Training alert: courses to come
THERE ARE two major NUJ training courses at the end of the summer: Getting Started as a Freelance is on 5 September; and Pitch & Deal (negotiating) is on 19 September, both Fridays. Tutors are Lousie Bolotin and LFB's own Phil Sutcliffe. Details of how to book will be on www.nuj.org.uk/events/ shortly.
The Federation of Entertainment Unions offers free training to members in everything from Money Matters to CV Writing to Stress Busting for Freelances. The FEU's member organisations include the NUJ, Musicians' Union, Equity and the Writers' Guild.
Muriel McClymont and Kate Willoughby of FEU Training told the June LFB meeting that while their courses are often fully booked, they'd like to see a higher proportion of NUJ members on them. FEU are open to suggestions for new courses.
FEU Training also has downloadable templates for doing your finances, spreadsheets, video tutorials (especially on building a WordPress blog) and other resources for free. They're all at www.feutraining.org - look for the "Training Events" bar at the top left. You'll need your NUJ membership number handy to get a members' area log in.