Be a Better Freelancer Conference
Join us on October 2–4, 2020, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland!
Gain unexpected solutions for your everyday workday.
Meet colleagues who can answer your questions.
Attend professional development sessions for people working in publishing.
Whether you are new to freelancing or already established and looking for ways to enhance your marketing efforts, techniques to find (more and better-paying) clients, 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 2020 Be a Better Freelancer® conference can help you on your journey to a more successful freelance business and career.
This conference is the ultimate place for networking. I’ve attended other much larger conferences, but I feel I have gained so much more by attending this one simply due to being able to closely connect with literally everyone there. I made friends and connections that I never would have made at larger conferences. Will definitely make the trip again!
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 an exciting array of current tips, resources and insights about business basics, getting started, marketing and promotions, using essential tools such as Word and Acrobat (PDFs), websites, expanding an existing freelance business, and much more.
Attending the Be a Better Freelance Conference provided me with the ideal opportunity to meet industry leaders and hear them speak on relevant topics. The size of the conference is perfect for making solid connections and talking to experts you would normally not get to interact with much at a larger conference. It was a valuable and enlightening experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.
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.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to meet the speakers in person (I’ve long followed many of them online from my little hut in California) and to become acquainted with other attendees. The smallish scale of the conference was conducive to forming new bonds, and, in all honesty, I was relieved not to have had to deploy my “elevator speech.”
Interested in showcasing your product or service? Conference sponsorships are available!
Many thanks to our first sponsor!
To help us celebrate the 2019 conference, we have created a video for your viewing pleasure.
Participants came from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, which made for interesting conversations over meals and between sessions.
For those mailing a check, please send a paper copy of the registration form as well.
Registration is complete only when payment is received. Discounts apply only when payment received by dates shown. Refunds: cancellation received 24 hours of registration, 100% refund; through September 1, 50%; after September 1, no refunds.
Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott (1000 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; 443-923-4000), $155/night (+ taxes) for room with 1 or 2 double beds. Wi-Fi: included. Parking: $23/day. Conference rate also available for the day before and after the conference. NAIWE has reserved a room block at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel to meet your needs! We’ve negotiated to give you the best rate, but don’t wait too long to reserve your room; the block may fill up very quickly.