The Business of Being a Writer – Sarah Style

I’ve got nothing fresh to post today. I’m too busy being a working writer.

A few weeks ago I posted a review of The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman. In it she lays out how most working writers make money through a mix of activities–writing books, yes, but also magazine articles, teaching gigs, and other kinds of writing.

A moment during Jane Friedman’s presentation at the Wisconsin Writers Institute, April 5, 2019

As a working writer, in the last two weeks, I have…

  • Continued writing my work-in-progress started in the MFA program, working title The Soulful History of Glory Foods,
  • Written several 600-word profiles for the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center of successful client engagements. (Find some samples here–scroll to bottom of page),
  • Prepped and taught sessions of “Remember to Write” workshops for the Arts+Literature Laboratory,
  • Submitted an article on Slow Food-UW’s work in South Madison to Isthmus,
  • Worked on several clients’ life stories by interviewing, transcribing, and editing,
  • Worked on two articles for publication related to my Glory Foods project,
  • Prepared and presented a talk to an estate planning group’s clients on why they should leave their legacy in the form of life stories, and
  • Planned workshop content for my upcoming Writing Retreat in Nova Scotia.

Life is good–if busy.

The only thing missing from that list is working on my own memoirs, for the pleasure of writing. Oh wait–in fact I’m producing work in the Arts+Lit Lab workshop along with my students, so that base is not entirely untouched either.

I may have nothing fresh to post next week either. I’m too busy being a working writer. What are you working on? Got something to submit to True Stories Well Told? Guidelines here.

– Sarah White



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My blog "True Stories Well Told" is a place for people who read and write about real life. I’ve been leading life writing groups since 2004. I teach, coach memoir writers 1:1, and help people publish and share their life stories.
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