Maybe you feel like a startup writer, just launching the writing life. Or maybe you're re-launching after a long break. Either way, it's easy to feel lost in new technology and terminology and not know where to start.
One thing you can do to empower yourself is to get organized.
With the power of an editorial calendar.
Now, I can't make editorial calendars sexy or fascinating, but I guarantee they will be your workhorse, carrying you through day by day, week by week, nudging and prodding you to make progress and meet your goals. I've seen them transform my work and the work of my clients, and I want to pass on their power to you.
I firmly believe that this humble productivity tool will unlock your potential and make you more motivated, effective, and professional.
This course is for you if...
...you’re a beginning or startup writer who wants help organizing your schedule, ideas, and content to get your work in motion.
...you’re an experienced writer, but you've never stuck with a calendar and need to adjust or readjust your current system.
...you’re a frustrated writer struggling to meet deadlines.
...you’re ready to take your work seriously.
...you need more accountability.
This course walks through identifying stages and deadlines for projects, then transferring them to a calendar of your choosing.
Module 1: The Basics
In this first module, you’ll find out what an editorial calendar is and how it can be one of the most powerful tools in your writer’s toolkit. I’ll highlight the kind of content you can put on one and summarize the various calendar options available to you.
Lecture 1: What's an Editorial Calendar (and How Can It Unlock My Potential?)
Lecture 2: What Do I Put on an Editorial Calendar?
Lecture 3: The Options - An Overview of Editorial Calendars
Module 2: The Plan
The heart of this course is Module 2, where I’ll walk you through how to plan and organize your content, from brainstorming to scheduling. You’ll develop a content plan suited to your goals that reflects a pace you can sustain, in a system that makes the most sense for you and your lifestyle.
Lecture 1: What's Due When?
Lecture 2: Reverse Engineer Your Editorial Calendar
Lecture 3: Social Media Scheduling
Lecture 4: Put It All Together
Module 3: Simple Setup Guides
I’ve created demos for setting up the various systems. Peek at all of them so you can see each system in action as I show you how to set up your content using that particular program.
Lecture 1: Choose Your Tool
Lecture 2: Printed Calendar
Lecture 3: Google Calendar
Lecture 4: Bullet Journal
Lecture 5: Trello
Lecture 6: Evernote
Lecture 7: Spreadsheet
Lecture 8: CoSchedule
Lecture 9: WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin
Module 4: Maintenance Mode - Keep Content Flowing
In Module 4, I’ll help you set up for long-term success with a one-month and three-month challenge.
Lecture 1: One-Month Challenge
Bonus: To encourage you to maintain your editorial calendar, the One-Month Challenge comes up with the option to sign up to receive daily email nudges from your course instructor...so you don't feel like you're on your own after you set up your system.
Lecture 2: Three-Month Challenge
Bonus: The Three-Month Challenge comes up with the option to sign up to receive weekly email nudges from your course instructor...a continuation of support following the One-Month Challenge, as you solidify the habit of using and maintaining your editorial calendar.
When you organize your writing projects, you add purpose and urgency your writing sessions—you establish habits of a professional.
It'll change the way you work.
And I'll be with you, walking you through, step by step.
The Organized Writer: Tap into the Power of an Editorial Calendar
Writing Coach Ann Kroeker leverages over 25 years of writing and editing experience in the publishing industry to equip her clients to reach their writing goals. A published author and coauthor, corporate and freelance writer, book editor, speaker, and poet, Ann has served on the editorial teams of two large online organizations and focuses on serving others in her role as a writing coach.
In her role as a writing coach, she celebrates client successes, such as acceptance into prestigious MFA programs, signed agent and book contracts, articles and essays placed in national publications, and the launch of their own freelance writing businesses. She coauthored On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts, and authored Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families and The Contemplative Mom.