2019 Conference

Be a Better Freelancer: Gateway to Success

October 11–13, 2019

The Chase-Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri


Gain unexpected solutions for your everyday workday.

Meet colleagues who can answer your questions.

Attend professional development sessions for people working in publishing.


Register for the 2019 conference today!

I think the conference is a great opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and professionals who have varying experience. Ruth, thank you for planning and organizing.

—Julie Phelan

Whether you are new to freelancing or are already established and looking for ways to enhance your marketing efforts, techniques to find (more and better-paying) clients, help with tools of the trade such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat, networking resources, tips on making the most of social media, or advice on buying new equipment, the 2019 Be a Better Freelancer® conference can help you on your journey to a more successful freelance business and career.

The conference provides two types of presentations for entrepreneurial communicators—tools of the trade (Word, Acrobat, social media, and more) and approaches to the freelance lifestyle (finding clients, marketing, pricing, networking, etc.), with conceptual topics (lifestyle, balancing work and family) as well.

Session topics will include business basics, getting started, marketing and promotions, using tools such as Word and Acrobat (PDFs), websites, expanding a business, and much more. The nearby attractions offer a lot for your family or friends to do while we’re conferencing and for attendees to check out before and after the event.

This is one of the only conferences specifically for freelancers in the editorial world—writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, desktop publishers, graphic artists, photographers, website creators, etc.

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As a presenter and teacher, I’m glad to be presenting again at this year’s conference. The attendees are incredible. The topics are practical and spot-on. It’s the best conference in the industry!

—Bevi Chagnon

Register for the 2019 conference today!

This is my favorite conference: big enough to be stimulating, small enough to be personal, and set in a comfortably sized city instead of a mega-metro complex. Sessions cover many different aspects of being an editor and are hosted by pros. It’s a great place to meet online colleagues face to face and network for business opportunities, too!

—Carolyn Haley

NAIWE has reserved a room block at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel! We’ve negotiated to give you the best rate, but don’t wait too long to reserve your room; the block does fill up very quickly.

I can’t recommend the Communications Central conference highly enough—and it’s not just for newbies. Dozens of longtime editors shared invaluable tips and resources that continue to help me, a new freelancer, with both my productivity and work-life balance. The conference was well organized but relaxed and fun, with just the right mix of speakers, workshops, and informal networking opportunities, and the price was reasonable. I hired two editors I met at CC to review my new website, and continue to learn from several others through their webinars, blogs, and social media. One of the best investments you can make in your career!

—Martha Stettinius

Interested in showcasing your product or service? Conference sponsorships are available!

The Communication Central conference I attended last year was, hands-down, the best conference I’ve attended. Cannot recommend it enough!

—Carla Douglas