Nothing inspires me more than working with writers and watching their potential turning into accomplishments. I have been teaching writers since 2001 and I never tire of it.

On any given day, good things happen for my students and for myself.

One writer receives a touching message from a reader about the positive impact of something she wrote.

Another writer breaks into a national parenting publication she has long admired.

I recover a late payment from a publication because I don’t believe in not getting paid for my work, which is why I always get paid.

A Dream Team member finds her writing and publication rhythm after only her second season of participation.

Another writer is reminded that she is allowed to enjoy writing and love her career even if it is work.

Another writer discovers that trying a new essay form can unlock the perfect telling for a story that needed to be told.

A freelancer finds that my article challenge gives her ample ideas for new articles she can write and submit.

An novelist gets her chapters drafted using my 21 Moments challenge.

An emerging author updates her platform and crafts a more compelling bio after taking my Platform Bingo challenge.

Here at my online writing and publishing studio, there are always classes, dream teams, and month-long challenges going on year-round to suit suit writers of every stripe.

I have offerings coming up for May and June to fit every budget and level of experience. Here’s how you can work with me:

Classes Begin In The Middle Of May: Register Now To Participate

Writing & Publishing The Short Stuff: A Six-week Class

  • Starts Wednesday, May 14

60 Ways To Flex Your Content & Prosper In Your Niche: A Six-week Class

  • Starts Thursday, May 15

Discover Your Specialty & Launch Your Platform: A Six-week Class

  • Starts Wednesday, May 14

Challenges Begin May 1st at 12:05 am: Register Now To Participate

The Christina Katz Essay Writing Challenge

The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge

The Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge

The 21 Moments Writing Challenges, Rounds 1 – 5

Platform Bingo, Levels 1 – 3

The only times of year you won’t find teaching and training is during the months of July and December.

I don’t take those months off per se, but I use those times each year to regroup and plan.

If I didn’t, I am not sure I would be able to keep up with myself. And I take a little time off too, of course.

I work hard so my students can get the kinds of results they want, and I work steadily on my own career at the same time.

If I have learned anything over the past 13 years, it’s that success breeds success. If you want to be a solid success, learn from those who have solid success.

Hope to work with you in May!

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Click here to learn more about The Writer's Workout.

In my latest full-length book, The Writer’s Workout, I discuss in detail how every writer must produce his or her own career.

I took that concept and I broke it down into increments, 366 to be exact, so that a brand new writer, a young writer, or an inexperienced writer could get a better idea of what might be ahead.

The book is also for experienced writers, who find themselves overwhelmed and wondering what to do next. The premise of the book is that writing is a workout, yes, but also that you can build your writing career on stone, not sand, so you can preserve in the long run and benefit from every asset you offer over time.

We used to live in a world where time was the enemy of writers, and writers paid a huge price for this. Look at an F. Scott Fitzgerald or an Ernest Hemingway. The pressure on them was to hurry up and be brilliant or die, and like many writers they were often torn between the two.

We often blame the weak constitution of writers for their frailties without looking at the bigger, unforgiving corporate system that is beating the creative drum at an impossible pace. Today, we hear writers talk about this more openly. We have magazines like Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin’s Scratch magazine. We have authors who are brave enough to transparently share their truths, so we can all be smarter for it, like Joe Konrath or Amanda Hocking. We have writers like me who are determined to teach writers how to successfully partner with others without all the self-sacrifice and personal losses for professional gain, while coaching writers to keep more of their profits from their hard work in the long run.

But what we still don’t have is a more humanistic publishing industry and this is ultimately the problem. Until we have a publishing industry that actually partners with authors instead of leveraging them, I don’t expect good things to happen in the industry.

At this point, writers are expecting to be treated like human beings not commodities and I think it’s okay with most of us if anyone who doesn’t treat us this way goes away.

I believe we have now reached a tipping point, where there are enough good, helpful, caring people out there making legitimately good things happen for writers that it should no longer be necessary for writers to sacrifice their souls to get ahead.

The tools are available today to build something solid from the get-go. I teach writers how to do this every day and the rewards for this positive, constructive  seeding are probably going to be much, much bigger than I can even possibly imagine.

I am good with that. I am happy with the idea that all of my hard work today is going to pay off big time tomorrow for myself and my students. We are not in a rush. We are building slowly, surely, and wisely.

For all of those, who are on the verge of “paying your dues,” or “doing what you have to do to get a ahead,” or who feel so desperate that you would enter into agreements you might not otherwise make. Take pause.

And then don’t do it. Don’t do any of it. You don’t have to anymore.

Read The Writer’s Workout instead. It will give you 366 better ideas.

And at this crucial juncture in publishing history, we need as many better ideas as we can get.

And if you have been slowly building over the years despite the pressure to do more faster, then congratulations. Your time is coming. And it’s almost here.

Having a platform means that every writers is a multi-media company. And if you are treating yourself and your work as less powerful than this, then you may need an attitude adjustment.

Last time I checked, large, profitable multi-media companies were not born overnight. So grow yours slowly over time, and then hopefully, you too can become part of the positive, constructive movement that treats writers like human beings, instead of like commodities.

If you work hard on your career and your platform, someday you will be a professional force to be reckoned with, and you can’t be afraid of your own professional power. You have to go for it.

So go ahead and go for it! Slowly, wisely, and consciously. You will thank me later.

