Getting moving as a freelance

London Freelance Branch's own Humphrey Evans is running a day seminar entitled Develop Your Freelance Capabilities, as part of the NUJ training scheme. While Getting Started as a Freelancer is for those just beginning, Develop Your Freelance Capabilities is a new course aimed at those who have been freelance writers, editors or reporters in print journalism for some time.

As Humphrey puts it, "you're thinking about how you can continue to develop your capabilities. You realise it might be helpful to come and spend a day talking with a tutor and other freelances about how you could explore new ways of working, new areas in which to work, new approaches to looking for work and generally how to go about revitalising and consolidating your freelance life. The emphasis is on developing approaches to working in a way that suits you and not about the nuts and bolts of freelancing as a business."

Topics and exercises on the day will include:

  • how you might consider different and effective ways of working
  • thoughts on moving into new areas of work - and how you might acquire the skills to do so
  • looking for the information you need to move forward
  • coming up with streams of ideas that might impress commissioning editors
  • how you might go about practically implementing the ideas you are coming up with drawing on the expertise of fellow freelances to help you see how to work more effectively

The seminar is at Headland House on Tuesday October 3 2006, priced at £55 for NUJ members and £85 for non-members. It is not suitable for photographers or broadcasters. For further information, email or visit

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