Renegade Writer E-Courses
START DATE: Sunday, June 1, 2014.
DURATION: June 1 – July 9, 2014.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: If you want to write for magazines but don’t know how to get started — or if you need some motivation to get you going — this course is for you. In eight lessons, Linda will walk you through:
- Coming up with a salable idea
- Finding markets that would be interested in your idea
- Finding the right editors to send your idea to
- Interviewing people for the query letter (the proposal that sells the editor on your idea and yourself as a writer)
- Writing a winning query letter
- Getting your query out the door!
So far, students of this course (which launched in June 2005) have landed assignments from Writer’s Digest, Body + Soul, Yankee, GRIT, Woman’s Day, Spirituality & Health, Rhode Island Home, Living & Design, For Me, Body & Brain, Michigan Out-Of-Doors, MyBusiness, Pizza Today, E: The Environmental Magazine, Black Health, Cottage Living, and other magazines.
Here’s the schedule for the next session: The class will run from June 1 – July 6, following the schedule below. As you can see, the lessons on setting pre-interviews, doing those interviews, and writing the body and conclusion of the query now get one full week each. The easier lessons get half a week as usual. The class also includes two motivational emails per week.
- Lesson 1: Generating Ideas: Sunday, June 1
- Lesson 2: Finding 5 Markets for Your Idea: Wednesday, June 4
- Lesson 3: Finding the Correct Editors at Your 5 Markets: Sunday, June 8
- Lesson 4: Setting Up Interviews: Wednesday, June 11
- Lesson 5: Doing Interviews: Wednesday, June 18
- Lesson 6: Writing the Title and Lede of Your Query: Wednesday, June 25
- Lesson 7: Writing the Body and Conclusion of Your Query: Sunday, June 29
- Lesson 8: Getting Your Query Out the Door: Sunday, July 6
- CLASS ENDS: Thursday, July 10 at 5 pm EDT
I’ve also decided to include two bonus live Q&A calls for students of both versions of the class:
- Monday, June 16 from 8-9 pm EDT
- Monday, June 30 from 8-9 pm EDT
This is where you can get your questions about the course and about query writing in general answered live, so if you sign up be sure to put it in your calendar! You’ll receive the call-in details via email.
I’ve been a fan of Linda’s forever, and knew in order to take my freelance writing career to the next level, her Write for Magazines e-course would be my ticket. The e-course was just as insightful as I knew it would be, and Linda’s guidance has not only helped me earn my first national clip in Women’s Health, but has boosted my confidence level as a writer. I no longer feel panicked about writing queries and pitching to top editors, and that alone is worth every penny. —Krissy Brady, Krissy Media Ink
As a full-time copywriter in the marketing industry, I was always a little afraid that I didn’t have the right resume to land a magazine writing gig. I’ve been a huge fan of the Renegade Writer blog for a long time, and thought I’d give her e-course a shot. I’m so glad I did! I learned step-by-step the process of writing a query, how to send it, who to send it to and everything in between. Within two months after the course, I landed an article in Atlanta’s JEZEBEL Magazine. This course is perfect for motivated writers looking to get their foot in the door! —Meg Bird
I had been freelancing for two years, and was desperate to grow my business beyond regional markets. I signed up for Linda’s Write for Magazines e-course, and within months landed an assignment in one of my dream magazines: a national health/fitness publication! Linda combines her deep knowledge of the industry with unwavering encouragement to help her students shape raw ideas into salable queries. I’ve struggled with self-doubt over my ability to succeed as a freelance writer, but I completed her class armed with the tools, advice, and — most importantly — the confidence I needed to know that it can be done! —Jennifer L. Nelson
It has finally happened!! I could not have done this without your awesome online writing course. It taught me so much in such a short period of time. I would never have had the courage to email or call editors with such little experience had it not been for your writing class. You were a tremendous support throughout the course. Well, I am happy to say that my first PAID article hit the newsstands yesterday. It’s a 9/11 10th Anniversary story in Flight Journal‘s October issue. My mom found it at the local Barnes and Noble. —Shannon Salinsky
For the longest time, it’s been my dream to break into the magazine writing market. But I realized before that could happen, I needed to know the basics. Thanks to Linda’s “Write for Magazines” course, I learned how to read the market and craft a focused, relevant query letter. And based on the query that I wrote for her class, I sold my very first article! Linda is a wonderful instructor. Her course material is relevant, her assignments engaging, and she’s always approachable when I had questions. Her insight did more than just show me an effective way of writing the query letter — it showed how to develop a confident way of presenting my own ideas. If you’re just starting out, take this course. It’s a great investment in realizing your dreams. —David Veinot
The knowledge and confidence I gained while taking the Write for Magazines course gave me the edge I needed to take a spark of an idea and turn it into a sellable query. Sooner after completing the course, I sent a pitch to GRIT magazine. It was accepted and scheduled for the Gazette section and the article recently came out in their print and online editions. It feels great to be published in a national magazine that has been in existence since 1882. Linda Formichelli’s course helps you build a great foundation to turn ideas into assignments. —Rosa Lee Jude
At the very end of 2006, I decided to take one of your courses with hopes of starting a freelance career. In January 2007, I bought Query Letters That Rocked. I completely changed the way I did things…the first story I sold this year was to USA Today! Since then, I have sold stories to The New York Times, American Cheerleader, Wondertime, American Baby, Discover, Yoga Journal, Spirituality & Health, Web MD, Mother Jones, Fit Pregnancy, Delicious Living and Plenty. I’m now having people come to me– have signed on to do some niche blogging and just accepted a trade article today. —Rachel Mosteller
I’m a nervous nelly, and I was having a hard time deciding between just the class or the class with email support. I went with email support, and I am so glad I did! Linda was there with me every step of the way through the nerve-wracking process of calling magazines and interviewing sources. I always felt like I had a knowledgeable friend that I could turn to for help if I felt too freaked out. The class taught me so much, but my interactions with Linda were priceless. I even heard back from a major women’s magazine within a week of sending my query. I highly recommend this course! —Lynda Lampert
I got three assignments as a direct result of Linda’s e-course. I can’t say enough good things about Linda or this class. She’s so smart, savvy, sassy, and … what other “s” words can I use? … how about super-special. And she can see into the future! Really, sometimes she called assignments before I saw them coming, which was encouraging, and helped me keep going. —Jebra Turner
Better than any college course I’ve taken, learning from a deeply experienced writer like Linda was a delight. Her step-by-step tips and thorough guide are immensely helpful – 4 years after taking the course & I still refer to them weekly as I compile ideas to pitch. I’ve recommended Linda’s class to countless fellow writers and not one of them has told me they regretted signing on. This is the best money you will spend on your writing career this year; go for it and don’t look back! —Victoria Everman
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Linda has written for more than 130 magazines since she started freelancing in 1997, including such top-notch publications as USA Weekend, Inc., Family Circle, Fitness, Health, Psychology Today, Parenting, Wired News, Business Start-Ups, Men’s Fitness, and Woman’s Day. Linda is the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock.
