National Day of Writing at Cairn University

On Thursday I am going to pretend I am an expert on writing and publishing.

October 20th is the National Day of Writing. Cairn University (formerly called Philadelphia Biblical University) is kicking off the festivities early by hosting events on the 18th. Current faculty and alumni will present six different topics during the late afternoon and evening. I am honored to be one of their guest speakers.

I’ll be teaching a one-hour class entitled Out of Academia: Writing and Publishing in the Real World.

I certainly don’t consider myself an expert in publishing, especially with the industry changing so rapidly, but I have learned a LOT in the six years I’ve spent on the fringe of this industry. I’ll be sharing that knowledge and my experiences during the session.

The class will offer a very basic introduction to freelance writing. My intent is to help students bridge the gap between what they do now and what to do outside of academic circles. How does one go from writing dissertations and term papers to publishing in popular magazines or books that appeal to the general public?  What do writers need to know, and what first steps should they take?

If you’re in the area and would like to come, I’d love to see you! Contact me or the university for information.




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