Pitch Clinic 2014

Pitch ClinicWe’re excited to welcome you to Freelance Writers’ Pitch Clinic. We look forward to helping you craft kick-butt pitches that will get you great-paying assignments.

You can get started right now with two podcasts we’ve posted on our Module 1: “Let’s Make Your Story Idea Not Suck!” and our Story Idea Lab.

After our first session, we’ll have a useful homework exercise for you to post in the forum. Then each week,  you’ll see new materials and modules appear as we move through the course.

Class Schedule

  • September 24 – Session 1: Live call; Pitch Clinic: Let’s Make Your Story Idea Not Suck!
  • October 1 – Session 2: Webinar recording is released; Anatomy of a Killer Query
  • October 8 – Session 3: Webinar recording is released; How to Write a Kick-Butt Letter of Introduction
  • October 15 – Session 4: Homework week; Post your queries, LOIs, and any additional questions that come up on the forums!
  • October 22 – Session 5: Live “exit” call at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern

Class Materials

All class materials will be posted below as the course progresses week-by-week.

Module 1 Live Pitch Clinic event: Let’s Make Your Story Idea Not Suck!
Pitch us your ideas and we’ll help you hone them right there on the call.
Unit 1 Getting Started in Pitch Clinic
Unit 2 How to get the most from Pitch Clinic 2014
Unit 3 Module 1 Open Pitch Call - "Let's Make Your Query Letter Not Suck!" - Recording & Transcript
Unit 4 Bonus Podcast: Story idea lab with Carol Tice & Linda Formichelli
Unit 5 Idea Critique Handout -- "Let's Make Your Query Letter Not Suck!"
Unit 6 Module 1 Homework

Module 2 Anatomy of a Killer Query
In this webinar, you’ll learn the pros’ secrets to writing every part of a query letter so that editors find it irresistible.
Unit 1 Module 2 Anatomy of a Killer Query - Webinar, Audio Recording & Transcript
Unit 2 Template - Query Letter
Unit 3 Bonus podcast: How to Make Your Query Irresistible to Editors
Unit 4 Bonus Webinar: Top 11 Query mistakes
Unit 5 Module 2 Homework

Module 3 Writing a Kick-Butt LOI
Carol and Linda share details on how to avoid common mistakes and write a standout letter of introduction that gets you hired by editors at trade and custom publications.
Unit 1 Module 3 Training: Writing a Kick-Butt LOI - Recording & Transcript
Unit 2 Template - LOI Hybrid
Unit 3 Template - LOI to a Business
Unit 4 Bonus podcast: How to break into writing for trade pubs with editor Connie Gentry
Unit 5 Module 3 Homework

Module 4 Post your queries and LOIs in the forum
Post your queries and LOIs in the forum, get detailed critiques from the instructors, and take part in another live pitch session.
Unit 1 Module 4 Homework

Module 5 Live “Exit” call
Still got questions? Want to tweak a story idea a bit more? We’ll hold a final, live 1-hour call to get you fired up to press “send” on those pitch letters.
Unit 1 Module 5 Live “Exit” call - Recording & Transcript
Unit 2 Bonus Handout -- "7 Ways to Get Editor's Emails"
Unit 3 Module 5 Homework

Technical Support

Have a technical question about the class? Please let us know in the Report Problems’ thread on the Forum or contact our troubleshooters at help@usefulwritingcourses.com

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