Writing 201, which starts next Monday, July 21st, will help bloggers develop their storytelling and self-editing skills.
Attention, Writers: The Next Blogging U. Challenge Is Here
Last month, more than 4,000 bloggers joined us for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, where they challenged themselves to carve out time to write regularly, and to experiment with new forms and styles. The result? Thousands of posts, comments, and follows, and countless new friendships.
We’re excited to announce Blogging U.’s next offering, which begins next Monday, July 21st. Writing 201: Finding Your Story will invite participants to take their craft to the next level by focusing on more advanced storytelling and self-editing tools, from finding the right angle from which to narrate your story, to coming up with strong opening sentences.
Good writing is essentially rewriting.
— Roald Dahl
Writing 201 is a self-directed course on the art of revision: four weeks dedicated to self-editing and rewriting, looking at our work with a magnifying glass, and improving it. If you have existing posts that you’d like to work on, expand, or refocus, whether as a result of Writing 101 or not, this course will be ideal for you.
The nitty gritty
Over four weeks, we’ll present four different workshops, each published on a Monday. You’re free to read each workshop at your own pace — absorb it all in one day, or tackle parts of it throughout the week.
There is no assignment or posting requirement at the end of each workshop, but we’ll offer a series of questions and discussions to reflect on every week. In your own time, you’ll experiment with these techniques in the specific pieces you’re working on. You’ll decide how much time and effort you’d like to spend each day.
Just like in Writing 101, you’ll be invited to join the Commons, a private forum for conversation, support, and feedback. Given the emphasis on editing, the Commons is a key component of this course: it will be the space to workshop your material. Workshopping is all about collaborative brainstorming: you’ll offer specific, constructive feedback to others, and they’ll do the same for you.
If you’re a self-motivated blogger and think your writing can benefit from intensive feedback and greater focus, then Writing 201 might just be the perfect next step for your blog and for your craft. You’ll find the signup form (and more details) here.
Really looking forward to this! Missed out on writing 101, I plan to be a part of Writing 201. Thanks!
This is really great on all counts.
So I think I signed up, but it was during the bug. I’m not sure if I’m enrolled.
Looking forward to this greatly!
I was just thinking how my writing needs an “oomph!” Looking forward to participating
I registered, but I haven’t received the e-mail as of yet
Looking forward to this. I believe I have already signed up. :)
This is very timely as I have been developing some good characters lately and I need to work them into a story.
I’ve just signed up, looking forward to this as I couldn’t do the blogging 101 due to exam revisions.
I am Ready sir :D
I hope newbies are accepted! I am eager to unleash my writing skills and learn how to better them. I just began my very first blog within the last week and feel that this course may help get me in the write (ha-ha) direction. (Silly, I know!)
Thanks for the opportunity to really get involved.
I’m so ready for this. All signed up and ready to go!
Just signed up through WordPress, most definitely will be signing up for this!!
Will this be beneficial for someone who write mostly fact based technical articles?
I’ve signed up. I’d like to take my blog to the next level too. Thanks for this opportunity!
Its my first time and i am looking forward to it.
Hi there! I did’nt find out about 101 but i’m definetely going on 201. I have a question though, is it only for people who write in English or Spanish writers are accepted as well?
This is great, I love writing.
I did not know about it — thanks for the post!
how do we sign up? would love to be part of this! need to start blogging more! :-(
What if I am not ready? Do you have something in store for next month?
I still haven’t received my invitation mail. :(
I hope my entry has been received on the other end.
Yes! Thank You!
Thanks Ben for allowing us to write and have the freedom to post. :-)
What a great idea ! I particularly like the idea of the “Commons” shared space and I think it will be very useful for me to grt constructive feedback from the other bloggers.
The Science Geek
I am really looking forward to this and am ready and willing to be vulnerable to any and all comments. See you there!
As a new blogger I could really use some tips on doing the best writing I can.
Woohoo! Can’t wait.
Thanks for having next challenge…. i missed the last 2 weeks of writing101 but this time i’m all ready for posting each weekday
Looking forward to this. Hopefully this isn’t too much of a long shot, but I’m actually a professional editor enrolled to get back in touch with narrative writing. My creative side was steamrolled in university.
Perhaps some of us in the class could set up a prompt exchange or something?
Ben, I’ve already read that there may be a lag in sending out confirmation of acceptance etc. but would love to know I’d been added (I sent my application). Thanks!
Usually how long is the lag between registration and the invitation the the commons? I sent my registration two days ago and I haven’t received anything as of yet.
This is great, can’t wait to get going :)
I am much more in poetry than the disciplines laid out .Do I have room in the event?
i registered very early for Writing 201 (one or two days after announcement, i think) but i still haven’t received any e-mail.
kindly check if i’m in. thank you very much.
i write my blog in Bahasa Indonesia.. is that Ok?
Hey, there’s no more possibility to access the log-in, so to get in through one’s own blog to work. What’s the matter? Is it a bug or what else? Thank you.
Just turned in my form. Really looking forward to this!
I would love to participate
Can u help how to do it as I’m new to it
Looking forward. :)
Looking forward to having a great learning experience.
i am just joining here. And i hope i can improve my writing skill.
Where can I find the Writing 101? I’m new to blogging and I maybe need to start from the beginning.
Thanks ben, I hope it will be educating and interesting as much as possible.