Independent Writers of Chicago

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Monday September 24

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6:30 PM  –  8:30 PM



Life in the Freelance Lane: Business Basics for Succeeding in the Gig Economy


Perhaps you’d like to turn your writing hobby into a career, or are contemplating making the leap from full-time to freelance work. Or maybe you just want to brush up your entrepreneurial business skills for even greater success. 


If you’ve checked any of the above boxes, come benefit from a crash course filled with essential, practical pointers on the how-tos, opportunities, challenges and rewards of being an independent writer. Presented by the Midwest’s largest organization of professional freelance writers – Independent Writers of Chicago – hear it all first-hand from three IWOC members who’ve built their own thriving freelance writing careers by practicing the business basics they preach. Lively Q&A to follow.




IWOC President and President of Shebang! Creative Content-2-Consulting, Laura Stigler is an award-winning writer who has created countless successful ad campaigns, strategies, branding, and content for hundreds of companies, from Fortune 500’s to Mom and Pop start-ups. 


IWOC Board Member and Program Director Jeff Steele has bylined thousands of articles appearing in national, regional and Chicago-area newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor of Finance and Real Estate articles to the Chicago Tribune. 


IWOC former President David Steinkraus has spent more than 25 years in newspaper journalism before starting his own freelance writing business, and for the last six years has been happily and gainfully self-employed.