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 through this fall, including chairing and speaking on a panel about pitching to editors at the first-ever literary conference of Writers and Books (WAB) in Rochester, NY, on June 16; several classes for Writers and Books; speaking on a freelancing panel at the annual conference of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in Baltimore on September 27; and presenting a session about launching a communications consulting business at the Heritage Region conference of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Richmond, VA, November 11–13. These presentations are open to all who are interested, regardless of whether you belong to the organization that hosts the events. (If you need information about these topics before then, let me know — I can usually arrange special offerings.) 

Marketing Online and Off
June 23, 10 a.m.–12 noon

No matter what kind of writing you do, it’s essential to market your work and yourself if you want to get published and be read. The online world offers constantly expanding ways to market your writing, but conventional methods still have a role to play. Use this class to learn about both traditional and new ways to get the word out to potential readers, agents, publishers and other interested parties, using strategies ranging from press releases to newsletters, websites, public speaking, e-mail lists, social media, networking and more.


Basics of Editing & Proofreading
July 7, 10 a.m.–12 noon

If you have a sharp eye for errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling (without spellcheck!) and usage as you read newspapers, magazines, work reports, website content or books, and ever wondered if you could put that talent to work for you, here’s your chance to find out what it takes to be a professional editor or proofreader. Students will learn about essential characteristics and skills, processes, tools, style manuals, pitfalls and resources for further training. Students will gain an understanding of editing and proofreading that should help them find work as editors or proofreaders.


Tips for Aspiring Freelance Writers
July 28, 10 a.m.–12 noon

Getting paid to write sounds like an exciting and fairly easy thing to do — but it takes more than good writing skills and imagination, and there are both pitfalls to avoid and options to explore. Based on my wide-ranging experience as a widely published freelance writer/editor, I’ll touch on all aspects of freelancing, including finding work that pays, setting rates, getting paid, owning your work, promoting yourself, avoiding problems and more.


The Business of Freelancing

September 27, 2018; 2 p.m. Eastern time; SPJ Excellence in Journalism Conference, Baltimore, MD

Get the latest on business tips and new tax laws that will affect freelance journalists. I'm one of the panelists on this important conference session.

Going Out on Your Own: Launching Your Communication Consulting/Freelance Business

November 12 or 13, 2018 (day and time TBA); Renew•Refocus•Refocus, IABC Heritage Region Conference, Richmond, VA

Why attend presentations by Ruth?

Ive received lots of gratifying 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, go to: http://www.writerruth.com/testimonials