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5 Top Writers/Editors lead CAL’s Sep 13th Freelance Writing Panel

Posted on September 2, 2014 | in CAL News, Events | by

Kasey Cordell, senior editor at Denver’s 5280 magazine; Doug Ottewill, editor of Mile High Sports magazine; and freelance writer Rachel Cernansky, who writes for local and national print and electronic publications on a variety of subjects, round out the five-person panel for the Colorado Authors’ League’s first program of the season.
diana roweRob ReutemanThey join Diana Rowe, a successful freelance writer for more than a decade who specializes in travel stories, and Rob Reuteman, former business editor at the Rocky Mountain News and now a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine.

The panel discussion titled “Here Comes The Pitch – How To Succeed As A Freelance Writer” will kick off CAL’s Second Saturday Series on Saturday, September 13th. The program will be held at Front Range Community College, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Panelists will discuss what every freelance writer needs to know, including:

~ Finding markets
~ Pitching stories
~ Fees and rights
~ Challenges of reporting as a non-staffer
~ What editors expect

CAL members can attend this dynamic program for only $20 if they register online not later than Wednesday, Sept. 10. After that, it’s $30 at the door the day of the program. The costs for non-members are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

KaseyCordellCordell joined 5280 in 2013 after stints at The Daily Camera in Boulder, National Geographic Adventurer and Portland Monthly. At 5280, Cordell oversees front–of-the-book sections Front Range and Scene, and writes and edits service features, departments and narrative stories. An accomplished writer as well as editor experienced in working with freelance writers, Cordell won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for social issues reporting with her story about sexual assault in the military, “The Hidden War.” She studied psychology as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College, and holds two master’s degrees, one in Irish studies from Queen’s University in Belfast and another in journalism from the University of Colorado.

doug ottewillOttewill, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Methodist University, co-founded Mile High Sports Magazine and has been editor-in-chief since 2002. Mile High Sports also manages and produces several custom publications, including the University of Colorado’s Stampede magazine.  Ottewill also appears regularly on Mile High Sports Radio, and is a panelist on Altitude Television’s “All Sports Summit Show” which airs weekly.

Rachel CernanskyCernansky, who studied nutrition at New York University and earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia, focuses on the environment, sustainable agriculture, public health and social justice. She has written for 5280, Yale Environment 360, Ensia, Smithsonian, Matter, National Geographic News and others.

To pay by check in advance, email your request to register to Denny Dressman at and send your payment (made out to “Colorado Authors’ League”) to Colorado Authors’ League, 2027 S. Washington St., Denver, CO 80210. Please include the event in the memo portion of your event. To pay by paypal in advance, please select the appropriate button below:

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CAL’s Second Saturday Series – so named because all six programs will be held on the second Saturdays of September, October and January through April – will offer an exciting lineup of writing, publishing and promotion programs featuring top speakers.


September 13, 8:30-12:30
Here Comes the Pitch: How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer

October 11, 8:30-12:30
Sizzle! Sizzle! The Creative Side of Selling a Book

January 10, 8:30-4:30
CAL Craft Fair: Practical Programs on Improving Your Craft

February 14, 8:30-12:30
The Business of Writing: Negotiating the Book Deal Best for You

March 14, 8:30-12:30
Getting the Word Out: Strategies for Promoting Your Book

April 11, 8:30-4:00
The Genre Fest: Romance, Mystery, Children’s Stories and More

Note: The September event will be held at the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College. Other event locations, speakers and presenters being finalized – updates will be announced through the CAL website and Facebook page as they become available.

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