STORYOLOGY 11-13 Nov 2015 – Tickets on sale now


The MEAA’s annual storytelling and innovation festival starts November 11-13.
Early bird tickets on sale now till Oct 26:


MEAA Freelance Focus Conference – Brisbane Aug 5 2015


IF you’re heading to the MEAA Freelance conference — Earlybird prices end tomorrow

Brisbane, AUGUST (Conference August 5 plus practical workshops August 4 & 6)

The earlybird rate ends this Friday –  you can save over $100 on festival tickets.

Don’t miss this chance to explore the opportunities of the industry, inspirational talks and practically-focused sessions.
A stellar lineup features Trent Dalton, Michelle Law, Matt Condon, John Birmingham, Rebecca Sparrow, and more.
Earlybird ticket sales and scholarship entries end July 10:

Congratulations 2015 Freelancer of The Year finalists


Congratulations to the three top Australian freelancers selected as finalists in the 2015 Walkley Award for Best Freelance Journalist of the Year.

Fiona Harari, Andrew Quilty and William Verity.

The overall winner will be announced in Sydney on July 29.

More details:

This year’s awards attracted more than 60 top-quality entries, showing that freelance journalism in Australia is alive and kicking!


Hey freelancers,

Don’t miss this fantastic session for Freelancers held by Flip Prior, who is Twitter Australia’s new Partnerships Manager – News & Government, thanks to the Australian Society of Authors.

Many of you will remember Flip as the former Partnerships Manager at the Walkley Foundation where she organised some great dos for us all.


Where and when?
Wednesday 4th February 2015
6pm to 8.30pm

The course will be held at:
ASA Office, Suite C1.06, 22-36 Mountain Street, Ultimo 2007

How to book

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) at

Details: A workshop from Flip Prior – Twitter Australia’s Partnerships Manager, Government & News – on Twitter best practice for journalists. Flip will show you how to use Twitter’s free tools including photos, video and Vine, as well as demonstrate how to monitor breaking news using Tweetdeck and manage lists.

Cost: $15 including snacks and drinks.

Publishing: How freelance journos made the jump

UPDATE:  A ‘storify’ collection of tweets & social media posts from this event available here 

Straight from the Author’s Mouth

An informal event for Freeline members and other interested people will be held  in Glebe, where members who have recently published or self-published will talk about  what they did and how they did it.

Date: Thursday 13 June
Venue: Fireplace room, Toxteth Hotel, 345 Glebe Point Rd
Price: Free
Public transport: regular buses from George St City (431, 432, 433, 434) and from Randwick via Newtown (370), light rail from Central to Glebe
Parking: 1 and 2-hour free parking off Glebe Point Rd
Time: 7pm start
Food: A good range ($15-25) and Thursday is pot of mussels night – order & pay for your own food

Have you got a book in you that is crying out to be written? Got a finished manuscript but are wondering what to do next? Or are you simply curious about what it means to be an author?

Freeline – the Sydney freelancers network – is hosting a panel event covering all aspects of authoring and book writing on Thursday 13 June, 7pm, at the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of the business of authoring, writing habits, pitching, self-publishing v traditional publishing, ebooks v print, ghostwriting, crowdsourcing, marketing/publicity and much more, with:

Organised by Pamela Hewitt, our panel will include:

Moderator / panellist:  Bianca Nogrady :  author of The End – The Human Experience of Death, and The Sixth Wave
Libby  Harkness: aghostwriter and author of Looking For Lisa, Skin Deep and other titles
Keith Austin:  editor and author of Grymm, and the SMH Good Pub Food Guides
Helen O’Neill: author of David Jones: 175 Years and (Walkley nominated) Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives
Persephone Nicholas: author of ‘Burned’
Mark Juddery: author of ‘Overrated’ and ‘Becoming a movie reviewer’

Should be a great night out!

WINTER OF OUR MISSED CONTENT – Come to our winter gathering!

On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:59:03 PM UTC+10, Keren wrote:

Anxious about sweeping changes to our mainstream media?
Worried about the endless procession of draconian contracts?
Freelance life getting you down?

Join other freelance journos for a drink or two on Thursday July 12 for no other reason than to gather and talk.

Upstairs room at The AB Hotel – 225 Glebe Point Rd (corner of Bridge Rd), Glebe

When: Thursday 12 July, from 6:30 pm

What: Talk, drink, eat. Buy your own drinks and meals and the hotel will bring up the orders.

How: Just turn up! There’s no need for RSVP as we’re not catering – but if you’d like to drop a line to the list if you’re coming, we’ll all get a feel for who will be there.

Thanks to the wonderful Pamela Hewitt for organising this.
* Plagiarised from Fran Molloy, who’ll be there too.

Freelance Meeting: Oct 25 2010 – Contracts and other issues

We now have a venue for our October 25 meeting to discuss all the issues: unacceptable contracts, copyright, poor or even laughable rates, late payment of invoices, even whether the journalists’ union can really help freelances.

Date: October 25
Time 6.30pm 8.30pm
Place: Lord Roberts Hotel, corner of Riley St and Stanley St, Darlinghurst

The venue is a short 10 – 15min stroll from Museum Station, along the route of the No 389 bus from Circular Quay to North Bondi and has a pay car park virtually next door. We have booked a private room for the meeting and propose those coming kick in $5 each for snacks and buy their own drinks. Hope to see you there.

Those who have confirmed they will attend the meeting need do nothing more except turn upon the 25th.
If you are coming but have not yet confirmed: RSVP to