Mindshift: The Business of Writing

€60.00

Starts: Sat 21 Oct 2017
Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €60/€50 Members

If you wish to learn more about the business of being a writer including the process of writing applications with a view to improving your success rate for bursaries, residencies, retreats and other writing opportunities, as well copyright law, contract law and managing your taxes then this course is for you. These professional development sessions are aimed at established and emerging writers and will focus on the business aspect of writing. All sessions will allow time for Q&A.
10.30am-11.40am: Do's and Don'ts of Application Writing with Valerie Bistany: Learn how to communicate more effectively and present your best self on the page. Topics will include how to draft a quality writer's CV, how to make your application stand out from the rest and what to avoid. 
11.50am –1.00pm: Copyright & Authors’ Rights with Samantha Holman:  What is copyright and what does it allow and prevent? Is it a barrier to innovation or does it adequately protect creators’ rights. Find out all you need to know on getting legal advice for writers, to issues of plagerism and (illegal) downloads, etc.
2pm-3.10pm: Managing your Taxes with Gaby Smyth: When it comes to understanding and managing your own taxes you’re not alone. This presentation is led by a leading accountant and tax specialist operating in the arts sector.  
3.20pm-4.30pm: Writers' Contracts with Conor Kostick: There is always a tension between the ideal author-publisher agreement and the attainable. Each clause, and every situation can be negotiable. Writers should bear this in mind when examining an offered contract. This seminar will cover details on the optimum contract a writer might hope to obtain from a publisher. 

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