Develop a Freelance Career

Build a thriving career as a freelancer

  • sections:
  • Discussions Mondays 8-9pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Want to live as a freelancer, but don't know how to get started? This class will cover basic freelancing skills from coming up with ideas to effectively pitching them -- in addition to managing your career.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Come up with salable freelance ideas
  • Find the best publication to target your pitch
  • Write compelling pitches and communicate with editors
  • Maintain relationships with editors to secure long-term work
  • Track your freelance expenses, ensure timely payments, and submit invoices

By the end of class, you will have:

Two pitch letters and a list of well-crafted, salable story ideas.

Lauren Waterman is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer whose work has been featured in Vogue, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Details, Self, Nylon, New York, Boston Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. She is also a co-author of The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion.

  • "Lauren is an amazing instructor. She instilled a confidence in me to really put my work out there and start pitching. After taking this course I finally feel ready to start pitching and have the tools to be successful as freelancing."

    Melissa Flores

  • "Lauren is a must-experience instructor. She's focused, funny, and informative!"

    Jane Perdue

  • "Lauren had lots of insider tips and provided good feedback. She encouraged us without being unrealistic and class was lots of fun."

    Reanin McRoberts

  • "Lauren was great! She was full of energy, insight, and advice. I totally recommend this class to anyone trying their hand at magazine writing."

    India Richards

  • "Lauren was a wonderful instructor. She has such a great personality and the class dynamic really brought us closer. I've already submitted a pitch to Teen Vogue!"

    Alexandra Richards

  • "Lauren is an excellent instructor that will take your writing to a whole new level. She has all the knowledge and guidance that a writer needs to be able to succeed and make her writing better."

    Carissa Chesanek

  • "Lauren forces you to objectively look at your work and strive to improve. She drives you to work hard but lets you know that she believes in you. Your writing WILL improve after taking a class with her."

    Carolyn Illman

  • "Lauren is exceptional. She's thoughtful, savvy, and knows how to make your work better. Even before the course was over, I crafted and sold two pitches! I was amazed at how much I was able to learn from Lauren and highly recommend this class."

    Kristin Pladson

  • "Lauren's lectures were easy to understand and felt very honest. She provided a level of comfort and openness and her background assures you she knows a thing or two about the freelance world. I would take another class with her!"

    Rebecca Steinberger

  • "Lauren's class was a fabulous way to gain a solid foundation of freelancing, from how to pitch story ideas to understanding the different kinds of rights one has as a freelance writer. I feel more confident pitching ideas and am seeing firsthand that it's possible to land writing assignments AND get paid. I had one of my pitches accepted for publication before class ended."

    Stefanie Jones