If you’ve already read About Project Ed (which I hope you did!) and still don’t get much of it, that’s totally fine.
Here’s a clearer picture.
Project Ed (Ed is short for “Editor”) is basically a series of one-on-one coaching sessions conducted mostly via email, social media, and (hopefully) at least one in-person meeting.
Joining Project Ed as a mentee would be like having a personal editor, someone who will give no-nonsense feedback on news articles, feature articles, news feature articles, and even personal essays.
The feedback will be focused more on style than substance. (This is NOT to say that one is more important than the other, of course! It’s just that the content is yours to decide.) Hence, I’ll be giving tips on structure, advanced grammar, word choice, and everything else that can elevate your work and make it publishable.
Project Ed is NOT about
- doing your assignment, research, or academic paper for you
- Don’t even get me started on this.
- teaching you from level zero how to write news, feature, or news feature articles
- You have your professors—or if you’re not studying journalism, e-courses—to do that for you. (Although if there will be people willing enough to join this project and teach those in detail, that would be awesome!)
- rewriting your article for you
- I will be there to provide comments, but the work of rewriting and rewriting and rewriting will be yours to execute. Remember, a huge part of learning how to write better is learning how to rephrase better, and that’s done by constant practice of reshuffling words and phrases until the work looks decent enough for submission.
BUT just in case you have questions on news writing, feature writing, news feature writing, or writing in general, I’ll be more than willing to help bridge the gap and take you in the right direction 🙂
Now, Project Ed is definitely for you if
- you are a college freshman, sophomore, or junior with an interest in journalistic writing, or even blogging
- you are NOT in a publication and you don’t have access to an editor or mentor
- you genuinely want to improve your writing
- you are actually trying but you don’t know how to go further without someone’s guidance
Project Ed is NOT for you if
- you don’t respect deadlines
- you can’t take constructive criticisms
- you don’t actually feel excited about the coaching process even after reading this post
- you think it’s “just another workshop where I will just be taught what I already know” or it’s “just another course with boring modules and stuff“
Well, let me stop you right there.
The wonderful thing about Project Ed is that it’s not a workshop, course, tutorial nor class that just churns out lectures and leaves you overwhelmed with information. No.
Project Ed is meant to foster an intimate editor-to-writer relationship where the mentee’s strengths and weaknesses are identified by the mentor prior to the actual coaching process. I want to know exactly where you are in your writing journey, what else needs fixing, and where you want to be headed so I can provide sufficient feedback targeted specifically to your needs.
If that’s not what you need right now, that’s fine. Come back when you’re ready 🙂
But if you’re the kind of person who is novaturient *wink wink* and is always ready to take the challenge—all for the sake of self-growth—then you’re in the right place and I’d love to meet you!
Oh, wait. Just a disclaimer before we proceed.
I cannot stress this enough: I am in no way claiming to be an expert in any of the topics previously mentioned. I only intend to share whatever I learned in years of being a Journalism student, a local publication editor, and an adult striving to be better at work and in everything else she does 🙂
If you’re doubting my credentials, that’s alright. I do, too. (I honestly think we all have to doubt our skills every now and then so we’ll never settle for complacency.)
And if it helps quiet your fear that this will be just a waste of time, please feel free to navigate through the site (everything’s here, including my professional profile) and see for yourself if I am even worthy to teach you. Seriously, it could be the other way around! 🙂
Now, if you’re okay with everything, then you’re ready for the best part.
Project Ed is—wait for it—totally free! (Cool, huh?)
To enroll as a mentee, fill out the sign-up form below. For inquiries, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.