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How to Make Money From Your Writing

You really can make money with your writing. Whether you want to create your own business, add to your income, supplement your retirement, or boost what you're earning as a writer, you'll find the how-to's here. In just six weeks, I'll share secrets, methods, and tips to help you generate income with your writing. This class includes all the practical information that so rarely gets taught in writing classes. 

In most courses and social groups it's taboo to discuss money, but not here. We'll embrace it! Making money is the focus of the lessons. You'll explore a dozen genres that can help you establish a sometime, part-time, or full-time career as a writer. Along the way, you'll learn methods to work faster, suffer less rejection, and bring home more bacon. Fulfilling (and lucrative) writing work is waiting for you! 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

How to Make Money From Your Writing


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Course Code: wc2

What You Will Learn
  • Find out what it takes to be a paid writer
  • Understand what a writer's life is really like, and learn how to deal with rejection
  • Learn tips for self-editing and productive researching
  • Find out how to submit queries and land feature writing assignments for magazines and e-zines
  • Develop a working knowledge of writing novels and nonfiction books, what the publishers are looking for, and how to submit writing
  • Understand what it means to be a ghostwriter, how to find clients, and how to develop and maintain a strong working relationship with your clients
  • Gain knowledge of the business side of writing as it pertains to advances, royalties, letters of commitment and intent, invoices, and releases
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become more efficient in your writing time management and learn how to market your products like a pro
  • Understand the ins and outs of writing for money and become more confident in your ability to succeed
  • Develop a new career path as you successfully learn to make money from your writing


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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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. 

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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. 

Week 6

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. 

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Instructors & Support

Eva Shaw

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.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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