Open-Genre | Master Class

How to Be a Freelance Writer

In this one-day session, Chloe and Ashley will demystify what it is to be a full-time freelance writers, covering everything from process to time management to filing taxes. Focusing on craft (what you want to write and how to write it), community (how freelancers build a support networks), and comments (dealing with assholes and trolls on and off the net) they will give tips from their own experiences on what works, what doesn't, and how to get PAID. Students will leave with concrete goals and an action plan for making their dreams of freelance success a reality. Q & A, reading, and discussion with Ashley and Chloe follows class. With wine and snacks, of course. 

Ashley Ford

Ashley C. Ford lives in Brooklyn by way of Indianapolis, IN. She is currently co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay and writing a memoir. Ford is a weekly contributing writer to Elle.Com with work appearing in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Fusion, The Butter, and other publications. She's spoken at SXSW for Real Simple Magazine, gave the Keynote at Earlham College, emceed events for Girls Write Now, and was a featured writer on Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl book tour.

Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella Women (SF/LD 2014) and  the essay collection I'll Tell You in Person (CHP/EB, 2016). She lives in Hudson, New York.


“Chloe Caldwell tells you all her secrets in a controlled mania so that we can devour them in a more compulsive fashion. I couldn’t stop reading this book, and when I was finished I kept looking around to see where my awesome new friend went. She’s right in here, brimming with most excellent girl-dom, a commitment to experience that feels religious. I love this person’s life and I love the way she writes about it – funny and blunt and chatty and truthful.”

Michelle Tea author of BLACK WAVE, VALENCIA, and HOW TO GROW UP

“Chloe Caldwell is one of our great stylists, one of our most candid and electric voices. Caldwell has the rarest gift: Her writing has charisma. I would follow it anywhere.”

Diana Spechler author of WHO BY FIRE, SKINNY, and the NEW YORK TIMES column "Going Off"

“WOMEN by Chloe Caldwell is a beautiful read/a perfect primer for an explosive lesbian affair/an essential truth.”

Lena Dunham author of NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

"Where would we be without Ashley Ford’s essays?"

Saeed Jones author of PRELUDE TO BRUISE

"I love her rawness and her honesty and the way she’s willing to write about herself."

Roxane Gay author of BAD FEMINIST and AN UNTAMED STATE

"Ashley Cassandra Ford helps me not lose hope."


Class Meeting
Location: Catapult HQ