I’m giving away my writing course.

thThis time last year I tried something completely different: creating an online course. It turned out to be an education for me as well as for those I hoped to teach. (In a good way.)

To celebrate the first anniversary of Write A Blog People Will Read, I’ve decided to give away a copy.

You may be thinking, “But I don’t have a blog, so why would I care?” However, the course will help you become a better writer in general – even if all you do is an annual Christmas letter.


Writing clear and compelling sentences can help you on the job, at volunteer positions and even in your personal journal. Learning to get what’s in your head and your heart onto paper, even virtual paper, is rewarding.

As I noted in the article above, a journal can be a safety valve, an historical document or an intimate friend. It’s a place to revisit six months after the Big Breakup or five years after your child is born, to see where you were then and how far you’ve come since.

And if you’re planning to start a blog* or already have one? This course was made for you, quite literally. It will improve your game or get you started with a bang.


‘Craft an irresistible tale’

Don’t take my word for it, though. Here’s what some others have to say about WABPWR:

“If you want to be a writer, take this course. (Donna) knows how to tell a story. She also knows about reporting, interviewing, generating ideas, developing a voice, organizing your time, and balancing your day job with your personal passion. ‘Write A Blog People Will Read’ can teach you how to craft an irresistible tale and also offers valuable info on how to create a writing life that meshes with your real one.“ (Liz Weston, AskLizWeston.com)

“Don’t waste your time creating the wrong type of content. (Donna) goes the extra mile to teach you exactly how to create engaging content that is going to keep your readers coming back. As a bonus, she provides some solid strategies for sticking with it. New and experienced bloggers can both benefit from Donna’s advice.” (Phil Taylor, PT Money and founder, Financial Blogger Conference)

“Donna Freedman is one of the best writers in the blogosphere, and a great measure of Wise Bread’s success is due to her tutelage and insight. Her wonderful writing course offers unique tips for bloggers in every genre. ‘Write A Blog People Will Read’ is required reading for anyone interested in taking their blogging to the next level.” (Will Chen, WiseBread.com/Killer Aces Media)

“One of the most challenging parts of blogging is coming up with fresh ways to share ideas with readers. Donna’s inspiring tips for projecting personality – while maintaining professionalism – are tools that bloggers at all levels can use every day. (Unlike) many other ‘experts’ with courses, she has years of success in an ever-changing industry with which to teach others. Learning to adapt is key, and Donna embraces change while never compromising on her values.” (Linsey Knerl, Knerl Family Media)

This is a go-as-you-please course, incidentally. Rather than be held to a specific schedule, you just sign on whenever you like and do as much work as you like.

Read one lesson or three, do one assignment or none, depending on how you’re feeling that day. Bonus: The “homework” generally results in something you can publish on your blog that day.


Making sense of the world

Writing well at work gets you noticed. Writing well at home, either on a blog or in a diary no one else will ever see (you hope!), helps you make sense of the world and your place in it. My online course will get you there.

And if you don’t win? Use this link to get a 25 percent discount on Write A Blog People Will Read. Since I started a writing coach business at the same time, I’m offering a 25 percent discount on that, too.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline to enter is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, March 23, I’ll have the random number generator pull a new name.

*Thinking of a launch but not sure how to go about it? Talk to my web guru, Grayson Bell, who will set up a WordPress blog for you for free.

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  1. I’m subscribed via Feedly. Will that qualify as an entry?

  2. I’ve always wanted to write a blog, but wasn’t sure how to do it. I would love to win this!

  3. I would LOVE to win!

  4. I follow you on Twitter,

  5. And on Facebook.

  6. Susanne Nielsen

    Yay! Thank you. 😀

  7. Tammy Littlejohn

    I have admired your writing for several years. I’ve started freelancing. I would love to win this and better my writing.

  8. Susanne Nielsen

    And I subscribe through RSS feed. 😀

  9. Of course I want to win!

  10. Tanya O

    This is so timely for me. I have started planning to start a blog.

  11. Tanya O

    I don’t use feedburner, but I do follow you through Feedly

  12. Tanya O

    I just signed up for your weekly newsletter.

