An Introduction to Freelance Writing

Opportunities for freelance writers are flourishing as more and more magazines, newspapers and web sites seek the expertise of independent journalists for their content. In this three-hour workshop, freelance journalists Tim Ghianni and Keith Ryan Cartwright will help writers understand the art of pitching stories and getting published (and paid). They'll also share their own experiences. Ghianni became a freelance writer after his 34 years as a prize-winning daily newspaper editor and writer ended suddenly with a buyout. Other than an award-winning stint as chief writer for PBR (Professional Bull Riders), Cartwright is a career freelancer who has carefully nurtured a network of outlets. The session will include no-nonsense discussion of how to establish your reputation and worth as a freelance writer, either on a full-time basis or if you simply have an occasional story to tell. The workshop will include hands-on exercises and open discussion demonstrating how and where to pitch a story and writing for that audience.

  • Instructors: Tim Ghianni and Keith Ryan Cartwright
  • Date: Sat., October 24
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $50
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

About the Instructors: 

Tim Ghianni is a lifelong journalist and author in Middle Tennessee. He was a nationally honored columnist and editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville for 14 years, at the Nashville Banner (where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995) for its last 10 years of existence and then spent the final 10 years of his newspaper career at The Tennessean before transitioning to a freelance career – with outlets like Reuters News Service, American Profile and music industry web sites – and serving as a journalist-in-residence at Lipscomb University, where he is the instructor for the journalism department’s writing labs. He is the adviser to Lumination Network, the student-run news web site.

Keith Ryan Cartwright is a freelance writer, producer and author living in Nashville. Cartwright previously spent seven seasons as the senior writer/editorial director for and, in 2009, he co-authored The Official Guide to the Toughest Sport on Earth. Before writing about professional bull riding, Cartwright was a television producer and most recently was a story producer, last fall, on the documentary “Live at the Flora-Bama with Kenny Chesney.” As a journalist, he’s written for a variety of publications including, The Tennessean and Hamptons Magazine. In 1999, Rolex/Golf Digest named him among the Top 5 college sportswriters in America.