Wudan Yan

Independent Journalist @wudanyan

Wudan Yan is an independent journalist in Seattle, WA. Her written work has appeared in The California Sunday Magazine, Harper's, High Country News, Longreads, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times, and many others. Her reporting has been supported by fellowships at grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Report, UC Berkeley, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and more. She is the co-host of The Writers' Co-op, a business podcast for freelance creatives. Photo by Daniel Berman.

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP10: Cait Flanders

If there’s one topic we’ve been skeptical about this season, it’s book publishing. Can you publish a book as a freelancer and still make a living? What do the finances look like? How does the…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP9: Lee van der Voo

This week, we’re talking about how to make investigative reporting work within a freelance career. So often we think of investigative reporting projects as money sucks that will wreck your sustainable business plan. You never…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP8: Jacy Topps

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to add ghostwriting to your mix of freelance writing services, this episode is for you! Jacy Topps joins Jenni to talk about the behind-the-scenes of ghostwriting: How…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP7: Deepa Lakshmin

What does it look like to run a freelance business on the side while still holding down a full-time job? This week, we have social media expert Deepa Lakshmin on the show to talk about…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP6: Our End-of-Year Biz Audit

There’s no better time to revisit your business than at the end of the year. Take a moment to think about where you want to go, what you want to accomplish, and what happened during…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP5: Ask Us Anything

For our mid-season episode, we’re addressing Writers’ Co-op members’ questions! We dig into how to ask your anchor clients for a raise; project pricing versus hourly rates; how to take time off when you’re sick;…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP4: Daniella Zalcman

Grants are an incredible and often-underused way to fund ambitious creative projects, especially if you’re pitching to a publication that may not be able to cover your travel or research expenses. This week, we’re diving…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP3: Aurora Almendral

Freelance foreign reporting often gets a bad rap; it can be low-paid and exploitative. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. This week, Aurora Almendral, an American freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia,…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP2: Matt Villano

  If you want to talk about running a 6-figure freelance writing business, Matt Villano is the person to call. He has been a full-time freelancer for 25 years and during that time he’s written…

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The Writers’ Co-op S2 EP1: Maya Kosoff

We’re back with season two of The Writers’ Co-op! This season, we’ll be interviewing other freelance writers to get a glimpse into how they run their businesses. Success takes on many shapes and sizes, so…