Archive for September 18th, 2008


Christina KatzWriting and Publishing The Short Stuff
Especially For Moms (But Not Only for Moms)!
Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: None
Finally, a writing workshop that fits into the busy lives of moms! You will learn how to create short, easy-to-write articles-a skill that will make it easier to move up to longer, more time-consuming articles when you’re ready. Try your pen at tips, fillers, short interviews, list articles, how-tos, and short personal essays-all within six weeks. Now includes markets!
Cost: $199.00.
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Abigail GreenPersonal Essays that Get Published with Abigail Green
Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: None
The popularity of reality shows, blogs, and tell-all books proves that it pays to get personal these days. Whether you want to write introspective essays, short humor pieces, or first-person reported stories, your life is a goldmine of rich material that all kinds of publications are pining for. Personal Essays that Get Published will teach you how to get your personal experiences down on the page and get them published. Students will learn how to find ideas, hone their voice, craft solid leads and endings, reslant their work for different markets, and submit their essays for publication.

Cost: $199.00

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Christina KatzPlatform Building 101: Discover your Specialty
(Formerly “Targeting Your Best Writing Markets”)
Class Begins on January 14th

Prerequisites: None

Identifying your writing specialty is one of the trickiest and most necessary steps in launching a writing career today. This class will help you find your best audiences, cultivate your expertise, manage your ideas, develop marketing skills, claim your path, serve editors and become portfolio-minded. You’ll learn how to become the professional you’ve always wanted to be and, most importantly, how to take your writing career more seriously.
Cost: $199.00.
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Christina KatzCraft A Saleable Nonfiction Book Proposal
Winter Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: Former student or Permission from Instructor
Most writers underestimate the comprehensiveness needed in a book proposal that will garner the interest of agents and editors. They also mistake the definition of platform and importance of alining their proposal to a solid track record. A two-time author, Christina has helped hundreds of nonfiction writers succeed over the past seven years. Now she’s making her proposal-writing advice available in a six-week e-mail course to aspiring authors who want to nail the proposal the first time around. The best way to have a short, tight proposal that will impress agents and editors is to start now!
Cost: $299.00 [Priority to former students]
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Time Management Mastery: Making the Most of a Writing Conference

October 2007 Family Fun Magazine
I admit it. I used to adlib at conferences. Planning for what is heavily a social event seemed over the top. But after missing a few opportunities, I’ve changed. Coordination before a conference saves time, improves your odds and possibly opens doors for your writing future.

When you decide to attend a conference, list what you hope to derive from the trip before you go. You’re paying serious dollars to participate, so get your money’s worth. Research the conference inside and out beforehand. Study the speakers’ and panelists’ accomplishments to better prepare for their presentations. Become familiar with the conference chairman and active organizers of the event. Tell them thanks and hand them your card. Who knows? Maybe the next year your might come to mind as they’re seeking speakers and panelists.

Have your one-liners ready. Ponder what you’d be inclined to ask another writer and prepare a one-liner answer. Of course there’s the one-liner for your book, but what about the ones that explain: what you write, what you’ve published, why you write, what’s your latest project, what your goals are for your writing career. Memorize those answers and jot them in your notebook.

Make a point of greeting and conversing with at least six people per hour–that’s one every ten minutes. Of course you’ll speak with one for five minutes and another for fifteen. Don’t worry about being precise; just work the room. As a shy person this is painful, but setting a goal gives me a sense of determination to accomplish the task. I’m always glad I followed through. Have your business cards, postcards and bookmarks on hand-and share them with the people you meet.

Have your notepad handy to jot down items to remember after you finish a conversation. Make notes during breaks. You will not remember those blinding flashes of brilliance by the end of the conference. Be sure to come equipped with your list of goals so you can make any impromptu additions.

Write on the backs of business cards to remember which opportunity goes to which person. At the end of each day, review your notes, jot down any scattered thoughts, and prepare for the following day.

Finally, plan your wardrobe carefully, packing with clear definition for each day–down to the shoes that are comfortable and the shoes that look good at a banquet. Business casual is fine, but make it crisp and sharp. The better you look, the more confident you will feel and the more memorable you will be.

TIP: The best source for finding writing conferences is Shaw Guides. Another is Writers’ Conferences & Centers.

C. Hope Clark is founder and editor of, annually recognized by Writer’s Digest in its poll of 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. She delivers four newsletters each week to thousands with her specialty being grants and income opportunities for writers of all sizes. She’s published over 200 articles on paper and online. Those reluctant to promote their writing cherish her trade paperback The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success. Find more hope for your writing career at &

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