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, The Wall Street Journal,, Guernica, Mental Floss, Tablet, The Awl and elsewhere.

Courses are held online and require a wordpress account (which is easily set up, and free, before the course begins). There are no set meeting times. Material will be posted on a private blog, and you can read, comment and post when it is convenient for you. Instructors post daily, offer individual feedback, conducts Q&A's with experts, foster community. Participants are encouraged to share their work and comment on what others post.

After you complete a course, you receive access to a market database with editor contact information, pay rates, and first-hand pitching insights for a range of publications. You will also be invited to join a private Facebook group where like-minded course “alums”  share resources, ideas, and experiences.

Fine print: Please note that we cannot offer refunds. If you sign up and can’t take the course after all, we’d be happy to save you a slot in a future class.