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I had a very good month with my regional parenting magazine publications. Of course, this did not happen overnight. It represents years of building up a supply of spring articles and then professionally pitching them to regional parenting publication editors.

If you are interested in learning how to do this, I can help! I have a book on the topic that is available in all digital formats including PDF, Write For Regional Parenting Publications For Fun & Profit. I wrote a great book for writing moms called, Writer Mama, How To Raise A Writing Career Alongside Your Kids for Writer’s Digest Books. And I have been teaching mom writers how to write for publication since 2001. Today I heard that one of the class alums is published in a national magazine, another received a bite from an editor on an article she submitted today, and I just sent a couple invoices for pieces I sold in the past 24 hours as well.

If you want to learn how to write better so you can get published, I hope you will check out my spring Writing & Publishing The Short Stuff Class that begins on Wednesday, May 14th.

For those of you who have taken WPSS and want to put what you have learned into action, check out my 60 Ways To Flex Your Content & Prosper In Your Niche. Please let me know if you have any questions about classes.

And now, without further ado, here are some of my April articles:

Oh Yes You Can, A One-day Spring Cleaning Plan LINK

Ten Tidy Reasons To Get Cleaning Help LINK

Upcycled Easter Activiites To Enjoy With Your Kids LINK

So Happy To See You, Why Pet Ownership Is Ultimately Good For Kids LINK

Raising Global Citizens, Eleven Ways To Remind Kids We All Share Planet Earth LINK

Give Dance A Chance, 10 Reasons To Try Consistent Classes LINK

8 Steps To More You Time, How To Get Pre-kid Pleasures Back Into Your Life LINK

Stress Less, Party More: 40 Birthday Fun Zones Away From Home LINK

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I have been rolling out new monthly challenges on a regular basis since January 2013, and I understand that it may be hard to keep up with all of them and to keep them all straight, even after you have tried some.

This is one of the reasons I always ask my husband to create badges for me every time I create a new challenge or series of challenges. You will see these badges on the information and registration pages.

But it may still be hard to keep track of all of these challenges because there are quite a few of them already. Therefore I have created this summary list of all my challenges so far.

Today is the last day to sign up for April challenges. I will run new challenges in May and June, then take July off and start back up in August. I’ve put future challenges under “Coming Soon!” They start in May and June.

These Are Now Running—Today Is The Last Day To Register!

21 Moments Writing Challenges

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21 Moments Monthly Writing Challenge: Round One Register

21 Moments Monthly Writing Challenge: Round Two Register

21 Moments Monthly Writing Challenge: Round Three Register

21 Moments Monthly Writing Challenge: Round Four Register

21 Moments Monthly Writing Challenge: Round Five Register

Freelance Writing Challenges

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The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge Register

The Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge Register

Platform Bingo Challenges

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Platform Bingo With Christina Katz: Level One Register

Platform Bingo With Christina Katz: Level Two Register

Platform Bingo With Christina Katz: Level Three Register

Coming Soon! Register Before Start Date

Essay Writing Challenge — Starts May 1st! Register

Article Writing Challenge, Level 2 — Starts June 1st! Registration page coming soon!

Platform Bingo 1A: Guided Tour Of A Successful Platform — Starts June 1st! Registration page coming soon!

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Identity Shift In This Blog: Did You Notice?

March 31, 2014

I shifted my professional identity a few weeks ago, did you notice?
I was “The Prosperous Writer,” and now I am “The Christina Katz Writing & Publishing Studio.”
The Prosperous Writer still exists as the name of my monthly newsletter (you can subscribe here if you would like to stay in touch). But the bottom line is [...]

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Stop Making Rookie Grammar & Punctuation Mistakes For Good!

March 27, 2014

One of the biggest fears publishing writers have is making the kinds of mistakes that flag them as “rookies” in the eyes of editors.
If you have ever had this concern, you can benefit from a 20-day crash course in grammar & punctuation from a person who has been editing writers’ work for 13 years.
This is [...]

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Friday Inspiration: Brené Brown Talk, Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

March 21, 2014

Writers often talk about critics and how to handle them. I found myself nodding along with this talk by Brené Brown, so I thought I’d share it for a little Friday inspiration. Enjoy!

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Is Your Creativity “Frozen”? Maybe Disney Can Help…

March 20, 2014

I just want to give a quick shout out for the DVD release of Frozen by Walt Disney Studios.

Any woman who has ever felt that her creativity is a threat or a danger to the status quo will probably find much to identify with in this film.
Most of the young girls admire Anna in this [...]

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March Regional Parenting Articles By Christina Katz

March 18, 2014

Here are some of my recent spring-theme articles.
I was especially pleased to place my article on Bulimia prevention in Portland Family magazine because this is such an important topic. Please share it!
Searching For Signs Of Bulimia
Oh Yes You Can! A One-day Spring Cleaning Plan From Start To Finish
Relaxed, Refreshed & Ready For Anything: Mini-Getaways For [...]

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My Most Popular Class Begins Tomorrow: Register Now!

March 18, 2014

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing articles for publication?
Have you always enjoyed personal experience writing?
Do you want to learn basic journalism skills and have fun doing it?
Then, why not register for Writing & Publishing The Short Stuff? This class starts tomorrow!
Here’s what some of my recent students have had to say [...]

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