Archive for September, 2008

Guest Post on

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Monica Shaw_s tips on starting an online writing portfolio _

In case you haven’t heard, I’m guest-posting today on, Linda Jones’ incredibly useful blog of tips, inspiration and advice for freelance writers. Linda has been awesome enough to let me share a few of my own tips. Thanks, Linda!

Now go check out the post!

Monica Shaw’s tips on starting an online writing portfolio

Project 10 to the 100th

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Writing is all about generating ideas. Think your ideas could change the world? Then send them to Google by October 20th for a chance to see those ideas come to life. Google is calling for “ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible”. Google calls is “Project 10100” and they’re committing $10 million bucks to making these ideas happen.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Send Google your idea by October 20th.
    Simply fill out the submission form giving them the gist of your idea. You can supplement your proposal with a 30-second video.
  2. Voting on ideas begins on January 27th.
    Google will post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask the public to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas.
  3. Google is committing $10 million to implement these projects, and their goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.


Google’s goal is to set as few rules as possible. However, they ask that you put your idea into one of the following categories and consider the evaluation criteria below.


  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don’t fit into any category at all.


  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?

Writer’s Residence Featured on IJNet

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

The International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) has featured Writer’s Residence on its website in a news article discussing our recent free, one-year membership offering to student journalists.

IJNet’s mission is “to help connect journalists with the opportunities and information they need to better themselves and raise journalism standards in their countries.” We’re grateful that IJNet has featured us amongst its Training Opportunities and thank them for the mention!

Top 10 Blogs for Writers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Michael Stelzner of Writing White Papers has just published his third annual top 10 blogs for writers. Michael chose the winners based on the quality of their content. Writers: add these to your RSS feeds!

  1. Copyblogger: As the undefeated champ, this blog has held the number-one spot for three straight years! The baby of Brian Clark, this blog keeps winning because of its excellent and educational articles.
  2. Men With Pens: James Chartrand and Harry McLeod are the dynamic duo who continue to deliver rich content and community discussion.
  3. Freelance Writing Jobs: Founded by Deb Ng, this site is the first stop for freelance writers seeking new work and great articles (and it remains a top winner since this contest began).
  4. Write to Done: This blog delivers a steady stream of excellent articles for all writers and is the product of top blogger Leo Babauta.
  5. Confident Writing: Looking for encouragement? Joanna Young will help you take your writing to the next level.
  6. The Renegade Writer: Linda Formichelli and Diana Burell, authors of a book by the same name, help freelance journalists find inspiration.
  7. Remarkable Communication: One part writing, one part marketing and one part selling, this excellent blog by Sonia Simone will help any writer succeed.
  8. Writing Journey: Looking for a great stop on your writing journey? Bob Younce’s blog will refresh and energize you.
  9. Freelance Parent: Two moms, Lorna Doone Brewer and Tamara Berry, provide excellent perspective on writing while balancing time with little ones.
  10. Urban Muse: Susan Johnston covers a wide range of excellent topics that all writers will enjoy.

How to Pitch to UK Publications

Friday, September 19th, 2008

UK’s Press Gazette has a whole section of their website devoted to How to Pitch to specific UK publications such as olive, Body and Soul and BBC Focus. The advice comes from people who have intimate knowledge of the publications, such as Gilly Sinclair, the features editor women’s weekly Chat who asks for “Real-life, real-life and more real-life! Once and for all we don’t do celebs! Give us stories that will make us laugh, cry or leave us shocked. Give us pictures that will make us throw up or well up.”