Pitch Clinic 2016
We’re excited to welcome you to the 2016 session of 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 — you have access to all our pre-recorded trainings below. (Participation details for live Q&A are listed as a Unit under each course module, and we’ll also send a reminder notice via email 1 hour before each event — be sure we’re not in your spam or promotions folder! We strive to post our Q&A recordings and transcripts within 2 days after each event.)
You’re free to go through this at your own pace, but we have laid out a 4-week set of homework assignments to help you get ready for the Pitch Challenge month.
Summer 2016 Course Schedule
Please note that ALL our live Q&As for this course are taking place at 11am Pacific (California time) / 2pm Eastern (New York time). Just click on the bar to unfold the full schedule. Participation info for the live Q&As is posted in each course module below.
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Let’s Get Writing! Instead of a formal training, this week we have some super bonuses that will help you put what you learned in the previous three lessons into action.
BONUS MASTERMIND CALL — Live Q&A on Monday, Aug. 1 at 11 PST/2 EST
This ‘exit’ call is a chance to debrief and talk about how your query/LOI writing went. We’ll be talking goals and accountability. Did you reach your goal for Pitch Clinic? How can we help you? We’ll offer our expert advice for putting what you learned to work.
|Module 1||Story Ideas That Sell: 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|
|Unit 3||Module 1 training: Let's Make Your Story Idea Not Suck!|
|Unit 4||Idea critique handout: Let's Make Your Story Idea Not Suck!|
|Unit 5||Module 1 — Q&A Recording & Transcript|
|Unit 6||Bonus E-book--Getting the Gig: How Pitch Clinic Helped 11 Writers Land Great New Clients--And Get Paid (Way!) More|
|Unit 7||Bonus podcast: Story Idea Lab with Carol Tice & Linda Formichelli|
|Unit 8||Bonus podcast: How to Make Your Query Irresistible to Editors|
|Unit 9||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 webinar: Top 11 Query Mistakes|
|Unit 4||FREE E-BOOK: The Renegade Writer's Query Letters That Rock|
|Unit 5||Module 2 interview handouts|
|Unit 6||Module 2 - Q&A Anatomy of a Query - Recording & Transcript|
|Unit 7||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: Query/LOI Hybrid|
|Unit 3||Module 3 Live Q&A - Kick-Butt LOIs Recording & Transcript|
|Unit 4||Module 3 Homework|
|Module 4||Let's Get Writing!|
|Write your queries and LOIs, and get final questions answered.|
|Unit 1||Bonus handout: Article Writing Glossary of Terms|
|Unit 2||Bonus podcast: How to Break into Writing for Trade Pubs with editor Connie Gentry|
|Unit 3||Bonus handout: 7 Ways to Get Editors' Emails|
|Unit 4||Module 4 - Live Q&A - Let's Get Writing Recording & Transcript|
|Unit 5||Module 4 Homework|
|Unit 6||Final Post-Pitch Challenge Mastermind Call — Recording & Transcript|
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