How to Get Paid for
Penning Your Two Cents
Jennifer Brown Banks
Are you opinionated? Informed? Do others often seek your advice? If you answered yes to these questions, you have the potential to become a paid columnist. This class can show you how.
Discover the tips and tools to create marketable ideas, identify your niche or “expertise”, and develop your unique “voice”.
Learn how to turn your passion into pay!
An Overview of the 5 Ws of Column Writing
Identifying Your Niche and Playing to Your Strengths
Consider the Source! (How and where to identify
Week 4: Marketing
In this final week, we’ll address pitch letters, market research and developing successful strategies for publication.
About the Facilitator:
Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, popular relationship columnist and award-winning poet. Her work has appeared in online and print publications such as: Small Business CEO Magazine, Online Dating Magazine, Honey, Funds for Writers, Writing for Dollars, Simon and Schuster’s Chocolate series for women, and a host of other regional and national publications.
She is the former Senior Editor of Mahogany Magazine, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Writers Association.
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Books recommended on this page are not required reading for participation in the course.
The Art of Column Writing: Insider
Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete Hamill
and Other Great Columnists
Featuring some of the most famous columnists in the business, this guide reveals the secrets to becoming a syndicated newspaper columnist, through both the author's own experiences and anecdotes from the respected writers who excel in their craft. From finding topics, to digging up information, and ultimately writing a column that makes people think, laugh, or cry, all the wisdom necessary to write opinion, humor, and insight columns is clearly presented in this in-depth manual.