A LITTLE LUCK AND TALENT By Miss Humera Abdul Basith

I never knew that one day I would become a freelance writer, had it not been for my father’s encouragement and belief in me. I was first published at the age of seven in a local children’s magazine. It was a small poem, with my photograph published alongside it.

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS AS A FREELANCER By Cathi Stevenson

Whether in Canada or the US, freelancers have two areas in which they are especially vulnerable: copyright infringement and payment; often the two go hand in hand. While outright theft of work may be difficult to avoid, a background check and a good contract will go a long way in protecting your rights. RESEARCH WHO […]

WHAT 9/11 TAUGHT ME ABOUT MY FUTURE By John Peters

Here it is again, September. Like so many people I know Autumn is my favorite time of year. I remember the first real Fall-like day of 2001. The calendar said it was still summer, but driving to work that day the cool air, the crystal blue sky dotted with a few wispy clouds all said Fall was here. It was, as far as I was concerned, the first day of Autumn.

HOW TO BREAK INTO THE WORLD OF SITCOM WRITING By Peter J. Fogel

Ever watch your favorite sitcom on television and think: “I can write that.” Better yet, ever watch a mediocre sitcom and yell back to the screen… “This is so bad… I KNOW I can write better than that.” Well, there’s a chance you might be able to. Television writing pays very well. Beginning writers can […]

OF MYSTERIES AND MILESTONES By Deborah Dee Simmons

The Mystery of Castle Dawn. That was it. That was the title of my first body of work; in fact, those five words WERE the body of work. They came to me one day, in a flash of literary brilliance, during my fourth grade year and I knew right then I wanted to be a writer.

WRITING JOKES FOR STAND-UP COMICS By Peter J. Fogel

If you’re self-motivated and have a “funny bone” you can explore a career writing jokes, or “gags” for stand-up comics. Like fuel that runs a car, new and fresh jokes are the sustenance that keeps comics and their careers flourishing. They can never get enough of them. But they have to be great jokes. No […]