Surviving the Freelance Grind with Writer Omar Mouallem

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

This webinar is free to attend

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.

This 45-minute live lecture is free and open to all via Zoom. Omar is available afterwards to take questions about the freelance hustle and his upcoming six-week course The Business of Freelance Writing. Stay till the end and take part in a Pop Quiz contest for a chance to win a cool prize.

Event Format

Live 45-minute conversation followed by Q&A and trivia with prizes (approximately 1 hour total); access to watch Replay until September 29/22.

How it Works

After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link and password for the live Zoom class. You’ll also receive an emailed reminder with the same information a few hours before the session. After the class you’ll get a password to access the Replay.

Accessibility & Recording

This webinar is designed for live participation, however, a temporary recording of the webinar will be provided to all registrants until September 22nd. Closed captioning is auto-generated and subject to error.

About the Instructor

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, winner of the 2022 Wilfred Eggelston Nonfiction Award and one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of the year. He also wrote, directed and produced The Last Baron, a CBC Gem original hailed by enRoute magazine as one of the best Canadian food documentaries.