QUESTIONS? E-mail Linda.
COST: The Basic version with no e-mail support (normally $120) is now Pay What You Want (minimum $35).
The Premium version with e-mail support — where I’ll critique your assignments and answer your questions about the lessons — is $247.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD & READ THE E-COURSE FAQ (PDF format)
The class is FULL. To find out when a new session is scheduled, please sign up for my non-spammy waitlist here. Thanks!
START DATE: Fall 2014 (If you would like to be notified of the next class, please e-mail me at dianaburrell AT gmail DOT com)
DURATION: 3 weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Are you a beginning freelancer who can’t tell a good story idea from a ho-hum one? Perhaps you’re more established, but you dread pitching ideas — even when your editors ask for them. Or maybe you’ve been freelancing for so long that every idea you come up with feels tired and stale. Wherever you are in your career, this fun three-week class is for you. The first week, you’ll learn several skills that’ll ensure you’ll never lack for ideas. The following week you’ll begin to shape some of your ideas into stories that can sell. And then in the third week, you’ll learn how to target those ideas for appropriate markets. Once you’ve finished the workshop, you’ll never panic again when an editor asks, “Got any other great ideas for me?” NOTE: I offered material in this class as a workshop called “Story Ideas That Sell,” so if you’ve taken that workshop before, please read my FAQs if you’re interested in taking this as a class. My students have sold ideas generated in my classes to:
- Every Day With Rachael Ray
- The Boston Globe (2 students!)
- The Washington Post
- The Vancouver Sun
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- The New York Times (3 students/4 articles!)
- Woman’s Day
- Discover Magazine
- New Scientist, and more!
Here’s what some of my students have to say:
“I consider myself a pretty successful freelancer, but I’ve always struggled with ideas–figuring out what the story is and how to frame it. It was a good week if I came up with one solid query, never mind the dozens I hear other writers talking about. I signed up for Diana’s class hoping to kick-start my idea generator, and it worked almost immediately. By the end of the first week, I had come up with 77! And before the three-week class was over, I’d sold my first story to the New York Times, thanks to Diana’s help in finding the angle. Because I’d signed up for the premium class, she and I workshopped the idea together. She raised questions I’d never have thought to address in the query, and 24 hours later the editor assigned it.Here’s what it comes down to: Diana’s three lessons are packed with information, tips, suggestions, and questions. She’ll have you looking at things–your life, your personal history, the world around you, the world you’d like to explore–in ways you’d never come up with on your own. You’ll become one of those writers you hear about, the ones that make you jealous because it seems so effortless. The ideas are there, in your head. Diana will help you find them.”–Debbie K.
“I admit that I was a skeptic. I had never taken an on-line class, and Diana’s was inexpensive and not a huge time commitment (just three weeks). A good place to start, especially if you were like me — which is to say, a doubter. Diana wasn’t just interested in helping me generate ideas; she wanted to help me sell them… and I did. What more could I ask for? Her lessons were great — common-sense stuff that I needed about generating ideas. What was really fantastic was how each lesson served as a springboard for Diana and I to launch into my specific situation. The insights and resources she shared in the email discussions we exchanged (I took the Premium-level) during the three weeks made the class especially worthwhile. Here’s my advice: Do her assignments. Ask questions. Sell your ideas. Above all, take this class.”– Mark Aiken
“This is awesome! 276 ideas written down so far and today I thought of a friend who, I know, will help me generate tons more. I know this because she already gave me some ideas … PLUS the assignment you gave … is working like a charm! I’m so excited!!!” — Tracy O’Brien
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Before she became a full-time freelance writer in 1999, Diana Burrell spent over 10 years working in advertising and marketing, both on the agency and client side. The one thing she loved was coming up with ideas and concepts, whether naming a new caulking product or developing national trade show promotions. She learned how to generate vast numbers of ideas quickly, sort through them, and refine the best ideas into concepts that excited customers. This skill has served Diana well as a freelancer for magazines and newspapers such as Parenting, Kiwi, Oxygen, Cook’s Illustrated, Family Circle, Clean Eating, The Boston Globe, Psychology Today, and more. As the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock, Diana’s no-holds-barred advice has inspired many aspiring and working freelancers. She lives in suburban Boston with her family and two cats, and occasionally teaches at local adult education programs and community colleges.