About the Event

April 29 - May 1

The Launceston Freelance Festival will present the inaugural Freelancer Festival to be held in Launceston, Tasmania in 2018.

The event is proudly supported by the Walkley Foundation and The Media and Arts Alliance.

Join us for this exciting event and we'll give you the information and practical skills to create your own employment opportunities in media and the arts. The festival program includes:

  • High-profile speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops
  • Technology for freelancers
  • Travel writing
  • Podcasting
  • Social media self-defence
  • How to be a digital nomad
And while the festival is underway, you will have the opportunity to:
  • network with a diverse range of media professionals and creative artists
  • engage with successful small business operators
  • learn entrepreneurial skills from Australia's top freelancers
  • dine at one of Launceston's s best restaurants

I didn’t want an unsatisfying career. And I didn’t want to commit to one place - either one company or one location. I wanted to make my own decisions ~ Rocco Baldasarre, Digital Nomad

Festival highlights include an exploration of picturesque Launceston and sampling the beverages from the award winning Tamar Valley wineries.

The 2018 Freelance Festival is an exciting chance for you to learn, explore, and network with a growing workforce of freelancers and media entrepreneurs.

Know More

Tracey Spicer

Journalist

Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective

Ginger Gorman

Freelance Journalist

Patrick Brown

Freelance Illustrator

Lindy Alexander

Freelance Writer

Rachel Berger

Comedian and Writer

Sue White

Travel Writer & Digital Nomad

Ryan & Lincoln Trainor

Digital Nomads & Entrepreneurs

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Program Overview

Sunday, 29th April

4:00 - 6:00PM

Tamar Valley Taster

Networking Drinks

Enjoy a tasting session of wines and sparklings with Fran Austin, award-winning winemaker from Delamere Vineyards.

Monday, 30th April

08:00 - 9:00AM
Tracey Spicer

Women in Media Launch

Tracey Spicer

Award winning journalist Tracey Spicer will officially launch the Women in Media Tasmania Branch

09:45 - 10:30AM
ginger gorman

Keynote

Ginger Gorman

Freelance journalist Ginger Gorman discusses her career as a freelance journalist

11:00 - 12:00PM

In Conversation with Tracey Spicer

Behind Australia's #MeToo

Collaborating with other journalists on a major investigative project, and a powerful social media campaign, helped Tracey Spicer bring the #TimesUp movement to Australia.

12:00 - 1:00PM
cybergirl

Panel Discussion

Trolls and Digital Security

How to protect yourself from trolls, bullies, cybershames and cyberstalkers: Ginger Gorman & Tracey Spicer

brent jago

Workshop

Podcasting

The Bearded Geeks take you behind the scenes of their aptly named podcast.

Oliver Garside & Grant McCall

Workshop

From Excel to Excellence

Learn about the benefits of using a cloud solution, how to evaluate which accounting software is best for you, and the easiest way to get up and running.

2:00 - 3:00PM

In Conversation

The Bigger Picture

Illustrators Bobby Baxter, Patrick Brown and Brent Jago discuss how they turned their fan art into a professional career.

3:00 - 4:00PM
Katelin

MEAA Business Skills Primer

What are you worth?

Katelin will take you through the basics of negotiating payment rates and contracts. Plus advice on ABNs, fees and tax

brent jago

Workshop

The Studio in your Pocket

Simple video editing: Shoot and edit video on your phone with Premiere Clip.

brent jago

Workshop (2 hours)

Finding your voice

A powerful and consistent voice can be a subliminal force that literally drives a story. In this workshop you will explore writing exercises to form a voice that compels you to listen.

4:00 - 4:30PM
Lindy Alexander

Lessons from a freelancers year

Lindy Alexander

Lindy Alexander shares the biggest things she learned about making the move to freelance, pitching to editors, running a small business, making a living and making your own luck.

6:00PM - 10:00PM

Network Dinner

Jump on the Matthew Brady Boat Ride and discover Tasmania's bushranging history

Enjoy an entertaining network dinner with comedian Rachel Berger

Tuesday, 1st May

08:00 - 9:00AM
Geneveive Cother

Breakfast Panel

The future of work

What does the future of work look like and how do we meet the challenges ahead? Dr Marcus Bowles, Genevieve Cother, Ryan and Lincoln Trainor

09:00 - 9:45AM
Nina Hendy

Keynote

Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective

Nina Hendy shares the story of the origins of the Freelance Collective. Hear about how to maximinse remote networks and your earning points.

09:45 - 10:30PM
Ryan&Lincoln Trainor

In Conversation

Trade your office for Bali

Have laptop, will travel. Hear from two brothers who've made the digital nomad life work for them.

11:00 - 12:00PM

Panel

Media Training 101

Ginger Gorman and Sue White demonstrate some tips and tricks from their Media Bootcamp workshops.

rachel berger

Workshop (2 hours)

The jokes on you

Even if you have no interest in your local open mic night, knowing the structures and rhythms of comedy can be great for your storytelling skills.

12:00 - 1:00PM
Chris Gallagher

Panel

Books & Publishing

How to manage a major writing project including marketing and promotion, running a crowd funding campaign, building online networks, how to self-publish. Chris Gallagher, Anna Dusk & Johanna Baker-Dowedell

brent jago

Workshop

Podcasting

The Bearded Geeks return on demand to once again demonstrate how to make a podcast, equipment required and building an audience.

2:00 - 3:00PM

Panel

Gathering, Creating and running events and why they're great business

Establishing an event, finding sponsorship, scheduling, organising speakers and promoting and marketing. Ryan Limb, Liz Frankham, Chris Gallagher & Anna Magnus (moderator)

 

Jacqui Ewhart

Workshop

Reporting Islam

The award-winning Reporting Islam project is developing resources to help journalists when they are reporting stories on the Muslim community.

Sue White

Workshop

How to get started as a travel writer

Sue White shares her advice on how to interest an editor in a travel story, tips for making the most of trips, and the realities of life on the road.

3:00 - 4:00PM

Wrap Up

Where to from here?

General discussion and Q&A opoen to the audience. Farewells and future networking event.

 

MEAA Members/Concession

$250/Person

  • Women in Media Breakfast
  • Pre-festival drinks
  • All sessons and workshops
  • Morning tea & lunch
  • Network Dinner

Custom Package

$80/Person

  • Day Tickets
  • Workshops
  • All sessions
  • Morning tea & lunch

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