“I am totally flabbergasted that this morning I received the green light from the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazine to write an article whose idea came from my participation in Carol & Linda’s most recent J-School! This was the first query I’ve ever written, and I got the assignment from a magazine whose readership is between 1-3 million. I am a complete novice to freelance writing, and I am totally over the moon. Thank you so much Carol and Linda for the push to brainstorm article ideas and the opportunity to fine-tune query letters in the J-School class.”–Lane Vail
"Landed my first paid gig for one of my favourite magazines..."
“I acted on the information and landed my first paid gig for one of my favourite magazines. If you want to accelerate and take your writing to the next level, then J-School will do it. The information in this class is practical, fresh, and current. Responses were prompt and tailored to my situation, not a cookie-cutter response. The cost and value of J-School is an investment you benefit from in numerous ways, and again and again. “–Diane Dutchin, WriteEncourageEmpower
is a veteran freelance writer and the co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock. Linda has written for over 150 magazines, from Pizza Today to Redbook; two dozen corporate clients, including Pizzeria Uno, OnStar, TripAdvisor, and Sprint; and blogs like Copyblogger, Write to Done, and Tiny Buddha. More than 7,000 writers get Linda’s inspiring Monday Motivations for Writers emails. She lives in NC with her husband, 6-year-old ballet-dancer son, two (yes, two) exchange students, and three rescue cats. Linda travels with her family often (most recently: Tokyo!) and loves earning full-time income working part-time hours from her screened-in porch.
is a longtime freelance writer and writing coach who’s written for Alaska Airlines Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Seattle Magazine, and Seattle Business, Costco, American Express, Dun & Bradstreet, and many others. Her byline appears on 2 print books and 8 e-books, most recently Fear Not! Confidence-Building Insights, Tips, and Techniques for Freelance Writers.
Over 80,000 readers devour her Make a Living Writing blog each month, and 1,200 belong to her Freelance Writers Den community. A Los Angeles native, she now lives on an island near Seattle with her husband, the two of her three kids who still live at home, and Rex the wonder dog.
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Is fear of making a mistake holding you back from your dream of becoming a successful article writer for print magazines, websites, or content marketing companies?
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Our J-School webinars, transcripts, and resource guides will give you the kick-start you need to start landing lucrative gigs. Eliminate the worries that you’ll mess up or get sued, learn how to generate an idea that sells, get up to speed on article research and writing—and move forward to pitch major magazines and websites with confidence.
What's in the course? 4 Core Modules on Story Ideas That Sell, Newsgathering 101, Article Writing, and Journalism Ethics give you the building blocks of success.
4 Week J-School is also packed with 7 additional bonuses that deliver pro tips on interviewing, finding great article ideas, headline writing--even our sneaky tips on how to get editors' email addresses.
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