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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Making Money Writing

No Longer Enrolling

  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

In “On Writing,” Stephen King defines “talent” like this: “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.”

We can quibble with this definition, but the fact is, it’s is the dream of most writers – to roll out of bed, stumble to their desk still in their pajamas, and spend the day at their computer, working on fun and interesting projects that pay their bills. While only a handful of people can make their living from literary writing alone, the happy truth is that there are thousands of freelancers across the country earning good incomes – often stretching well into the six figures – from their writing. All it takes is lots of hard work, an almost insane level of persistence…and some idea about how to get started.

This practical one-day class will teach you how to seek out lucrative, unadvertised writing opportunities in high-demand sectors like technology, healthcare, business, and even the nonprofit world. We’ll also focus on how to quickly build up a portfolio of clips, even if you don’t have any experience writing for publication. Writers will leave with a concrete plan for how to use their unique strengths, experiences, and interests to being making money from their writing – and, if they stick with it, to build a freelance career.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!