Surviving the Freelance Grind: A Masterclass with Omar Mouallem

From money managing to self-marketing, an award-winning journalist shares pro-skills and life-skills from nearly 20 years of freelancing

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 @ 6-7:30pm ET (3-4:30pm Pacific)

Omar Mouallem
90-minute masterclass with Q&A + optional pitch reviews

How do you ask your editor for more money? Is it better to be a generalist or make a niche? What are good ways to generate new story ideas? These are just some of the questions that Omar Mouallem is asked often as a career-long independent writer and journalist. Join him on Zoom, as he covers lessons in financial management, work-flow, breaking into new markets, and shares unique skills gained from 17 years of freelancing for outlets with far-ranging audiences, styles and, yes, pay rates.

For an additional fee, students can upgrade to Stream B to receive tailored reviews from Omar on up to three story pitches. There are 10 Stream B spots available.


Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 @ 6-7:30pm ET (3-4:30pm Pacific)


Stream A (lecture only): $45 🇨🇦 | ~$35 🇺🇸 (plus 5% sales tax) per student
Stream B (lecture and feedback): $175 🇨🇦| ~$130 🇺🇸 (plus 5% sales tax) per student (max 5 students)


Live 90-minute masterclass with Q&A; access to re-watch the webinar anytime you want. Students who upgrade to Stream B will receive tailored reviews from Omar on up to three story pitches. There are 10 Stream B spots available.


This intensive is intended for writers of all levels.


After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link to download your tickets, which will include Zoom passcodes and additional webinar information. You will also receive an emailed reminder a few days before the event.


This webinar is designed for live participation but a recording of the webinar will be provided to all registrants to stream if they’re unable to attend in full or wish to view it again. Closed captioning is also available for both live and recorded video, however, it’s auto-generated and subject to error.


In addition to founding Pandemic University School of Writing, Omar Mouallem is an author, journalist and filmmaker. He’s contributed stories to The Guardian, WIRED, and and received three National Magazine Awards and other honours. Several of his articles have been adapted into books and movies, including Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, which was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. He also wrote and directed The Lebanese Burger Mafia, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2023 Northwest International Documentary Festival.

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