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Insights into the Editor-Writer Relationship

The editor-writer relationship is at the heart of the freelance writer’s job. In this craft talk, we will cover:

  • How to find, contact, and pitch editors
  • How to pivot from rejections
  • How to negotiate pay, how and when to say no, and the dual considerations of passion and pay
  • What to expect from the editing process—how much your words may be changed (it can vary widely) and when to fight for them; how to collaborate with your editor
  • When it goes bad—kill fees, bad-faith editors, and when to back out
  • When it goes well—becoming an editor’s go-to writer

Instructors: Sharon Holbrook is a freelance writer and the managing editor of Your Teen magazine. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Real Simple, and many other national and local publications. Read more at

Sheehan Hannan is a freelance writer and editor, primarily working in creative nonfiction for publications like Cleveland MagazineThe Forward and Politico Magazine. He was previously an associate editor at Cleveland Magazine, where he edited history, memoir and commentary sections, and wrote longform narrative features about local government, politics, crime and the arts. He has won numerous awards, including Best Reporter in Ohio from both the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Press Club of Cleveland, and was a 2021 finalist for the Herb Lipson Award for Column Excellence from the City and Regional Magazine Association. Read more at

Details: Insights into the Editor-Writer Relationship takes place Wednesday September 22 from 7-9pm remotely through Zoom. 

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