The Thinking Writer offers online courses and private discussion forums for freelance writers. While the courses are open to anyone, the impetus behind them is to help improve the gender disparity in bylines (see VIDA) , help academics and grad students reach wider audiences, and foster community amongst intellectual journalists.
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 Economist.com, The Wall Street Journal, ScientificAmerican.com, Guernica, Mental Floss, Tablet, The Awl and elsewhere. Read what they have to say about their experience.
After you complete a course you receive access to a private Facebook group where "alums" share resources, ideas and a market database.