Great Cities to be a Freelance Writer

Great Cities to be a Freelance Writer

While my days of country hopping might just be over (don’t count on it), there is definitely something attractive about a freelance lifestyle that allows you to pick up and follow your heart’s desire. This is even more attractive if you’re a travel writer. And have a strong passport to back up your dreams, of course. I’ve just had this article published on The Write Life, titled ‘6 Cheap(er) Cities Where it’s Great to Be a Freelance Writer.’ My home of Kathmandu does not feature, because most of the time it’s pretty goddamn terrible! It usually features on lists of the world’s worst places to be a freelancer, along with cities in Bangladesh and India. The internet in Kathmandu goes to sleep for at least a couple of hours each week, usually more, and that’s with a pretty solid home connection. But I manage. No, you won’t find any South Asian countries on this list for quite obvious reasons, but there’s a mix of North American, Latin American, European and Southeast Asian cities featured. To find out which cities I’ve included, read the full article on The Write Life, here. Top image: Edgardo W. Olivera/Flickr

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21 Free MOOCs for Writers

21 Free MOOCs for Writers

MOOCs—massive open online courses—are online courses convened by some of the world’s best and most innovative universities. While they are often driven as a publicity exercise for the institution, they offer enormous learning opportunities for the public. Including writers. MOOCs come in all shapes and sizes, from two-week webinars with open/rolling ‘enrolment’, to one-off, 10-week courses with assignments, discussion boards for participants and tailored feedback. While you can always just watch a bunch of great writing videos on YouTube, MOOCs go a step further by integrating readings and assignments (though not always graded). The online world is full of great courses you can take, for a fee. But one of the best things about MOOCs is they’re usually free. So, if you’re a writer curious about a certain form of poetry that you’ve never studied before, or want to brush up on your English grammar, there are a wide variety of suitable MOOCs. Those listed here are free, although some charge a fee if you want to receive a certificate to prove you have participated in/completed the course, and some require payment to access all course materials. Write Professional Emails in English Georgia Institute of Technology Starts 3 April 2017 / 5 week course Note that although it costs to take the exam/final project, you can audit this course for free. English for Media Literacy University of Pennsylvania Starts 3 April 2017 / 5 week course Note that some costs are attached to this course, but you can audit the…

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Tips for Improving Your Writing Skills

Tips for Improving Your Writing Skills

For the past couple of months I have been working with women’s travel website Pink Pangea as a content editor. During March, I’ve been writing and publishing a number of articles on the process of writing and improving writing skills. Pink Pangea is a site dedicated to inspiring women to travel and to write. One of the ways that they do this is to run travel writing retreats. I went on one myself last year, to Costa Rica, long before I was working for Pink Pangea. So, in increasing the site’s content related to writing and creativity, Pink Pangea are increasing their commitment to inspiring women to write.

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Meet the new content editor at Pink Pangea

Meet the new content editor at Pink Pangea

Me! This week I started work as the content editor at Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel. I’ve had a long-running association with Pink Pangea, having written for them many times, and attending their Costa Rica travel writing retreat in January-February 2015. The women behind it, Jaclyn Mishal and Rachel Sales, have done a fantastic job of fostering an international community space for women who love to travel and write about it. On the Pink Pangea website you’ll find articles from professional writers and first-time writers alike, which is the beauty of this community–they encourage everyone to get involved.

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Discount on writing retreat

Discount on writing retreat

In January 2015, I attended a week-long writing retreat in Costa Rica, which was run by women’s travel community Pink Pangea. It was specifically a travel-writing retreat, but the activities and exercises we worked through all week could be applied to almost any literary interests. Now, Pink Pangea is offering a discount on writing retreats for women being held in the new year in Costa Rica and New York City. All you have to do is use the discount code PinkElen when signing up here, or when inquiring with Pink Pangea co-founder Rachel Sales (rachel@pinkpangea.com). 

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