August 18 - 21, 2014An Interactive Online Boot Camp


KRISTIN LUNA Journalist Nashville-based journalist Kristin Luna logged her requisite years in NYC working in house for a number of publishing companies—Newsweek, Time Inc., Conde Nast and Wenner Media—before adopting permanent freelance status and eventually moving back South. She currently writes about travel and food for a stable of magazines and newspapers, including Southern Living, Entrepreneur, Robb Report, Glamour, Redbook, The Guardian and USA Today. Kristin has visited more than 100 countries in pursuit of a good story and shares her travels at her blog Camels & Chocolate, which she founded in 2007.
August 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. "Workplace" Matters
KELSYE NELSON CEO and Co-Founder, Kelsye Nelson is CEO and Co-Founder of, an online marketplace that connects writers to publishing professionals. She is also author of The Breakup Girl series. Other roles have included Vice President of Growth and Outreach at Brown Paper Tickets and leading marketing efforts at Hedgebrook, TransACT and Headsprout. She’s a board member of The University of Washington Digital Publishing Program and The Seattle Free Lances Association.
August 21 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Manage Your Business from the Day-to-Day to the Long Term
MCLEAN ROBBINS CONTENT SRATEGIST McLean Robbins is a content strategist, copywriter and digital consultant for some of the world’s leading brands, including Marriott, Four Seasons, the National Sleep Foundation, and many more. She has extensive experience in producing high-visibility web content and designing effective digital campaigns that help build brand and personal visibility. Based in Washington, DC, McLean is also a luxury lifestyle journalist for publications including Forbes Travel Guide, Travel Channel, AOL, The Washingtonian, Robb Report and many more. McLean holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Georgetown University.
August 20 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Online and Social Media Networking for Freelancers
CARRIE SLOAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF and VP, Carrie Sloan is the Editor in Chief of, the leading personal finance site, named a top 50 website by TIME magazine and one of the Top 100 websites for Women by Forbes. Previously she was the editor of AOL's women site, the editor-in-chief of and a features editor at Marie Claire, Seventeen, and Mademoiselle. As a freelance writer her work has been published in the New York Daily News, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Weddings, Budget Travel, Seventeen, and Specialty Food, and her stories have appeared in the AP and on the Today Show. She loves helping writers find and craft their ideas in a way that will attract editors' attention.
August 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Pitch Letters and Queries
KRISTIN TICE STUDEMAN FREELANCE WRITER, The New York Times Kristin Tice Studeman is a freelance journalist and ELLE editor who has written for The New York Times,, New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, Interview, and many other publications. She has done profiles on the likes of Christian Louboutin, Karlie Kloss, Emma Watson, Courtney Love, and Daphne Guinness. Kristin served as the Associate Fashion News Editor at, prior to joining Carine Roitfeld at CR Fashion Book magazine. Today, her assignments range from profiling NYC’s most influential members of the style set to trekking in Morocco to capturing the highlights of fashion week.
August 18 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Freelancing as a Start-up
MATT VILLANO FREELANCE WRITER Matt Villano proudly never has held a full-time job. In more than 17 years as a freelance writer, editor and copywriter, he has penned original journalism content for outlets including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and Sunset; crafted copy for companies including Anheuser-Busch, Mercedes-Benz, Dell, and Comcast; and written marketing materials for a variety of wineries and restaurants. Currently, he serves as senior editor and a contributor at the Expedia Viewfinder blog from Expedia, and is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine. Villano also blogs about family travel on his own site, Wandering Pod. Learn more about him at
August 18 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Corporate Freelancing and Branded Journalism
August 20 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Develop Your Website and Portfolio
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