I was in your magazine writing course last year. I actually used the magazine article query letter I wrote for a class assignment, and I sold the story. It is on the children's musical composition project called "Hey, Mozart!" and will be in the Aug/Sept issue of American Music Teacher (AMT) magazine. Yippee!"
Eva has found the right mix of lessons for an Advanced Writing class. Her commitment to teaching is, as aways, very strong. She comments constructively on all submitted work, and encourages useful and positive feedback from fellow students. She creates a wonderful, positive class, that was very inspiring. Very well done!"
Eva, I truly appreciate all your help, encouragement and patience. I can honestly say had it not been for you and this amazing class, I wouldn't be writing."
Eva Shaw is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Her encouragement and enthusiasm for the field of writing is inspiring. I would encourage anyone that has ever considered writing, to take her Writeriffic course. Whether you wish to be published or not, you will finish her class with a sense of accomplishment."
Eva, thanks so much for all you have taught me in this class. I never expected to get so much valuable info in a short six week class. Thanks also for the nudges and your kind words. You are the best! I really enjoy taking your classes. Look for me soon in your magazine writing class."
Thanks for another fun and enlightening writing course. I especially like the information on the business side of writing, and the way you always encourage us to think of ourselves as "real" writers. With every course I can see my dream of becoming a professional writer becoming more and more a reality. Thanks for all that you do."
The editor you suggested emailed back this morning and wants to use my Intuition piece on their website. She said it was moving, powerful and emotionally raw and she would be honored to publish it. Thank you for the nudges. Your encouragement helped give me confidence in spite of my own doubts."
These classes have been exactly what I need to make me think. I am no longer the wide-eyed novice totally unaware of what is involved in writing. I can make an informed decision about what I wish to do with my life. No matter what I decide, you will always be my mentor, my first true writing teacher, and my expert! Besides, I can't stop writing now. It is way too much fun!"
This class was the best I've ever taken. The exercises Dr. Shaw provided enabled me to stretch my writing capabilities in a way I never dreamed possible. I have never written as well as I have in this class. Her lessons were detailed and provided me with invaluable information and the tone she set in the class motivated me to not only want to write well but to interact creatively with other members in the class. Dr. Shaw's willingness to give 150% motivated me to want to give back even more. Kudos to Dr. Shaw for a fantastic class."
Eva & Classmates: Thank you so much for your encouragement through this online classroom! I will now be able to officially say that I have been PUBLISHED - I would have never thought of writing an essay or having it accepted by a magazine. It's just Lesson 6 and I'm a published author. Now I need to write more! Thank You SO much for your guidance."
Course Code: wc2
Begin your journey to becoming a better writer as you delve more deeply into the writing life and expose some of the common myths of writing.
Learn some simple tricks that will make you a pro at self-editing and researching. Then learn everything you need to know about making money as a freelancer writing for magazines.
Focus on how you can sell short works such as short stories, columns, essays, and poetry to magazines and newspapers. You’ll also gain a working knowledge of the genre possibilities and what it takes to write a novel as you discover how stories are found, how some famous novelists were discovered, how to stay motivated, and what has stopped a few hopeful writers from writing.
Focus on the types of nonfiction writing and how to get a project started, written, and noticed by publishers and agents. Then if you have a talent for emulating peoples' voices, and if you're fast, efficient, and good with people, ghostwriting might be for you. Learn how to advertise and find clients, how to select appropriate clients, and how to maintain a good working relationship so you can produce the best book possible.
Learn about the roles of editors and agents and how you can interact with them. Then learn about options for alternative publishing which will help you make sound career and financial decisions.
Gain knowledge of the legal side of writing as you view sample agreements and contracts. And finally, you’ll learn a vital lesson about time management which will help you in your writing career.
Eva Shaw, Ph.D. is a full-time working writer. She has authored thousands of articles, essays, and short stories and more than 70 books including “Writing the Nonfiction Book” and “Insider’s Guide to San Diego.” Her work has been featured in USA Today, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, and others. She has won several awards, including the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Woman of Merit Award.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.