Diana Burrell

Freelance magazine writer and author

Become an Idea Machine Summer Session Starts July 11, 2016

Written By: dianaburrell - Jun• 20•16

Today was my kid’s last day of middle school. Summer is here! I can’t believe he’ll be in high school this fall and (shudder) entering college in four years.

Anyway, I’ve had some time open up in my summer schedule and I’m offering my three-week Become an Idea Machine course to start on Monday, July 11. I opened the class up for registration to my mailing list subscribers last week and have just a few spots left.

Prospective students write to me when I offer this class in the summer, asking if it’s a good idea to take the course during a holiday/vacation. I get some of my best ideas when I’m away from home. However this is a class, so my advice is: if you’re going to be away the week of July 11 *and* have access to e-mail, I’d say go for it. However, if you’re going to be away during the second week of class (July 18), I’d much rather you take the course during another session. We do a lot of back and forth during that second week, and maybe it’s best to have a great time relaxing on vacation than worrying about getting to the computer to do homework. If you’ll be away the third week (July 25) but still want to take the class, it’s doable, but again, ask yourself if you’d rather be researching magazines or relaxing by the pool? (Although I have to admit, I’ve researched plenty of markets poolside.)

So, if this session works for you, you can sign up here. Can’t make this session? Then sign up to be notified of future classes here. The soonest I’ll be teaching again is later this fall.

In case we don’t talk before then, enjoy your summer! :)

Become an Idea Machine Mailing List

Written By: dianaburrell - Jan• 07•16

Happy New Year!

Hope 2016 is off to an amazing start for you. Listen, my schedule is crazy busy for the next few months, so I’m not sure when I’ll get a chance to run my Become an Idea Machine workshop again. Instead of personally e-mailing interested students if I do find three weeks of free time, I decided to get with the program and start a bona fide non-spammy e-mail list thru Mail Chimp. If you want to sign up for notifications, click here. I swear, I’ll only use your contact info to let you know when my next class will be and to give you advance press and special discounts for upcoming Renegade Writer Press books. You can unsub at any time. I’m hoping this will help me do a better job keeping everyone who’s interested informed of upcoming classes and books. Thanks for understanding.

Keep up the good work in 2016!!!

Next Become an Idea Machine workshop scheduled for October 19, 2015

Written By: dianaburrell - Sep• 15•15

I’ve been able to work my schedule to include another session of my popular Become an Idea Machine workshop, which will start on Monday, October 19, 2015. I can’t tell you when I’ll be running the workshop again as it depends on the alignment of multiple schedules.

If you’re looking to increase the quality and quantity of story ideas to sell to editors, this is the workshop for you. In the first week, we work on increasing your output of ideas. During week two, we focus on taking a few of those raw ideas and giving them shape (or angles). Then during the last week, we talk about marketing those ideas, which is key to actually selling your ideas. You can have the greatest story idea in the world, but if you don’t have it targeted for the proper market, you’ll never sell it.

Any questions? Please contact me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com or check out my FAQs. And if you’re ready to take your freelance writing career to the next level, sign up here. :)

Next Become an Idea Machine class starts Monday, February 16, 2015

Written By: dianaburrell - Jan• 13•15

Yay, my back has finally healed and I’m happy to announce the next Become an Idea Machine class will be starting on Monday, February 16, 2015.

If you’re looking to increase the quality and quantity of story ideas to sell to editors, this is the class for you. In the first week, we work on increasing your output of ideas. During week two, we focus on taking a few of those raw ideas and giving them shape (or angles). Then during the last week, we talk about marketing those ideas, which is key to actually selling your ideas. You can have the greatest story idea in the world, but if you don’t have it targeted for the proper market, you’ll never sell it.

Any questions? Please contact me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com or check out my FAQs. And if you’re ready to take your freelance writing career to the next level, sign up here. :)

Update on Fall Become an Idea Machine class

Written By: dianaburrell - Nov• 25•14

Unfortunately I have a back injury (herniated disc, ouch!) that hasn’t healed as fast as I’d hoped, which has prevented me from scheduling a fall Become an Idea Machine class. The holidays are fast upon us, so now it looks like I won’t be scheduling anything until after the new year. If you would like to be notified of the next class, please e-mail me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com and I will add you to the list. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Interested in Becoming an Idea Machine this fall?

