Byline Boot Camp: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Short Nonfiction Published

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern

You have stories to tell, and there are literally thousands of print and online publications looking for content.

Additional Information

This webinar breaks down the process of publishing short nonfiction (articles and essays around 700-1200 words) into clear, manageable steps that will help you accomplish your goals, whether you want to see your name in print, develop an online platform on an area of expertise, or bring in a steady income as a freelance writer.

By the end of this webinar, you’ll be better equipped to find a good home for your work. From developing relationships with editors and discovering new publications to managing your time and making ends meet, you’ll learn it all. 

In this webinar, you will:

  • IDENTIFY a handful of story ideas worth pursuing by considering the ideas editors are most interested in and the stories you’re best suited to write.
  • EXPLORE existing publications in order to answer the question, “Who wants my writing?”
  • LEARN how to pitch your ideas to editors effectively. The presentation will include how to best match an idea to a publication and increase your rate of success.
  • DISCOVER what happens after you hit send on your query letter, including everything from responding to rejection to following up when there’s no response, negotiating assignments, signing contracts, and delivering the goods.

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the publication process and getting their work out into the world.

All registrants receive a recording.

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Please Note

It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

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Education FAQs

  • Will there be closed-captioning or a transcript of the webinar?

    We will provide closed-captioning upon request. Please contact us at least a week prior to the webinar to allow time for scheduling with a captioner.

  • Will I need to install any software?

    The webinar link will prompt you to download the GoTo Opener. For troubleshooting questions, please refer to GoTo Webinar’s support page: https://support.goto.com/webinar

  • What video conferencing program does CNF use for their webinars?

    We use GoTo Meeting. After you register for the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to the class.

  • Is there a preferred browser for viewing the webinar?

    Yes: Chrome tends to work best with the GoTo Webinar software.

  • I’d like to attend a webinar but have a conflict. Will the program be offered at another time?

    Our webinars are usually presented on Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern time. We rarely repeat webinars, but we do send out a recording of the program to everyone who registers, and you may watch the program at your conviencence.