Panel offers secrets of successful freelance writers:

What does it take to succeed as a freelance writer?

Four pros share their tips in a panel discussion presented by Guelph Arts Council and the Guelph chapter of the Professional Writers Associ­ation of Canada (PWAC). 

Secrets of Successful Freelance Writers will take place on April 14, 7 to 9pm in the Guelph Arts Council meeting room.

Topics to be covered include:

Analyzing magazines, Want to craft an irresistible query letter? It all starts with learning how to uncover the per­sonality and inner secrets of your target publication. Veteran freelancer Teresa Pitman will help people see magazines in a whole new way.

Avoiding the content mill trap Content mills and bidding sites may look like the perfect way to launch a copywriting career, but don’t be seduced. Copywriter Angela West ex­poses the dangers of writing for pennies per word – and the benefits of aiming higher.

Getting repeat business There’s no better source of as­signments and referrals than sat­is­fied clients.

Award-win­ning writer Julie Stauffer re­veals how to keep editors, mar­keting managers and commu­nications directors coming back for more.

Staying focused How did she write an 80,000-word book in just six weeks? Chatelaine columnist and author Kira Ver­mond sums it up in one word: focus.

Find out how you can sharpen your own writing focus and finish projects you start.

Whether a novice or an experienced writer, everyone will find the evening jam-packed with valuable insights and information.

Registration cost is $20 for PWAC or GAC members, $30 for non-members.

Space is limited, so advance regis­tra­tions accompanied by payment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visa and MasterCard accepted.  Download a registration form.  For more information or to register, contact the Guelph Arts Council office, 147 Wyndham Street North, Suite 404, Guelph N1H 4E9.  519-836-3280 or