Written By: dianaburrell - Aug• 26•14

I’m completely revamping my popular Become an Idea Machine workshop for fall 2014. If you’d like to be notified when the workshop will start, please e-mail me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com and I’ll add you to my non-spammy notification list.

Enjoy these last beautiful days of summer!

Summer 2014 Become an Idea Machine Class starts July 21

Written By: dianaburrell - Jun• 18•14

I’m offering my Become an Idea Machine workshop in July. The class will start on Monday, July 21, 2013 and run for three weeks. I anticipate this class will sell out so sign up as soon as you can. THE JULY CLASS IS NOW SOLD OUT.

I look forward to working with you this summer!

 

Taking a break after April Become an Idea Machine class

Written By: dianaburrell - Mar• 28•14

If you’ve been thinking about taking my Become an Idea Machine workshop this spring, you might want to sign up for my April session. I’ve decided to take a break of indeterminate length afterwards to work on writing projects I’ve been putting off. There’s a chance I’ll schedule a workshop over the summer depending on a. interest and b. if I can get our warm-weather plans in sync.

If you can’t do the April workshop and want to be put on my notification list for the next one I schedule, please e-mail me. I’ll only use your address to notify you about a scheduled class and for no other marketing/spammy purposes. Those e-mails bug me too. :)

Happy spring!

Next Become an Idea Machine Class starts April 7, 2014

Written By: dianaburrell - Feb• 03•14

The next Become an Idea Machine class starts on Monday, April 7, 2014.

If you’re looking to increase the quality and quantity of story ideas to sell to editors, this is the class for you. In the first week, we work on increasing your output of ideas. During week two, we focus on taking a few of those raw ideas and giving them shape (or angles). Then during the last week, we talk about marketing those ideas, which is key to actually selling your ideas. You can have the greatest story idea in the world, but if you don’t have it targeted for the proper market, you’ll never sell it.

Any questions? Please contact me at dianaburrell at gmail dot com or check out my FAQs. And if you’re ready to take your freelance writing career to the next level, sign up here.

A nice testimonial

Written By: dianaburrell - Dec• 15•13

A couple weeks ago, one of my October students sent me a nice note after the workshop ended. She had taken the workshop with phone mentoring:

“I want to thank you so very much for your support, encouragement, and generosity with your time and knowledge. Your course and personal help was far and away more than I expected and absolutely invaluable to me. I feel like I got WAY more than my money’s worth, and also like I’ve found a friend and cheerleader who’s out there sending the Universe good vibes on my behalf. Who couldn’t use more of that? I can’t adequately express my gratitude, so I’ll just say thank you again.”

It’s always lovely to get a note like this, but the truth is L worked really hard those three weeks and overcame some big confidence issues just by doing. It’s the doing that builds confidence, which a lot of aspiring writers have a hard time believing. I swear, though, that taking action is the secret to success, and if you can just get out of your own way and do something, anything to move you forward–even if it turns out to the wrong step to take–you’ll be ahead of the pack of folks who believe there’s some other secret to making it as a writer.

This isn’t a sales pitch for my story idea workshop, btw. If you know what you need to do to move yourself forward–whether it’s increasing the number of pitches you send out each week, or simply calling a magazine to get an editor’s e-mail address–then DO IT. Don’t sign up for another class if you know what you need to do — you’re just stalling and throwing good money away when you could be making money. However, if you’re ready to take action–or, in the words of Tony Robbins, “massive action”–but want feedback on your ideas  and how to strengthen them (which you don’t always get when you pitch to an editor) or want to build the skills you’ll need to become a writer who’s brimming with stories to tell, then my class can assist you. It’s hard work and like I alluded to above with L … the work is really on your shoulders. I can only help when you do the heavy lifting of doing the assignments and working with me to refine those ideas into stories.

Last week L said she was moving forward slowly, but as I told her and what I would tell you, that’s terrific! It’s not a race, especially if you’re at the beginning of your career or you’ve got a lot of other responsibilities and/or issues. As long as you’ve got a plan and you’re taking action regularly and consistently–even if it’s every other week–you’re making progress.

Here’s to happy, prosperous, and confident 2014!!!