• Flatiron Writers Room (map)
  • 5 Covington Street
  • Asheville, NC, 28806
  • United States

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getting started as a ghostwriter

Ghostwriting, also known as “ghosting,” is the act of writing for someone else under their name.

There is a unique kind of freedom that goes along with the art of ghostwriting: there’s no need to worry about your name being attached to a work, marketing the work, or feeling “stuck” in a specific voice if you want to write other genres.

Because you’re writing for other people under their name, however, there are guidelines, best practices and responsibilities you must be aware of in order to build a successful--even lucrative--ghostwriting career.

Whether you’re penning speeches for politicians, nonfiction articles for company owners, blogs for influencers or celebrities, or even short stories and novels, you can grow as a writer and hone your craft

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you will learn:

  • What ghostwriting is and isn’t
  • The ethics, legal terms, and responsibilities of ghostwriting
  • How to define your ideal ghosting projects and create a portfolio
  • How to define your target market: the people you want to write for and their specific needs
  • Establishing your professional presence
  • Finding your first clients as a ghostwriter
  • Best practices for gathering information, drafting and revision
  • Navigating editorial setbacks with the client
  • Balancing ghostwriting jobs with your other creative work
  • How to seed for more work and get anonymous testimonials or referrals

Class participants will get a mini-workbook to use during the workshop and take home with them to kickstart their first ghostwriting venture.


Part 3 of the Business of Writing 4-Part Series

$35 // this workshop only

or

$125 // package rate for all four workshops (10 hours of writing career advice)

Everything You Need To Know

This 2 1/2 hour workshop takes place at the comfortable and crafty bungalow, Flatiron Writers Room, in West Asheville.

Limited off-street parking is available. You can also park on Covington Street or across the street in the gravel parking lot. Please do not park at UpCountry's Brewing parking lot next door!

Wheelchair accessibility is available. Please email me if you need other accessibility needs met prior to the class. 

Entrance is the front door. Please feel free to arrive between 6:15-6:30pm, relax and get settled. We will have water, hot tea, and coffee available. We will take a stretch break during the workshop, and you'll have the option to stand up and move around whenever you like. 

Please bring: a pad of paper, a pencil or pen, a light shawl or jacket to make sure you're comfortable. Cell phones must be turned to "silent" mode. Laptops or tablets are optional.

Bring your questions! This is an interactive, dynamic workshop, so don't be shy to ask questions.