What students say about this course:
Diana provided us with several hands-on, practical exercises to prepare us for the reality of making a living from one's writing -- which isn't always pretty or easy. That said, I found her feedback and the resources she mentioned to be extremely helpful and relevant. Despite being thousands of miles away, Diana was always prompt in making assignments and responding to questions.
And like any good teacher, she makes great use of her natural wit to keep students engaged in the learning process. While I have yet to replace my old 9-to-5 job's income with freelancing activities, I firmly believe it is just a matter of time, thanks in large measure to Diana Bocco's course and her encouragement.
For anyone vacillating on whether it's
a worthwhile investment: I say if you're serious about freelancing, take
How to Quit Your Day
Making a Living as a Full-time Freelance Writer
Not only can you make money writing, but with the right tools, you can earn enough to make a full-time living at it. Learn to develop, research, and write pieces suitable for publication in a number of venues. This course is not only full of tips and strategies, but also of checklists, tables, and handouts you will be able to use long after the course is over. This is an intense, hands-on program, so you should be prepared to work hard. By the end of the course, you will have at least two pieces (and their respective query letters) ready to be submitted.
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The following books are not required purchases for this course, but are highly recommended by the facilitator.
The Well-Fed Writer
Atlanta freelancer Bowerman shows timid (but talented) souls how almost anyone can forge ahead as an independent writer. His advice is good, couched in brassy prose that is easy to read.
The Renegade Writer
This guide aims to set freelance writers straight. Full of great tips and common sense, the book demystifies all the stages of getting a piece published, from "Cranking up the Idea Factory" to "Getting the Green."
Make a REAL LIVING as a Freelance Writer
Veteran freelancer Glazer provides a practical guide for aspiring writers who want to earn a living doing what they love. Glatzer takes readers through the must-do basics - from sending clean, spell-checked cover letters to avoiding harassing busy editors.