When I'll be speaking
Upcoming presentations & classes

Need a speaker or presenter? Contact me at 585-248-8464 or Ruth@writerruth.com! 

I'm presenting several programs this fall, including several new topics as webinars for the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and in-person classes for Writers and Books in Rochester, NY. These presentations are open to all who are interested, regardless of whether you belong to the EFA, Writers and Books, or any other organization that hosts my sessions. If you need information on these topics before then, let me know—I can usually arrange special offerings. 

Ive had lots of compliments about my lively, upbeat presentation style and detailed handouts. Here are a few.

• “I have so far attended three of your courses, the final being ‘The Basics of Editing’ course, and first wanted to thank you for all your insights and generosity in teaching.”

• “I attended Ruth Thaler-Carter’s Freelancing 101 webinar recently ... Great course, by the way, lots of good information.”

• “You did a great job. Lots of additional information tonight and some great tips!”

• “You were superb as always.”

“I knew it was going to be helpful, exciting, and resourceful. This class didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed it and learned so much. I want to take more classes with Ruth.”

For more testimonials to my speaking/teaching activities: http://www.writerruth.com/testimonials 

Niche or Specialist vs. Generalist: What Works for You?

October 6, 7–8 p.m. EST, Editorial Freelancers Association webinar

One of the classic questions for freelancers is whether to specialize in a narrow niche or generalize by offering either more than one editorial service or working in more than one topic or field. Whether you are a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, graphic designer, photographer, website developer or other editorial worker, both of these approaches to freelancing offer potential profits and potential limits. This session will present pros and cons—mostly pros—of both options to help colleagues make better choices about being specialists or generalists.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is about as general a generalist as a colleague can be: Her motto is “I can write about anything!”® and she provides writing, editing, proofreading, publication production, website and marketing services to a wide range of clients.

Getting Crafty in Freelancing

November 10, 7–8 p.m. EST, Editorial Freelancers Association webinar

Many freelancers knit, sew, embroider, crochet, quilt, make jewelry or ceramics, paint, sculpt, or do other crafts as a relief from the stress of their work and a basic urge to be creative. This session will provide highlights of how to combine editorial skills with creative ones to profit from writing, editing, proofreading and producing craft-related projects as a freelancer.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter edits and produces a newsletter for an arts organization, edits artists' articles for a magazine about glass art and writes the occasional article for the magazine; has written artist profiles and news items for a magazine for art collectors; and proofreads for a museum journal and newsletter, among other freelance work related to crafts and the arts. She sews, has been a ceramicist with a piece in a juried show and does occasional amateur quilting.

(Note: A two-hour version of this presentation is part of Communication Central’s 2016 “Be a Better Freelancer”® conference. For speaker, program and registration info, go to http://www.communication-central.com/category/conferences/).

Becoming a Speaker/Presenter as a Freelancer

November 16, 7–8 p.m. EST, Editorial Freelancers Association webinar

Forget that old saw about “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Freelance editors, writers, proofreaders, indexers and more can do both. Public speaking, whether in person at conferences/workshops or online through webinars, can add to your freelance income, expand your travels, and increase your network of contacts and potential clients. Learn the basics of getting established as a speaker and being an effective presenter in this webinar, presented by a colleague who has expanded her freelance communications business by doing just that.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has been a conference speaker and a workshop and webinar presenter for the Editorial Freelancers Association, Cat Writers Association, International Association of Business Communicators, American Copy Editors Society, Association Media & Publishing, Society for Technical Communication, Society of Professional Journalists, Writers and Books, and other organizations, often simply by offering to present. Her speaking engagements have taken her across the U.S. and to Canada and England.

Freelancing for Nonprofits

December 8, 7–8 p.m. EST, Editorial Freelancers Association webinar

Not-for-profit organizations offer ways to freelance while doing good for society or a cause you believe in. Breaking into this market takes skills and experience common to most freelance editorial work, but also requires an understanding of the nonprofit sector.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has provided writing, editing and publication production services to a variety of local and national nonprofit organizations, including AARP; the Girl Scouts; and organizations in genealogy architecture, the arts, heritage, medicine, alumni services, international relations and more. She finds it immensely satisfying to get paid to provide editorial services to causes she believes in.

Recent presentations:

The Essence of Editing and Proofreading

April 18, 2016, presentation at Spectrum conference of STC-Rochester.

All About Freelancing: Getting Started, Keeping Going, and Doing it Better

April 19, 2016, workshop for STC-Rochester’s Spectrum conference.

Freelancing 101: Getting Your Business Off the Ground—A Panel Discussion

August 29, 2016, Editorial Freelancers Association national conference, NYC.

Websites for Writers

September 13, Writers and Books, Rochester, NY, in-person class

Basics of Editing and Proofreading

September 14, Writers and Books, Rochester, NY, in-person class

A student in one of my recent offerings of this topic said, “I knew it was going to be helpful, exciting, and resourceful. This class didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed it and learned so much. I want to take more classes with Ruth.”

Freelancing in the Association World

September 15,Editorial Freelancers Association webinar