever heard, “Oh, you’re a writer, but what’s your REAL job?” If you answered “Yes” to any or all of the above, you need The Writing Fairy’s guidance. A natural choice for a home-based business, writing can be a fulfilling and lucrative career, IF approached as an entrepreneurial venture. The demand for freelance writing and editing services stems from a wide variety of clients. This workshop provides an overview of what is involved in starting up a writing business – from motivation, to targeting markets, approaching editors and keeping pertinent receipts and records. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes writers make and how to charge for various jobs. A day of empowerment, this workshop introduces the left brain practices most writers fear and avoid, and places them in perspective by tackling topics such as pricing, setting up basic books, marketing, etc. It doesn’t hurt. Honest.

Do you believe that it’s impossible for writers to make a good living in Canada today? Did you work a tremendous number of hours last year writing for little money? Have you ever heard, “Oh, you’re a writer, but what’s your REAL job?”

If you answered “Yes” to any or all of the above, you need this workshop. A natural choice for a home-based business, writing can be a fulfilling and lucrative career, IF approached as an entrepreneurial venture. The demand for freelance writing and editing services stems from a wide variety of clients. This workshop provides an overview of what is involved in starting up a writing business – from motivation, to targeting markets, approaching editors and keeping pertinent receipts and records. Learn how to avoid the common mistakes writers make and how to charge for various jobs.

Workshop leader Dorothea Helms is owner of both The Writing Fairy and Write Stuff Writing Services, thriving home-based writing/editing businesses. She has also worked as a business trainer, and has helped dozens of entrepreneurs start their own businesses. Since 2000, her freelance business has pulled in more than $100,000 in revenue per year, and in 2000 Dorothea was nominated for a prestigious Rotman Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Cost: To be determined Register through the Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network (details to come).