Founded in 2011, The Thinking Writer has taught hundreds of professors, freelance writers, and intellectuals how to reach wider audiences.
The mission of The Thinking Writer courses and workshops is to draw back the curtain on the freelancing and editing process, because we believe transparency aids access. It aims to help academics write for the public and improve gender disparity in bylines. It fosters a supportive and challenging community for intellectual and cultural journalists.
Our work succeeds. Previous courses have helped many people receive their first published clips as well as help established freelancers break into new markets, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ScientificAmerican.com, Guernica, Mental Floss, Atlas Obscura, JSTOR Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Pacific Standard and numerous other publications. Our exclusive market database and numerous editor Q&As help participants reach editors directly. Some participants have written and sold their first-ever pitch during the course; some have become full-time freelancers after taking the course. People who have hired us for individual editing have landed trade and academic book contracts. Faculty who have attended our campus sessions have sold ideas developed in workshops to national publications.
Our rates are very affordable, especially given the quality and our track record of success. We do not advertise, as most of our participants find us through word of mouth. Most courses fill up quickly. Take a look around; we hope you will join us.
After you have taken the course, you gain entry into a private Facebook group with all previous attendees of the course–some 200 now. The group shares drafts, asks about markets and editors, promotes their latest clips, and even hosts meet-ups in different cities. It’s a great, sustaining source of community. Also, after you have taken one of our courses, you are eligible to enroll in a second one at a 50% discount.
The Thinking Writer was founded by Anne Trubek, who was a tenured professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College before she went on to freelance writing and founding Belt Publishing, which she currently directs. She has authored The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting and A Skeptic’s Guide To Writers’ House, and edited Writing Material: Readings From Plato to the Digital Age, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, and The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook. She has published scholarly articles, and dozens of essays for national general interest publications. She has served as a freelance editor for University of Chicago Press, Ohio University Press, Scholastic, and numerous individual clients.
Learn more about our courses on How To Pitch and Submit, How To Write A Book Proposal, Individual Editing, and Self-Publishing Services. Go here for testimonials, and here for FAQs. For campus visits or additional questions, please email Anne Trubek at anne dot trubek at gmail dot com.