How I Survived as a Freelance Writer


Friday, August 30, 2019    
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm


444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans
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Whether you’re just starting out or want to up your game as a freelancer, this panel will provide insights about pitching stories, building relationships, managing time, invoicing for your work and ensuring that you get paid, filing taxes, and self care. We’ll also discuss best practices and how to avoid common pitfalls, and there will plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Panelists: Cheryl Gerber, Kristina Marusic, Beth McDonough

CHERYL GERBER is a documentary photographer working in her native New Orleans. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, New Orleans Magazine and Gambit Weekly for more than 25 years. Her book, “New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy,” by UL Press is in its second edition. Her upcoming book, “Cherchez La Femme: New Orleans Women,” by the UPM will released January 2020.

KRISTINA MARUSIC is an award-winning investigative reporter for Environmental Health News, where she covers issues related to environmental health and justice with a focus on Western Pennsylvania. She has previously worked as a freelance journalist covering LGBT equality, feminism, social and environmental justice, activism and politics with bylines at the Washington Post, CNN, Slate, Vice, Women’s Health, Fusion, MTV News, the Advocate, Logo TV’s NewNowNext and Bustle, among others. She also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and is the founder and co-president of the Pittsburgh NLGJA chapter.

BETH McDONOUGH has been a professional freelance writer for five years and has nearly a decade of work experience in industries from entertainment to manufacturing. Her work has appeared in publications such as TravelZoo, SheKnows, Bustle, Romper, ParentMap, Stepmom Magazine, SyFy Wire and her personal LGBTQ stepparenting blog, The Babbling Blonde ( 

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