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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Freelance Writing: Markets, Marketing, Freedom, and Funding

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Has freelance writing ever been a viable middle-class career? Should it be? What do editors expect from writers today? How are writers honing their skills to find work? These questions and more will be discussed in this panel comprised of both writers and editors currently working in the world of freelance writing.

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John Clayton

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John Clayton’s books include The Cowboy Girl and Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier. A Red Lodge-based freelancer for more than 20 years, his new book Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, will be published by Pegasus in summer 2017.

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Skylar Browning

Skylar Browning is the editor of the Missoula Independent, Montana’s only alternative news weekly. His award-winning feature writing has involved everything from spending time at the state’s only nudist colony to standing in the huddle with the local semi-pro football team. He’s been honored by the Montana Newspaper Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, and received an NEA... Read More →
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Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the bestselling memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times magazine, The Guardian, Elle, Glamour, The New Republic, Slate, and Salon, where she was an editor for many years. She lives in Dallas and plays the guitar poorly.
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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through the Center for Community Change, and through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: A Single Mother's Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home, is forthcoming through Hachette Books.
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Chris LaTray

Chris La Tray is a writer, photographer and traveler. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in the Missoula Independent, the Missoulian, Montana magazine, Knives Illustrated, Vintage Guitar magazine and World Explorer magazine. | | His short fiction has been published in various crime, noir and pulp collections and anthologies. | | He lives in Missoula, Montana.
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Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is the co-author, with Jacob Lief, of I Am Because You Are, published by Rodale last spring. One of her first jobs in journalism was at the Missoula Independent; she went on to work at Vanity Fair and then The New Yorker, where she edited writers including Jerome Groopman, Connie Bruck, and Patrick Radden Keefe, and wrote and edited the Tables for Two column. Her book reviews and other nonfiction writing have appeared in The New... Read More →


Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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