Writing Workshop 2: Secrets of Successful Non-Fiction Writers

Do you struggle with engaging people with your writing? Do people ever ignore your writing? Do you have trouble publishing on a regular basis? Do conferences ignore your abstracts even though you have compelling content?

You’re not selling your ideas to people who need them.

If you have any of these problems, this workshop is for you. It’s time to supercharge your writing.

Successful non-fiction writers implement several secrets: they find simple and compelling ways to explain their ideas; they have a trusted cohort of reviewers; and they maintain a regular publishing schedule. You can learn how.

Here’s the outline of the workshop:

  • How to structure your articles, blog posts, or abstracts so that they draw people in at the beginning.
  • How to keep people reading all the way to the end.
  • How to check your writing first before you ask for review.
  • How to ask for and receive feedback about your writing.
  • How to use the feedback you receive.
  • How to publish on a regular basis. How to find places to publish and sell your writing.

Join this 6-week workshop to learn all this and more. You will write at least one releasable piece each week: an article, a blog post, a conference submission or something else of your choosing. You will find a place to publish it. My goal is that you will end the workshop with at least three pieces you can publish and you know where to publish them.

Expect to spend a couple of hours on homework each week. I will provide you feedback on everything you send me. We will create a community of feedback providers in the workshop.

You probably know me through my writing. In case you don’t, I’m the author of 13 books (and counting), about 1000 blog posts, and hundreds of articles. If you look at Writing Workshop 1, you can see some testimonials for my technical editing and teaching.

This workshop has a prerequisite: Either you’ve taken Writing Workshop 1 with me, or you have the habit (or are willing to practice the habit) of writing. Email me if you are not sure which workshop is right for you.

Here’s what people who’ve taken this workshop have said:

“Johanna is a master at distilling her considerable experience into powerful, effective lessons that stretched me as a writer. Her homework assignments put her lessons into vibrant practice, showing me that I could both increase my output and write in a more flowing style.” — Jim Grey, software manager and blogger.

What was surprising about the course is how it provided both short term and long term improvements.  For the short term, the course introduced steps for improving a daily writing practice for blogs or short articles.  The surprising part was how these steps build upon each other to develop larger articles and even could be used to write books.  I know I’ll be revisiting the course material often to master more of these steps.” — Mark Kilby, agile coach at Sonatype and community cultivator

We will meet these days for our in-person sessions, starting in 2017, Tuesdays, all at 2pm Eastern.

  • May 16
  • May 23
  • May 30
  • June 6
  • June 13

I am limiting registration to 6 people so I can provide you the best feedback.

This is a virtual workshop. You can join from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

Super early bird pricing: $425, up until March 12, 2017

Early bird pricing: $525 March 13- April 3, 2017 or until we fill the workshop.

Just in time pricing: $625 April 4 – May 10, 2017, or until we fill the workshop.

If you’re wondering, I’m planning another workshop for May 2017. Let me know if you’re interested.

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2 Comments

  1. Marilyn Schumacher

    Not sure if I qualify for the Writing Workshop 2. I have been writing on a blog for the last several years, once per week, until it goes into hibernation for the month of Dec.

    Reply
    • johanna

      Hi Marilyn, I sent you an email to ask you more specifics.

      If other people are wondering the same thing, here’s the quick answer: Workshop 1 is about developing a writing habit. I provide feedback on your writing so you learn what to look for as you write, to improve yourself. Workshop 2 is much more about learning to write faster and publish more.

      Successful writers write articles, blogs, whatever that people love to read. Workshop 2 is about attracting people to your writing and publishing more often.

      Reply

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