In December 2017, more than a dozen writers banded together to publicly air a common grievance. Nautilus magazine, they revealed in an open letter, collectively owed them $50,000; their paychecks were, in some cases, more than a year overdue. In an effort to collect on their debts, the writers filed a formal complaint with the National Writers Union, which ultimately reached a settlement with the magazine. Freelancers shouldn't have to go to such lengths simply to collect the money they're legally owed. But what's a writer to do when a client simply won't pay up? Short of an expensive lawsuit, what recourse do freelancers have? In this session, we'll introduce you to different strategies and resources for dealing with delinquent clients. Freelance writers and editors will be joined by a lawyer to talk about their experiences and offer advice on getting help from the National Writers Union, going to small claims court, and how to use the Freelance Isn't Free Act. We'll help you understand the pros and cons of each strategy, and freelancers who have successfully pursued these remedies will share the tips and tricks they've learned along the way. We'll also address some related questions, including: How do you know when it's time to escalate a dispute? Is there a benefit to naming and shaming, and what are the most effective ways to do that? Are there contractual ways that freelancers can protect themselves? Come with questions.
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- Saturday, October 13th, 10:15 am to 11:45 amAdd to Calendar
- Marvin Center, Room 309
- Adrienne Samuels GibbsWriter/editor, Forbes, Pitchfork, Essence, American Craft, Chicago, Ill.
- Yael GrauerIndependent journalist, freelance, Phoenix, Ariz.
- John MasonOwner of law firm Copyright Counselors, LLC, and literary agency Mason Literary, Board president of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
- Jessica SeigelAdjunct professor of journalism, New York University, New York, N.Y.