Writing Revenue: Write Well, Get Published, & Earn Money
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Writing Revenue: Write Well, Get Published, & Earn Money

A practical guide to become a successful writer, get published in big publications, and generate a healthy income
4.5 (205 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,390 students enrolled
Created by Dave Schools
Last updated 3/2018
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Get placements in major publications
  • Write outstanding articles and engaging content
  • Develop a platform and a substantial following
  • Find opportunities to get paid for your writing skills
  • Build a writing portfolio that wins work
  • Write science-backed case studies that sell
  • Easily self-publish your book in print
  • Enter a creative flow
  • Stay organized with strong habits
  • You'll need a computer
  • You'll need an internet connection
  • OPTIONAL: A fresh cup of coffee :)

What people are saying about this writing course:

"Unlike most online courses, Dave has been and done what he preaches. He uses his experience as a journalist and writer to help you become a better writer." -- Brandon Skerritt, founder and Udemy student

"Good, practical advice you can implement immediately." -- Kristen, Udemy student

"Dave provides some excellent advice and resources to help writers earn more from what they love doing," -- Erica, freelance writer and Udemy student

"I would have paid more for it." -- CJ, experienced writer and Udemy student

"It’s funny, but it felt like you were reading my mind! This is a solid, solid course. No fluff. No repetition. Tons of practical instructions and examples." -- Matt Medium writer and Udemy student

"The content is very well presented, in a professional manner and the sound is excellent." -- Ovidiu, software developer and Udemy student

"What's taught about communication and behavioral psychology is transferable to my domain."-- Ken, seminarian and Udemy student

"Original, organized, and encouraging." -- Janan, professional counsellor and Udemy student

"Incredible! So pumped!" -- Jason, best selling author and Udemy student

The age of the starving artist is over. Learn the skills, strategies, tactics, and tools to become a professional writer and earn good money, including:

  • How to find your voice

  • How to get published in major publications

  • How to interview smart people

  • How to write an outstanding blog post

  • How viral articles go viral

  • How to write captivating headlines

  • How to write an effective case study

  • How to create a white paper

  • How to easily self-publish your own book

  • How to get into your creative flow

  • How to charge high rates for your work

The takeaways go on.

But first, here's my story. 

I hated writing in school. Abhorred it.

I wasn't any good at it. Not at all.

That was over six years ago.


  • I have over 15k followers on Medium and I'm a top writer in Entrepreneurship, Ideas, Startups, and Creativity. 

  • I'm a columnist for Inc. Magazine where I interview people like Shark Tank's billionaire Daymond John, NPR's host of How I Built This Guy Raz, and top CEOs of huge national companies like Jersey Mike's Subs and Orange Theory.

  • I started a top publication on Medium and have grown it to over 87,000 followers, gaining 125 new followers a day. I wrote the 7th most popular story on Medium in 2015. Michael Hyatt, Chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers commented personally on my article.

  • My writing has been published in Chase News, Thought Catalog, CNBC, Business Insider, Quartz, Axios, Smashing Magazine, The Next Web, Forbes, and more.

  • I wrote a 386-page novel (the size of The Hobbit) and self-published it on Amazon.

In this course, I want to share with you everything I've learned so that you can become a well-paid, reputable writer with the ability to attract thousands of followers.

My videos are vulnerable and transparent. As we spend time together, I'll open up about my journey from the very beginning.

Here's the truth: Anyone can write online and start a blog, but not everyone can make money as a writer. A lot of courses will teach you how to blog but they leave out the crucial entrepreneurial aspects of becoming a successful writer. I want to share with you how I generate revenue with rates at $1/word, $500/article, and $100/hour.

I want to give you my formulas for viral articles, tools for saving time, tips for getting wide exposure, and strategies for building a passionate following online. But you'll need to be open to unlearning (almost) everything you've learned about writing in school. 

Instead, you'll learn practical skills including how to pitch your work to major publications, how to create science-backed case studies that clients pay for, how to write an ebook, how to easily self-publish a physical book.

We'll also dispel myths about how to find your writing voice and how to get into your creative flow so you can produce your best work. You'll learn my formulas for how to write outstanding blog posts, how to craft captivating headlines, and how to "launch" your work.

