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Freelance Writer to Speak at WIU November 10

November 4, 2010

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MACOMB, IL – Judi Ketteler, a freelance writer who has published hundreds of articles in national magazines since 2000, will present "Busting the Myth of the Starving Author: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 in the Western Illinois University Multicultural Center.

Her presentation is open free to students and interested members of the Western Illinois University and greater Macomb communities, according to Timothy Helwig, assistant professor of English and adviser to the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, an event sponsor.

Ketteler (, who works out of her home in Cincinnati, will speak about her personal experiences and offer advice about how to pitch a story to an editor; the importance of research; niche writing; and how to stay current with resources, including other freelance writers.

Ketteler writes for such national magazines as Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Self, Fitness and Runners World. She also has more than 10 years of corporate copywriting experience.

In July, Voyager Press published Ketteler's first book, "Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired Projects for the Modern Girl and A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution."

Co-sponsors for this lecture include Western Illinois' English and Journalism Department, Women's Center and the Visiting Lectures Committee.

For more information about the lecture, contact Helwig at (309) 298-1213, or via e-mail at

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