Skillshare Class: Turning Your Fandom Into a Writing Career

You may have thought to yourself before, “Gosh, I wish I could do something useful with all this knowledge I have about …” your favorite book, TV show, movie, or pop star. You may have even been joking a little. But it turns out you really can do something with it! For a writing career, it’s often best to have an area of expertise … and here you’ve got one of those, ready-made!

That’s why I created a new Skillshare class, Turning Your Fandom Into a Writing Career.

Fandom is more prevalent than ever, and fandoms are more voracious than ever! There’s a real marketplace for this kind of knowledge. And it’s truly not that crazy to think that this can happen for you. You could become a recognized expert in the object of your fandom — and even turn it into a paid writing career by blogging, writing for publication, or publishing books. Many people have done this, including me. In this course, I will give you a step-by-step plan to do it, from choosing a fandom to focus on to finding the right platform and, finally, writing your first piece.

In this class, we’ll cover six major topics before diving into the final project:

  • Collecting Your Fandoms and Choosing One
  • Researching the Landscape: How to Distinguish Yourself
  • Forms of Fandom Expression: Blogging, Writing for Publication, Social Media, Podcasts, Books
  • Choosing Your Line of Attack: Which Expression is Right for You?
  • Mixing it Up in Stan Culture
  • Becoming a Professional Fan

Hope you’ll join me! It’ll be a lot of fun.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s writing takes readers behind the scenes of major moments in pop culture history and examines the lasting impact that our favorite TV shows, music, and movies have on our society and psyches. She investigates why pop culture matters deeply, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Seinfeld, to Sex and the City and Mean Girls, to Beyoncé, Taylor, and Barbie. She has written eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia, When Women Invented Television, Sex and the City and Us, and So Fetch.

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