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Beyond the Classroom: AWP

This coming Friday I will have the pleasure of participating in the Association of Writing Professionals (AWP) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C..

The panel is Beyond the Classroom: Teaching Outside Academia: presenting MFA students and graduates with creative ways to expand their careers and supplement their incomes by exploring other teaching channels.

Everyone on the panel is an entrepreneur who’s developed his or her own approach to teaching (see below for more information on the players). And everyone contributed free digital content to help you jumpstart your own freelance career.

Going to miss AWP? Don’t worry. Click HERE for the packet, containing:

  • how to become a freelance editor
  • how to create an online course
  • how to convert your material into digital content, like a course or e-book
  • example of a virtual course: Time to Write workshop
  • epic list of technology gizmos and apps to make your life easier

My esteemed panel colleagues:

Jane Friedman is our panel’s resident genius on all things digital. She’s taught at UVA and the University of Cincinnati, and formerly held positions at VQR and Writer’s Digest. She’s a columnist for Publisher’s Weekly and her essays have appeared in collections by University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co.

Gabriela Pereira is the founder of DIY MFA, an online education company. She earned an MFA from The New School and now develops online writing courses. She’s the author of the book DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community, and the host of DIY MFA Radio, where she interviews authors and publishing experts about the business and art of writing.

Andi Cumbo-Flyod is a writing coach, skilled at helping writers get to the heart and soul of their work. She spends her days editing manuscripts, running a robust community for some wonderful writers, and doing research about people who were enslaved in the American South. Her books include Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words.

Julie Duffy is the founder of the annual StoryADay May short story challenge and runs the online community associated with that challenge. Previously, she worked in author services in Xlibris so she can speak to how self-publishing can be part of an effective revenue model for writers and writing teachers.

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