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David’s Writing & Publishing Seminar

Since publishing his first article in Boy’s Life at 16, David has written and published more than 700 articles, authored five traditional books, nine digital books, and has been been an editor for more than 25 years. He’s often asked to speak on writing, getting published, and the writing business in general. His book, Where Have All The Emails Gone?, was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters.

The seminar

David’s Writing & Publishing Seminar consists of a series of interconnected modules that can be configured for a wide variety of requirements from webinars to university and extension courses to individual speeches. Some of his most popular modules include:

Writer’s discipline

Many writers have a problem maintaining discipline. With more than 25 years experience motivating artists, programmers, and writers, David’s session is an inspiring discussion with tips for getting started and staying motivated.

Writer’s Q&A

Whenever you get a group of writers together, especially aspiring writers, questions abound. This session is an opportunity for writers to interact with someone who’s been on both sides of the writer’s market. The bulk of the session is made up of attendee questions, which David will answer and discuss. As with his other sessions, David will often bring other editors from his publishing company to the session to provide additional perspectives.

Writing for magazines

A great way to build a writing career is to write for magazines. As founder and Editor-in-Chief of several popular magazines, David can help you understand how magazines work, the publishing process, and how best to prepare your articles for publication. In addition, he can help you understand the daily life of an editor, so you can get an insider’s perspective of what happens to your article after it has been submitted.

Getting published in technical magazines

In this multi-session course module, you learn how to plan, propose, pitch, write, and submit articles to technical magazines. By the end of this course you will have proposed and written a technical article, submitted it for publication, and had it published under your name in one of five online technical magazines with readerships ranging from 70,000 to 300,000 readers. A great resume builder.

All about publishing

To a writer, writing is an art. But to a publisher, it’s all business. If you want to succeed as a published author, it’s important to understand how the publishing business works, from agents to contracts to distribution. As an author, David’s seen all levels of the publishing business, from self-publishing, to publishing through a small house, to having books published by major publishers. And, as a magazine and software publisher, he’s been on the other side, acquiring publication rights to numerous properties. If you want to really understand what makes the wheels of publishing turn, you owe it to yourself to attend this session.

The writer’s life

Writing is often an interesting balance between triumph and tedium, excitement and exasperation. If you’ve just begun writing, fitting the craft into your life can be something of a challenge. After a while, however, all true writers integrate writing into their life. If you’d like to know more about how to make writing a pervasive part of your life, this session is for you.

10 tips for budding writers

If you’re just getting started on a writing career, there are some tricks of the trade that can make your life easier, improve the quality of your work, and increase your chances of getting published. In this session, author, editor, and publisher David Gewirtz takes you on a tour of 10 tips that’ll help pave your way to writing success.

How to build a career as a writer

Many weekend writers dream of turning their writing into a career. While only a few will become the next Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, it is possible to craft a career where writing and editing are central parts of your life. In this session, editor, author, and publisher David Gewirtz talks about how he’s made writing into a very profitable career and how you can, too.

Other topics

Plus other topics including the role of the Editor-in-Chief, how to run a magazine, converting from print to digital, and many other aspects of the publishing industry.

Some of David's affilliations...

ZATZ Publishing

ZATZ Logo David is the founder of ZATZ Publishing, one of the first technology magazine publishers on the Internet.

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ZDNet / CBS Interactive

ZDNet/CBSi Logos David is CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer. He also hosts ZDNet's DIY-IT and ZDNet Government blogs.

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U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute

USSPI Logo David is Director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit research and policy organization.