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Writing for Publication - Bust Writer's Block

Bust writer's block & Boost article sales
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What Will I Learn?
How to develop and write an article to sell to magazines
How to write the 5 Easiest Articles to Write
How to select the right magazines for your articles
How to develop a slant for your articles
How to get your Creative Muse to help you quickly and easily write articles that seem to write themselves
Write an article that is ready to pitch to an editor
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  • A strong desire to be a freelance writer

Make Writer's Block a distant memory.

Writing for Publication is designed for both new and experienced writers who want to learn how to get their Creative Muse to help them quickly and easily write and sell magazine articles. This course evolved from my own struggles learning how to write articles for magazines.

The course includes audio/video presentations, hands-on writing, and downloadable handouts.

The lectures and videos guide you through the article writing and development process from start to finish. As a result, by the time you complete this course, you will have written an article that is ready to submit to a magazine editor for publication.

This course is designed to be self paced. It is best to complete the lectures in sequence because each lecture builds upon the previous lecture.

The course also includes editing and proofreading guidelines that will help you polish the articles you write and impress the magazine editors you work for.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of this course.

Let's get started.

I'll meet you inside!


Here's what some of my former students have said about this course:

"After taking Writing for Publication,
I went from no sales to regular sales."
—Andrea C., Sacramento, CA

"Who knew writing could be so easy?
This is one course that teaches skills
you'll use again and again."
—Sunny W., Monterey, CA

"Carol cuts through all the hype and
clearly explains how to get the creative
muse to write."
—Jake M., Orange County

Who is the target audience?
  • New and aspiring writers who want to get started writing for publication
  • Experienced writers who want to learn how to write more articles quickly without sacrificing quality
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 7 Lectures Collapse All 7 Lectures 01:19:35
Introduction to Writing for Publication
1 Lecture 06:48


This lecture provides a course overview and explains what we will cover. It also discusses the Writing Process, Creativity Process, and Writer's Block.

Preview 06:48
Getting Started
2 Lectures 17:34

Busting the 3 Biggest Magazine Writing Myths

This lecture addresses and busts the 3 Biggest Magazine Writing Myths that hold writers back from achieving the success they seek as freelance writers.

Preview 03:03

The 5 Easiest Articles to Write

This lecture covers what goes into writing each of these articles and provides suggestions for illustrating them.

Preview 14:31
Combining Writing & Creativity
2 Lectures 48:16


Writing articles that sell requires planning and focus. That's why knowing your article's slant and developing your article accordingly are important. In this lecture, you will have the opportunity to develop your article's slant.

Remember: Magazine editors are eager for well written articles. So let's jump in and begin writing.

I'll meet you inside!

How to Develop Your Article's Slant

How to Use the Article Development Form

Remember, writing articles that sell requires planning and focus. In the previous lecture, you developed your article's Slant.

In this lecture, you will build upon the Slant and use the Article Development Form to quickly and easily write any one of the 5 Easiest Articles, which you selected earlier in this course. In the process, you will discover how easy it is to eliminate Writer's Block and tap into your own Creative Muse.

You also will be able to use this process to write longer feature articles.

Lecture Objective: To learn how to use the Article Development Form to write an article you can pitch to a magazine editor.

I'll meet you inside!

How to Use the Article Development Form
Resources: The Professional Writers Toolbox
1 Lecture 01:07

Resources: The Writer's Toolbox

Every writer I know has a bookcase brimming with favorite reference and other useful writing books that feed the Creative Muse and help them write well.

The 5 PDF files in this lecture provide useful reference materials and a list of books that will help you in your writing career.

What's in the Toolbox
Wrap Up
1 Lecture 05:50
What You've Learned & How to Use It
About the Instructor
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Believe in Your Dreams

Writing, word-smithing, and communicating have been passions of mine since childhood. As a result, my friends refuse to play Scrabble with me unless I am on their team. I guess that's what happens when you decide at age 12 to become a writer.

The publishing industry has fascinated me since I found a copy of Writers Digest at a local newsstand when I was in seventh grade and books are among my most prized possessions.

For more than 20 years, I've been a publications consultant and freelance writer and editor. My clients have included many high-tech Silicon Valley companies, including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Hitachi to name just a few. I've also written articles for local, national, and international publications and have worked as both a magazine and book editor.

My articles have appeared in InfoWorld magazine, Infants to Teens, Parents, Fit, Connecticut Woman, High Technology Careers, the Almaden Times, and several in-house corporate magazines and newsletters. I’ve also been a columnist for InfoWorld and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Over the years, I've developed and taught writing classes for several writers groups and two university certificate programs, including a Documentation and Publication Certificate Program, which I helped develop.

When I'm not writing, I'm enjoying the company of my family, friends, and furbabies, expanding my vegetable garden, playing guitar and singing off key, dancing, or putting my multilingual abilities to the test while traveling.

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