S113. Yes, Writing Is a Job: People Who Get Paid to Write

Room 200 D&E, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Believe it or not, it’s possible to make a living writing. Four working writers from diverse backgrounds will talk about how they make ends meet through article writing, blogging, nonfiction books, and other projects. Panelists will discuss how we get work, the financial realities of the publishing world, and our struggle to balance writing for money with creative endeavors that are closer to our hearts (but harder on our pocketbooks).



Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has been in Mental Floss, Salon, Entrepreneur, Imbibe, Hotel Amerika, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Superstition Review, and others. She’s a judge for the Writer’s Digest Book Awards and holds an MA from San Francisco State University.

Marcia Simmons is the author of DIY Cocktails. Her work has appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray, Serious Eats, Geek, Go, Make, and Shape, among others. She has also served as an editor for the Project Censored series of books.

Nora Maynard's recent work has appeared in Salon, Drunken Boat, the Millions, and the Ploughshares and Brevity blogs. Recipient of fiction fellowships from the Millay Colony, Ragdale, Ucross, Blue Mountain, and I-Park, she is a member of the board of directors for the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Ken Weaver is a professional writer and editor. His first book, The Northern California Craft Beer Guide, was named a finalist for an NCIBA Book of the Year award. Ken currently heads RateBeer Weekly, a digital publication reaching 85,000 subscribers in over 160 countries.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center