Freelance Success: No Oxymoron, She Says

Freelancing with Theresa Sullivan Barger: a 2-Part Writing Workshop

Beginning Saturday, March 14, and concluding Saturday, March 21, 9 am –  noon.

Freelance Writing success is not an oxymoron. This two-session course is about the business and craft of freelance writing, starting with finding ideas, selecting the right outlet and crafting pitches that sell. We’ll cover query letters, how to become your editors’ go-to writer and how to advance your writing career. We’ll address: making a living; avoiding slave wages; finding writing work; dealing with rejection – a fact of life for writers; essential tools of the trade; social media for writers; maximizing tax deductions and time-management. We’ll look at the pros and cons of being a specialist vs. a generalist and choosing the path that’s best for you. No matter where you are in your writing career, this class will help you move forward.

Theresa Sullivan Barger, a former staff writer and editor for The Hartford Courant, is an award-winning freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Family Circle, The New York TimesYankee, AARP, The Saturday Evening Post, Center for Public Integrity, Yale Public Health, CFO, CT Health Investigative Team, AAA Horizons, and elsewhere. She led a freelance writing workshop in 2013 for The Mark Twain House & Museum’s Sunday Afternoon Writers’ Workshop series.

$100. Buy tickets here or by calling (860) 280-3130.  Mark Twain House events site.


A Last Remembrance of Ron Georgeff

To all who could not attend Ron’s recent memorial service, here are the remarks of the three speakers who were asked to reminisce about Ron.

Susan Campbell and Joe Nunes are longtime Courant colleagues, as all or nearly all of you know, and Ira Williams is Ron’s oldest friend, dating back to their years in college together in Kansas. Ira told us things few of us knew about him.

Susan Campbell:

I knew Ron was the national editor of the Hartford Courant, but I became better acquainted with him when he moved back to the Land of Broken Toys, the features department. No small amount of the staff members had been moved back there as punishment. They’d displeased or angered the gods, but who cares? What the gods didn’t know was that by sequestering all us ne’er-do-wells in one room, they were creating a potent mix of creativity, volatility, and fun.

Mostly fun.

In a weird way, the features department was a healing place for some of us, a place we could go to lick our wounds, get into some great arguments and basically, act in ways that might make us rotten as people, but fabulous as journalists.

I quickly learned that you could argue with Ron, but he was mostly right. I also learned that Ron could provide a unique perspective on just about any topic. If I wanted to argue perspectives, I could feel free to do so, but again, Ron was mostly right. His perspective on any topic was always deeper and more-thought-out than mine. About 30 percent of the columns I wrote were Ron’s idea. You could get into a conversation with him that would veer rather quickly into medieval music –

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Empty Space Emptiness

Denis Horgan posts this sad image on Facebook:

It is sad to see how far a mighty institution has fallen financially — especially when one knows the reasons.

But the good news here is that the ad is appearing in the Courant, which you might remember no longer owns the building. So as a tenant, the new potential rent revenue means nothing. The ad, however, should run long and often — at the full price.


R.I.P. Ron

Word is spreading that Ron Georgeff died this morning. (Feb. 7)

UPDATE: Here is Ron’s obit.

He was a fine and humble man, a dedicated journalist and the picture of quiet courage.

A public memorial will be held Friday.

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