Free Webinar Series


Welcome to the home of The Writer‘s free webinar series!

Come spend an hour with us as we cover every aspect of the writing life in real time, from writing to revision to publishing – all taught by leading experts in the field and hosted by The Writer’s editorial staff.



Our most recent webinar:

How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

Presented by contributing editor Melissa Hart

All of us have a story to tell. But did you know there are hundreds of magazines and newspapers willing to publish and pay for those stories? In this webinar, you’ll learn the “hows” and the “whys” of essays that sell, from craft to revision to pitching the final product. We’ll cover:

  • The three questions editors ask when reading your essay pitch
  • Where professional essayists get their ideas
  • Key elements of successful and surprising essays
  • Crafting the perfect nonfiction scene
  • Revision strategies to adopt before you hit “send”
  • A list of publications that publish essays


What past attendees are saying: 

  • “I fully enjoyed hearing Melissa’s sage advise and learned more than I anticipated…Keep up the great work. Fledgling writers like myself need all the apt info you can offer us. Moreover, we need and relish your encouragement.” -Sharon H.
  • “It means a lot to tap into FREE resources like this that serve not only as sources of inspiration but give a little push to keep me going.   I’ve thought about trying essay writing because of the flexibility it might afford me in terms of my “medical adventures” and was impressed at how much info Melissa Hart managed to fit into a short webinar.”  -Laura F.
  • “I really enjoyed the webinar. And appreciate the fact that it was concise, to the point and not too long as many webinars are.” -Jacqueline S.
  • “Wow, this was great. Ms. Hart was personable and inspirational. Thank you so much.” – Barbara S.
  • “This webinar was well done all around, from the first notice of the webinar right through reminders and then the webinar itself. Very well done. Thank you.” – Judy R.
  • “I am at the beginning stages of writing for profit, as in getting paid for my articles, research, and ideas.  I truly enjoyed this webinar and learned a great deal.  Thank you!” – Peggy T.
  • “I thought this was absolutely marvelous. It was like attending class at home.” – Cat R.
  •  “This webinar exceeded my expectations for presentation and content, I have no idea how it could have been better.” – Pat H.



About our presenter:

Melissa HartMelissa Hart’s personal essays have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Hemispheres, Woman’s Day, The Advocate, The Normal School, Orion, and Brain, Child. She’s the author of two memoirs and the new YA novel, Avenging the Owl. Website:




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Webinar - How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

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