  13. Tanya O

    And I just now started following you on Twitter (I’m melaylao on twitter)

  14. Cathy in NJ

    A writing course would be great.

  15. Following you on Facebook.

  16. Do want!

  17. I’d like to win

  18. Add me to the list!

  19. I am subscribed to the Write a Blog emails as well…

  20. AND to your Facebook…

  21. Cindy Brooks

    I’d love to win your book!

  22. Cindy Brooks

    e-mail subscriber

  23. Cindy Brooks

    feedburner subscriber

  24. Cindy Brooks

    following on twitter: someluckydog

  25. Cindy Brooks

    following on facebook

  26. Cindy Brooks

    weekly newsletter subscriber

  27. Caroline Kipps

    Super! Email subscriber.

  28. Following on email.

  29. Following on Facebook.

  30. Following via Abby.

  31. Via E-Mail

  32. I would love to win! I hope to do some post-retirement freelance writing-but I need someone to help me expand beyond my lawyerly writing style.

  33. I subscribe via Feedly

  34. I follow you on Facebook.

  35. I don’t know that I want/need to be published but developing new skills is a great opportunity. Been reading your blog for a couple of years and really enjoy your thoughts.

  36. Kimberly

    I would love this. Considering a blog in my future.

  37. Lenes Stoute

    Sounds like just the course for me.

  38. Patty Straub Simone

    Liked and Following you on Facebook.

  39. I would love to start a blog. I pin everything I find on the subject I am just not sure my writing is good enough. Your course would be wonderful.

  40. I follow you on Facebook.

  41. I subscribe via email.

  42. Yes please!

  43. I really want to win this to give it to my daughter!

  44. Cakester

    I’ve wanted to get your course several times since you made it, but I couldn’t afford it! I would love to win this.

  45. Cakester

    I also subscribe to the write a blog people will read newsletter.

  46. Love your blog – would love to win this.

  47. Make Do Mom

    Definitely could use your guidance, Donna.

  48. Satsuki

    I would love to learn how to be a better writer. I hope I win this very generous offer.

  49. Sounds like an awesome challenge!

  50. What a great giveaway, Thanks.

  51. Follow via email

  52. Barbara Mattoon

    O’m subscribed via email.

  53. Barbara Mattoon

    I follow you on Facebook

  54. Michelle

    Following on facebook and feedly.

  55. Virginia

    Hello, I subscribe via feedly and have followed you for years. I would love to win this prize and improve my writing.

  56. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one, thanks.

  57. I’d love to win.

  58. Melissa

    I would love to be entered too. Happy 1 year Anniversary to your blog course and congrats to you! Take care.

  59. Melissa

    I follow on twitter

  60. Althea Farthing

    I would be tickled to win!

  61. Best giveaway you’ve done to date! I would love to get the chance to do this. 🙂

  62. Every time I visit your site I learn something new- finance, writing, life, or otherwise. I am subscribed to your newsletter and appreciate it.

  63. I would love to win this! Thanks for your generosity.

  64. Thanks for offering this chance to take your course for free.

  65. Stephanie

    I have thought about doing something like this for a long time but never knew where to begin. This giveaway sounds great! Thanks!

  66. Susan Meeks

    This would be great!

  67. Beverly T

    Signed up for your newsletter

  68. Beverly T

    Would love to take your course. Thanks.

  69. Elle Jeckert

    I would love to be able to give this course to my daughter!

  70. Elle Jeckert

    I follow you on Twitter (@BettyJ30)

  71. Elle Jeckert

    I am an email subscriber for Surviving and Thriving!

  72. Elle Jeckert

    I am a subscriber to your WABPWR too!

  73. I could use it! Thanks!!

  74. Thanks for this offer, Donna. Count me in.

  75. this is my comment~! 🙂

  76. Subscribed via Twitter. This is my twitter: https://twitter.com/jdonovanart

  77. This is my comment, so basically I’ve done all 4.

    On the first comment when I say I’ve subscribed via email I meant that I subscribed via email for the Donna Freedman website and I’m also subscribed on the newsletter for writeablogpeoplewillread.com/blog

    Thanks! ^_^

  78. I would love to win this course! It sounds fabulous!


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