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Christina Katz Freelance Article Writing Challenge For Parenting WritersIf you would like to improve the way you think about brainstorming parenting articles, structure pieces that are more likely to sell, and come up with many ideas that are sure to dazzle editors, then you need to register for The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge.

In this daily challenge, I will share 20 of my successful parenting articles and explain what makes them work, while encouraging you to come up with your own ideas in your own formats, so you can better serve editors with your desire to write.

Christina Katz is a true coach. Not only does she teach, she trains. To me, that means she is willing to serve and invest in her students without being threatened by sharing her methods. She wants her students to succeed. The Article Writing Challenge helped tighten the mechanics of article writing and simultaneously produced creativity and inspiration. ~ Kathy Moulton

Christina’s Article Writing Challenge was an energizing way to help me amp up my article idea machine. Better yet, it motivated me to capture those ideas floating around in my head and get them down on paper before they were lost forever. And, that means I’m one step closer to getting them sold! ~ Christa Melnyk Hines

This challenge provided a much-needed energy boost for me. I was feeling stuck for ideas, and getting too focused on a few, but after reading the samples and completing the exercises, I have a list of ideas that I can turn into articles I know will sell. This was a perfect challenge to jump-start my spring writing, and get me back in the Regional Parenting Publication swing. I’m so excited to get writing now that I have a lot of different ideas and structures to play with. ~ Beth Fornauf

For me, the class got my creative juices to overflow. While completing the exercises I had so many ideas that I had to keep a separate pad of paper for future article ideas. I came a way with 3x as many articles as days in the challenge. I can’t wait to get started writing them.
because of the different types of articles my new article ideas will open me up to writing for new and different publications, which will provide significant  growth in my writing and audience  ~ Maureen Schuster

If you’d like a folder full of ideas and 20 new articles outlined in that many days, take Christina’s Article Writing Challenge. ~ Lisa Seplak

Register now for The Christina Katz Article Writing Challenge.

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Wild By Cheryl Strayed on InstagramBreaking Reviews From The Telluride Film Festival For Cheryl Strayed’s Memoir-turned-movie, Wild

Technically it’s Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild.

But let’s not be too picky. There would be no Wild, The Movie, without Cheryl Strayed’s book coming first.

But have no doubts that I love you, Reese Witherspoon, for making this book into a movie. ‘Cuz I do.

And I want to see you guys both crush it, and make it to the Oscars!

So I’m posting what I consider the best reviews from The Telluride 2014 Film Festival here.

Yes, yes, the reviewers get to be the judges.

But guess what? We then, get to judge the reviews.

You know me, always doing my part!

 

Champion More Production Companies Like Reese Witherspoon’s

What would going to the movies be like for women and girls if we had more female producers like Reese Witherspoon?

“But about three years ago, when my producing partner and I started our company, we had a purpose: We wanted to bring forward more female characters in film and have more interesting, dynamic parts for women. There’s a clarity to our work, which is great.” @RWitherspoon

Read the interview at Vulture.com:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/how-wild-saved-a-reese-witherspoon.html?mid=twitter_vulture

 

The Best Of The Wild Reviews From Telluride

Here’s the first one I found after the premiere and it’s a winner!

Deadline Hollywood review of Wild by Pete Hammond

“What better place to premiere a movie about a woman walking through the wilderness than Telluride? This film is about me, which is very strange. But when I was writing the book, one of the things I thought all along the way was that it really isn’t about me. I always wanted to write a story about this journey that was about all of us. And I am just so honored by the film that Jean -Marc made because it really does honor that vision.” ~ Cheryl Strayed via @deadlinepete

http://deadline.com/2014/08/wild-world-premiere-reese-witherspoon-movie-telluride-film-festival-826952/

This one was first, as far as I could tell. Go, Pete!

 

The second review I found had too many spoilers for folks who have not read the book and was kind of begrudging, so I’m not posting it here.

To that reviewer I would simply say, “A bunch of spoilers does not a good review make.”

In other words, “Go ahead and give away all of the best parts of the movie, why dontcha?”

 

The Hollywood Reporter review of Wild by Stephen Farber gets third place in timing, but is still a really well-written review.

“The profound precariousness of all her life’s journeys is what makes her hard-won victory so stirring.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/wild-telluride-review-729047

Thank you, Stephen!

 

HitFix.com review of Wild by Gregory Ellwood.

“Witherspoon is so good many will argue this is the best performance of her career.” @HitFixGregory

http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/review-reese-witherspoon-goes-for-it-all-in-wild

Awesome review. Thanks, Gregory!

 

Here’s the fifth review I found by Tim Gray at Variety.

