Writing columns that editors can't resist
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Writing columns that editors can't resist

A complete course for serious columnists!
4.7 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
96 students enrolled
Created by Luuk Koelman
Last updated 4/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 37 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The ability to write professional columns that will definitely make you stand out from the crowd of competitor columnists.
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Requirements
  • You have to be sure about your writing ambitions, your motivations and perseverance. No further knowledge is necessary: it is a complete course, after all!
Description

 Always been jealous of the ease with which professional columnists (seem to) write their texts? It's far from easy: putting some trivial issue into such words that the text will really entertain the reader or exactly touch the sore spot (ouch!).

You don't have ample space: a few hundred words at max. In a good column, every phrase, every word, yes, even every comma is just in the right place.

Writing columns is a craft. And therefore... you definitely CAN learn how to do it!

In this special course, I will tell you all I know about writing columns. I will show you my approach, my way of working. I will give you insights in my own writing process plus sufficient starting points and clues in order to get started yourself. But even more important: with my methods and working approach, you will know how to differentiate yourself from your competitors!

All my knowledge of column writing, based on over fifteen years' experience, compressed into one great course!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you want to become a truly professional columnist, you should take this course. If you want to write outstanding blogs, you should, too. If you merely want to write a letter to your mother-in-law once in a while, you probably should not.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
02:23:09
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COURSE STRUCTURE
2 Lectures 04:35
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INTRODUCTION
4 Lectures 15:15

The half hour lie
03:12

The 10 percent rule
06:11

A safe column is no use at all
02:36
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YOUR SUBJECT
3 Lectures 13:32
Be prepared
02:28

Finding your subject
07:05

Elaborating on your subject
03:59
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CREATIVITY
3 Lectures 15:48

Why you get your best ideas in the shower
03:48

Eleven ways to boost your creativity
08:45
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HOW TO START A COLUMN
2 Lectures 06:59
The first paragraph should do the trick
02:21

Sixteen ways of opening a column
04:38
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WRITING COLUMNS: THE FIVE PILLARS
5 Lectures 22:19
1) One subject is enough
02:04

2) About the sparrow that dropped dead from the rooftop
06:57

3) The true value of 'show don't tell'
03:17

4) Put your column in the right shape
04:16

5) The unexpected angle: 99+ variations
05:45
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HOW TO FINISH YOUR COLUMN
3 Lectures 08:20

Seven ways of ending a column in style
02:31

The title
04:12
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THE SECRET OF EXPRESSIVE WRITING
6 Lectures 22:08
In the mind of the reader
02:12

Details
03:41

The secret of good dialogues
03:39

Past or present tense?
01:08

There's something wrong with certain words
03:49

Five additional tips for expressive writing
07:39
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THE FOUR STAGES OF REWRITING
6 Lectures 19:15
Why rewriting is essential
05:18

1) On column level
03:37

2) On paragraph level (1:45)
01:45

3) On sentence level
01:58

4) On word level
02:07

The importance of a co-reader
04:30
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GETTING PUBLISHED
3 Lectures 12:09
Get your unique position
01:37

This is how an editor will notice you
06:02

How to handle readers' criticism
04:30
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About the Instructor
Luuk Koelman
4.7 Average rating
16 Reviews
96 Students
1 Course
professional columnist

My name is Luuk Koelman. I've been a professional columnist for over seventeen years now. I've written columns and content for daily newspapers like 'Metro' (more than 1.5 million readers per day, one of the largest newspapers in the Netherlands) and for popular monthly magazines like Playboy and Panorama. I also teach the craft of column writing at universities and schools of journalism. In addition to that, I am regularly coaching and training several talented columnists and pupils on a personal basis.