Finally, the deepest outcomes you'll come away with after you've completed this course are:

  1. A strong confidence in yourself as a professional writer. It took me years to feel confident as a writer. And while there are no shortcuts to true success, this course will give you a framework to develop your personal confidence in your writing ability -- the kind of confidence that empowers you to persist through seasons of self-doubt, sharp criticism, and financial troughs.

  2. A rare and lucrative writing expertise. Not everyone can stand out from the crowd, but you'll learn how experts elevate their personal brands, attract swathes of readers, and build a generous income.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginning and ambitious bloggers who want to take their writing to the next level

  • Writers who aren't making money online but want to

  • Small business owners whose blog isn't getting any traffic

  • Marketers who want their brands to get serious PR exposure

  • Writers who want to specialize in marketable content creation skills and work from anywhere

Who this course is for:
  • Bloggers who want to grow their following
  • Startup team members who want greater exposure for their brand
  • Speakers who want to write effectively for a wide audience
  • Digital nomads who wish to create secondary income
  • Content creators interested in monetizing their work
  • Communicators looking to publish their work and earn revenue
  • Developers interested in writing about their products
  • People interested in becoming better writers
  • Students who want to learn professional writing skills
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 04:26:48
+ Welcome
1 lecture 01:01

Homework: introduce yourself and connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn

Preview 01:01
+ How to Write an Outstanding Blog Article
2 lectures 10:44

In this lesson, we'll cover:

  • The blog post formula I first started with
  • How to write an emotive introduction that retains the readers
Preview 05:02

We complete the blog post formula and talk through:

  • The argument formula P.R.E.P.
  • How to write takeaways and CTAs
How to Write an Outstanding Article, Part 2
+ How to Find Your Writing Voice
5 lectures 48:50

In this lesson, you'll learn:

  • About the myth of "finding your voice"
  • How to define your voice
  • The two reasons why people read
  • The difference between bad, good, and great writers
  • How to discover your voice
Preview 08:56


  • The story of how I found my voice and takeaways
  • A helpful formula to find your voice
  • When to start writing
How to Find Your Writing Voice, Part 2

As a writer, you need a place to work. In this lesson, I'll give you a tour of Medum.com, my favorite place to write on the web. I take you back stage, show you key tools, and offer my best tips for success on the Medium platform.

Medium.com: Intro and Best Tips for Success

You'll learn about the myth of big words, why a love of words it critical, and two exercises (The Word Challenge and Poetry) for growing your vocabulary. Learn what Hemingway has to say about big words and take home a strategic mindset for thinking about the persuasive art of diction.

How to Master Words + the Myth of Vocabulary

This practical lesson gives you 7 tactics from 7 different professional writers to strengthen your writing, make it clearer, and simplify complex ideas into understandable concepts. They don't teach you this in school.

Strengthen Your Voice: 7 Power Moves for Writers
+ Viral Articles: Two Case Studies
4 lectures 24:29

Analyze a viral article line by line and learn why hundreds of thousands of readers loved it.

Why This "Millionaire" Medium.com Article Went Viral

Learn the key takeaways from a popular Medium article so you can do the same. Follow these tips, stay consistent, and you might soon discover you've written a hot piece of content.

Key Takeaways From the "Millionaire" Medium Article

Here's the formula and the proof for how to write a viral article (2 million+ lifetime views) on LinkedIn.

How This LinkedIn Article Received 2 Million Views

This lesson crystallizes the reasons why a LinkedIn article went viral and how you can follow the exact same formula.

The Formula Behind the Viral LinkedIn Article
+ How to Write Captivating Headlines That Get More Readers
3 lectures 18:07
How to Write Captivating Headlines That Attract More Readers

You'll learn how to avoid the #1 headlines mistake nobody is talking about (and rarely catches) and why.

The #1 Headline Mistake

Can you tell the difference between a great headline and a not-so-great headline? Try this exercise and see how you do. Also, be sure to check out the attached resources to increase your awareness and recognition of stellar vs. ineffective headlines.

