Pitch Clinic 2014
We’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.
- 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
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|
Have a technical question about the class? Please let us know in the ‘Report Problems’ thread on the Forum or contact our troubleshooters at email@example.com