As one industry vet said, “The man next to me was copiously sobbing. But you know what’s going to make this film a hit: women.” @timgray_variety

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/telluride-wild-premieres-to-oscar-buzz-for-reese-witherspoon-1201294361/

 

Another Variety review by Justin Chang

“…a ruggedly beautiful and emotionally resonant saga of perseverance and self-discovery that represents a fine addition to the recent bumper crop of bigscreen survival stories.” @JustinCChang

http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/telluride-film-review-reese-witherspoon-in-wild-1201294437/

 

Sadly, I did not think the first review I found by a woman writer was worth reading so it is not include here. It was more a recap of the early hours of the festival with the review of Wild tacked on in a rather non-energetic manner. I noted that this review appeared in a blog of the publication that ran the other review that I thought was not worth reading.

Are there really no headlining female movie reviewers? But if so, this is just sick and wrong and systematic of a studio system that is not serving women viewers.

 

Eric D. Snider of Complex gives Wild four and a half stars

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2014/08/wild-review

Without being anything like a screed or manifesto, Wild comes across as an empowering, emotional tale about a woman taking control of her downward-spiraling life. Many of her experiences are unique to womanhood, and some may only apply to Cheryl Strayed specifically. But there’s also a universality to it, a sense that anyone, male or female, could find inspiration in Cheryl’s it’s-the-journey-not-the-destination story. 

 

Is Wild, the movie only going to please women, as some have said. Well, I don’t know. An awful lot of these positive reviews are from men. And then there are brand new fans like this one…

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More to come! Keep refreshing this page to see more as the days wear on.

Wild Resources:

Wild’s Wikipedia Page (film): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_%28film%29

Wild’s Wikipedia Page (memoir): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild:_From_Lost_to_Found_on_the_Pacific_Crest_Trail

Cheryl Strayed’s Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s Website: http://www.cherylstrayed.com/

Cheryl Strayed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylStrayed

An awesome interview with Cheryl Strayed with Manjula Martin in Jane Friedman & Manjula Martin’s magazine for writers, Scratch Magazine

Purchase Wild on Amazon

 

 

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My freelance challenges, which have been so helpful to so many of my former students, begin again on Monday!

You do not have to be a former student to benefit. I can tell you who would appreciate them…

Anyone who is looking to become a more facile and joyful parenting article writer should take my Article Writing Challenge.

Christina Katz Freelance Article Writing Challenge For Parenting Writers

Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful rewriter and polisher of their own words should take my Grammar & Punctuation Challenge.

Christina Katz Grammar & Punctuation Challenge

Anyone who is looking to become a more thoughtful parenting essay writer should take my Essay Writing Challenge.

Christina Katz Essay Writing Challenge

You can learn more about all of the challenges and register here or by clicking on the badges above.

The two things folks appreciate most about these challenges are:

How easy they are to fit into a busy day — because you get one e-mail assignment a day.

How inexpensive the challenges are — because you get 20 days of learning from a veteran freelancer for only $20.

It’s back to school time for the kids, and it’s also back to school time for writer moms. You’ll benefit greatly from these little booster rockets in your inbox every day. So what are you waiting for? Register now for the Freelance Writing Challenge that sounds right for you!

Hope you can join us!

 

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My Most Popular Pinterest Quote Is Now A Downloadable Poster On Etsy!

August 26, 2014

At the end of the year last year, I started playing around with turning the things I often say into Pinterest quotes. These might be quotes from my books or paraphrasing of things I find myself saying over and over to my students. It even got to the point where I would say something helpful […]

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Need Exercise Accountablity? Writers On The Move Is Now A Closed Group

August 25, 2014

Well, you asked for it, so I did it. Some of the members of Writers On The Move expressed interest in making the Facebook Group a closed group rather than a public group. I could not see a reason not to do so, so I did it. (See the differences between public and closed groups […]

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Check Out Blind By Rachel DeWoskin, Cheryl Strayed Loves It!

August 22, 2014

We had a lovely time visiting Cheryl Strayed’s home in Portland on Wednesday, where she hosted a book launch party for award-winning author, Rachel DeWoskin. Rachel is on tour for her latest novel, Blind, and we were lucky enough to get to hear her speak about her process and what it’s like to write a […]

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Time To Update 277 Movies About Writers & The Writing Life

August 19, 2014

But it looks like I did not post last year’s version in the blog, so here it is. Now I’m looking for the 2013-2014 writer and writing life movies. Feel free to chime in here if you have any ideas! Thanks for supporting all of our hard work! Selection parameters: A main character in the […]

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Ready To Write Parenting Articles? I’m Always Ready Too

August 19, 2014

I have been writing parenting articles for RPP magazines for over a decade. Writing regional parenting articles is a part of my business that never gets old for me. I skipped out on posting my summer articles over the break. But if you were looking for them, you can find them posted here on my […]

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6-Week Classes With Christina Katz Begin August 20th & 21st

August 15, 2014

It’s officially back-to-school time around here! Whether you are already back, going back soon, or going back just after Labor Day, it’s already hard to think about anything else if you are a parent. This is why I always align my six-week classes with back-to-school time. Because it’s hard for mom writers to concentrate on […]

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