2013-08-17: Content Connections Matches Writers and Companies

Chicago, IL - (August 17, 2013) - Digital content doesn't write itself. If you're reading it . . . someone wrote it. Content Connections wants to bridge the gap between talented writers and companies that need writers to craft compelling content for their digital outlets. The goal of Content Connections, a new conference to be held on November 7 and 8 at Columbia College in Chicago, is to introduce freelancers and content publishers to one another so they can share insights and find new ways to work together.

  • Clients: Build a powerful editorial plan; learn strategies and tactics from expert content marketers; get the latest market rates for freelanced content; and meet freelance writers who fit your content needs at Client Connections, a speed-dating-style power networking session
  • Experienced freelancers: Translate analog skills to the digital market; see how you fit into the latest digital content strategies and markets; gain insight to win new clients; and meet clients who need your skills at Client Connections, a speed-dating-style power networking session
  • New freelancers: Build your action plan with wisdom from business and marketing experts; translate your abilities and interests to pitches that win clients; and meet clients who need your skills at Client Connections, a speed-dating-style power networking session

As we shift how we absorb information from print to digital, freelance writers need to adjust how they write to appeal to companies seeking digital, custom content. Likewise, companies need access to qualified writers well-versed in the skill of writing for the digital, custom content world. Content Connections brings those two groups together.

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Following the keynote presentations are tracks designed to help writers and companies maximize their relationships and partnerships.

Content Connections takes place on November 7 and 8, 2013 at Columbia College in Chicago. It is sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Authors Educational Foundation and the Columbia College Department of Journalism.

Megy Karydes

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson