Diana Burrell

Freelance magazine writer and author

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!!!

Become an Idea Machine workshop starts January 6, 2014

Written By: dianaburrell - Dec• 03•13

I’m opening up registration for the January Become an Idea Machine workshop … it’ll start on Monday, January 6, 2014. I was going to start it a week later, but truth be told, I’m eager to get back to work after a month of recharging my batteries. While I enjoy working with my students, the work of helping them shape ideas demands a lot of creative energy and I have to take occasional breaks to give that side of my brain a rest.

My January workshop holds a special place in my heart. Students who sign up are extremely motivated–maybe because they’ve made some New Year resolutions?–and it’s always a lot of fun for me to work with writers who are determined to succeed.

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.

See you in January!

Winter hiatus

Written By: dianaburrell - Nov• 22•13

Greetings! Hope you’re having a terrific autumn. After a couple busy months of teaching, I’m taking a break to focus on family and other projects I’ve had on the back burner (including my long overdue book about writing under a pseudonym).

I plan to run the Become an Idea Machine workshop again in January 2014; I’ll announce the start date in a few weeks. Until then, if you’d like to get the heads up via e-mail, drop me a note at dianaburrell at gmail dot com. I will not use your e-mail for any other purpose other than letting you know when the next workshop starts.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and I’ll see you in the new year. :)

Next Become an Idea Machine workshop starts 10/21/13

Written By: dianaburrell - Sep• 16•13

October is a crazy month around here, hot on the heels of the even crazier holiday season! But I’ve figured out a way to squeeze a class in this fall … I’m starting it a little later in the month so I can bypass most of the October nuttiness and finish well before the American Thanksgiving holiday. So mark your schedule for Monday, October 21, 2013 for the next workshop. I typically don’t teach in November or December, so the next time I’ll be offering the workshop is January 2014. Did I just write 2014 … really?

Sign up here.

 

Fall class schedule

Written By: dianaburrell - Jul• 29•13

Greetings! I’ve gotten a fair number of requests to post my fall teaching schedule, so here it is … for September anyway. I’ll be starting my next Become an Idea Machine workshop on Monday, September 9, 2013. My September class fills up quickly — I suppose it’s that need to go back to school we all feel around this time of year! — so if you’re serious about signing up, do so earlier rather than later. I’ll probably run the class again in October and perhaps November before taking a break for the holidays.

You can sign up here. Once you pay through PayPal, you’ll get a message acknowledging your payment and I typically send a personal e-mail within the day. That said, I try to unplug myself from the computer in August so it may take me a little longer to respond to you. Gotta take advantage of the waning days of summer in these parts. :)

Summer class scheduled for July!

Written By: dianaburrell - May• 30•13

Due to some vacation schedule changes and lots of interest from students, I am going to offer my Become an Idea Machine class in July. The class will start on Monday, July 8, 2013 and run for three weeks. I anticipate this class will sell out so sign up as soon as you can as I’m limiting the class to ten students this session.

Hope to see you there!