For those of you new to copywriting as a career, a few of my copybuddies and I will be putting on a Saturday talk this April.
Rather than a plain old introduction to copywriting, this is a welcome. In the spirit of #copywritersunite, we want to draw you into the fold with open arms. This day of copywriting camaraderie is also backed by the Professional Copywriters’ Network. So come along and be welcomed to copywriting.
I'm completely new to the copywriting world. Can you help me?
Absolutely. Do join in.
I'm a junior copywriter. Will I still learn things by showing up?
Yes. And we’d love to meet you.
I’m just starting as a freelancer. Will this be relevant to me, too?
It certainly will. Sign up.
I'm a solidly midweight copywriter or above. Is this going to be of any use to me?
Probably not. Sorry.
Who's running the show, and how can I stalk them on Twitter?
Freelance copywriter, Japan fan, larger than life (on the inside).
That's me. I’ve not long reached what most people will agree is midweight level, and it hasn’t been plain sailing. It would pain me to see you go through the same while I watch in silent horror. Join us and I’ll help you to recognise terrible (if well-meant) copywriting advice. You’ll also get a few choice words from me on gimmicks, and on the race to the bottom when it comes to charging for freelance work.
In-house content writer, pint-sized imaginarium, darling of The Drum's 50 Under 30.
There's going to be a winner in the room, people. (Note: winner will not be Charlie Sheen.) Honor is on a list, and not the bad kind. The kind that gets you noticed amongst your peers, which is why I’ve roped her in. Honor knows about: sucking money and/or glory out of any opportunity, what it’s like to be the only copywriter in a global company, how to keep the YOU in your copy, and how to pester your idols into helping you.
In-house copywriter, HMRC wrangler, chalk-o-genic life model.
Our Chlo's seen it all. And if you've ever been to a life drawing class in the Warwickshire area, chances are you've seen all of her. On the day, pay attention to Chloe to find out more about starting small, being the only writer in the village (or so you think) and the many hats of small agency life. She’s also got a thing or two to say about extra-curricular activities, and the creative scene outside London (like, properly north).
Junior copywriter in waiting, social media manager, beloved by all.
More experienced copywriters will happily give you advice, but they can sometimes be detached from the situation you're asking about. David's going through the same things as you RIGHT NOW. He'll share what's working for him (and what really isn't) to give you pointers that are relevant to the current copy job market.
What topics are you going to cover?
Things you will know after spending your day with us:
Ways to start building a client base and portfolio from scratch
How to make yourself and your CV look interesting
Why you're not getting work, and how to start changing things
Where the proper money is, because it does exist
The pros and cons of being full-time, freelancing, and trying to do both
What NOT to do - tactics that are unlikely to work ever ever ever
An important note: we will not be telling you how to write. We trust that, given you chose this career willingly, you'll grow into an amazing writer in time without our input. You’re welcome to ask us about copywriting techniques, but we’re not doing example exercises or anything like that.
Do I need to bring anything?
You might well want to take some notes, so pack that notebook / wad of A4 / dictaphone.
How much is this going to cost me?
To attend? Nothing. (We’re not covering transport or lunch, though, that’s on you.)
What the hell, Kady. You're running this for FREE?
Yes, we are.
Where and when will this be?
At The Rag Factory, in central London, starting at 11am on April 30th. That’s a Saturday, so you don’t have to take time off from your unpaid internship to come along. The full address is: