Monday, August 29, 2016

Fall Class Update

Greetings! I've been getting a lot of mailing list signups, questions about freelancing, and mentoring requests in recent weeks. Unfortunately, I have to cut back on my teaching and e-mail availability in the coming months due to an illness in my family, along with an already packed schedule. I wish I could respond personally to your e-mails, but I cannot at this time. Thank you for understanding. I do not know when I'll be teaching again; as soon as I know, I will post the schedule here and at the Renegade Writer website.

In the meantime, my business partner and coauthor Linda Formichelli offers mentoring services; you can reach her through The Renegade Writer Press website.

Much continued success on your writing journey!  --Diana

Monday, June 20, 2016

Become an Idea Machine Summer Session Starts July 11, 2016

ETA: Sorry folks, the class has filled up. Get your name on my mailing list to be notified of the next class.

Today was my kid's last day of middle school. Summer is here! I can't believe he'll be in high school this fall and (shudder) entering college in four years.

Anyway, I've had some time open up in my summer schedule and I'm offering my three-week Become an Idea Machine course to start on Monday, July 11. I opened the class up for registration to my mailing list subscribers last week and have just a few spots left.

Prospective students write to me when I offer this class in the summer, asking if it's a good idea to take the course during a holiday/vacation. I get some of my best ideas when I'm away from home. However this is a class, so my advice is: if you're going to be away the week of July 11 *and* have access to e-mail, I'd say go for it. However, if you're going to be away during the second week of class (July 18), I'd much rather you take the course during another session. We do a lot of back and forth during that second week, and maybe it's best to have a great time relaxing on vacation than worrying about getting to the computer to do homework. If you'll be away the third week (July 25) but still want to take the class, it's doable, but again, ask yourself if you'd rather be researching magazines or relaxing by the pool? (Although I have to admit, I've researched plenty of markets poolside.)

So, if this session works for you, you can sign up here. Can't make this session? Then sign up to be notified of future classes here. The soonest I'll be teaching again is later this fall.

In case we don't talk before then, enjoy your summer! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Become an Idea Machine Mailing List

Happy New Year!

Hope 2016 is off to an amazing start for you. Listen, my schedule is crazy busy for the next few months, so I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to run my Become an Idea Machine workshop again. Instead of personally e-mailing interested students if I do find three weeks of free time, I decided to get with the program and start a bona fide non-spammy e-mail list thru Mail Chimp. If you want to sign up for notifications, click here. I swear, I'll only use your contact info to let you know when my next class will be and to give you advance press and special discounts for upcoming Renegade Writer Press books. You can unsub at any time. I'm hoping this will help me do a better job keeping everyone who's interested informed of upcoming classes and books. Thanks for understanding.

Keep up the good work in 2016!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Next Become an Idea Machine workshop scheduled for October 19, 2015

I've been able to work my schedule to include another session of my popular Become an Idea Machine workshop, which will start on Monday, October 19, 2015. I can't tell you when I'll be running the workshop again as it depends on the alignment of multiple schedules.

If you’re looking to increase the quality and quantity of story ideas to sell to editors, this is the workshop for you. In the first week, we work on increasing your output of ideas. During week two, we focus on taking a few of those raw ideas and giving them shape (or angles). Then during the last week, we talk about marketing those ideas, which is key to actually selling your ideas. You can have the greatest story idea in the world, but if you don’t have it targeted for the proper market, you’ll never sell it.

Any questions? Please contact me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com or check out my FAQs. And if you’re ready to take your freelance writing career to the next level, sign up here. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Next Become an Idea Machine class starts Monday, February 16, 2015

Yay, my back has finally healed and I'm happy to announce the next Become an Idea Machine class will be starting on Monday, February 16, 2015.

If you’re looking to increase the quality and quantity of story ideas to sell to editors, this is the class for you. In the first week, we work on increasing your output of ideas. During week two, we focus on taking a few of those raw ideas and giving them shape (or angles). Then during the last week, we talk about marketing those ideas, which is key to actually selling your ideas. You can have the greatest story idea in the world, but if you don’t have it targeted for the proper market, you’ll never sell it.

Any questions? Please contact me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com or check out my FAQs. And if you’re ready to take your freelance writing career to the next level, sign up here. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Update on Fall Become an Idea Machine class

Unfortunately I have a back injury (herniated disc, ouch!) that hasn't healed as fast as I'd hoped, which has prevented me from scheduling a fall Become an Idea Machine class. The holidays are fast upon us, so now it looks like I won't be scheduling anything until after the new year. If you would like to be notified of the next class, please e-mail me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com and I will add you to the list. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Interested in Becoming an Idea Machine this fall?

I'm completely revamping my popular Become an Idea Machine workshop for fall 2014. If you'd like to be notified when the workshop will start, please e-mail me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com and I'll add you to my non-spammy notification list.

Enjoy these last beautiful days of summer!