Test Yourself: Can You Tell the Difference Between a Weak/Strong Headline?
+ How to Interview Experts and Pitch Publications
4 lectures 47:21

There are two types of interviews. In this lesson, you'll learn what they are and we'll talk through how to interview someone for a fantastic article, how to set up the meeting, and where to meet face-to-face. You'll also learn who to interview and who not to interview.

How to Interview Smart People

Learn how to interview over email and how to ask good questions. 

Interviews, Pt 2: How to Ask Good Questions

It's time to learn about exposure. Learn how to reach out in the right way, catch an editor's attention, and get published in major publications. We'll work through real-life examples of pitches, the 6 parts of a successful pitch, and you'll come away with a blueprint for getting your writing in front of relevant and established media outlets.

How to Pitch Big Publications

After you hit "publish", the real work begins. This lesson focuses on the "Launch Toolkit" -- ways to reach the greatest number of readers possible using the tools available on the web. I'll give you tips for tailoring content for each platform to get the best results and increase click-through rates.

How to Get Exposure: "Launch" Every Blog Post
+ How to Earn Money as a Writer
3 lectures 25:12

Find out about:

  • Types of work that pay
  • Where to find gigs
  • How to create paying work you enjoy (HINT: entrepreneurship)
  • Do's and don'ts when charging clients for the first time
  • Four ways of getting paid
Money: How to Find Writing Work That Pays Well


  • How much writers make (view rate cards for beginner to expert writers)
  • 7 different arrangements for charging money as a writer
Rates: How Much to Charge

If you've never been paid for your writing before, this lesson outlines the process of invoicing and receiving money. You'll also learn:

  • How much YOU should charge
  • How to negotiate your rates
  • How to start building a portfolio you can leverage
How to Actually Get Paid
+ Habits, Tools, and Strategies for Writers
5 lectures 54:56

We'll look at the writing websites of 6 amazing professional writers today and extract takeaways and design inspiration for you to start building your own online writing portfolio. You'll master:

  • The four key elements experts use to design their writing portfolios
How to Create a Writing Portfolio Website That Wins Work

Learn how to write an effective case study, one of the most powerful forms of business writing (and easiest to sell), and structure it in the psychology-backed, 4-part formula that Facebook, Google, Uber, and other giant companies use.

How to Write Science-Backed Case Studies

This lesson will help you become more self-aware and illuminate how you can more often and easily enter your creative flow so that you can produce your best work.

Preview 11:50

Writer's block is a problem for hardworking writers. This lesson gives you six ways to find inspiration and break through writer's block.

How to Break Through Writer's Block

When your projects and ideas start to outweigh your time, it can be difficult to stay organized, focused, and productive. You need a creative process. This lesson outlines a clear paradigm to keep priorities straight and never miss a deadline.

Organization: How to Juggle Multiple Writing Projects Without Losing Your Mind
+ How to Write Ebooks, White Papers, and Self-Publish a Physical Book
3 lectures 32:21

You'll learn:

  • When to go beyond a blog post and write a white papers or an ebook
  • How to design a beautiful white paper and ebook
  • The tools to create one
  • 6 examples of beautiful white papers and ebooks
Why and How to Write Ebooks and Whitepapers

You'll learn:

  • The four parts to self-publishing a book
  • What a good idea for a book is
  • How to write a manuscript
How to Easily Self-Publish a Physical Book

We'll talk through:

  • How to get an editor (three types)
  • How to self-publish with Createspace.com
  • Thoughts on whether you should self-publish a book or not
How to Easily Self-Publish a Physical Book, Part 2
+ Conclusion
3 lectures 03:47

You're done, but this one piece of advice from a mentor will send you off with the right perspective on hard work, luck, and success.

What One Mentor Told Me About Success & Thank You

Writing can be isolating and so communities can help sharpen your skills, keep you motivated, and just have fun with other writing geeks. Here are my recommended writing communities to join.

BONUS: 12 Free Writing Communities for Lonely Writers

Thanks to technology, there are lots of tools to speed up the process, keep us organized, and operate with greater efficiency. Here are tools I use to work smarter and increase my productivity.

BONUS: 30 Tools for Busy Writers