We're on the high seas hunting for a needle floating in the vast Pacific.
The needle is stuck through a blue Styrofoam bobber that's being dragged behind a leatherback
hatchling via a 3-foot string. Even though we've got the means to find it -- a radio transmitter
-- no one said this would be easy.
Wendee Holtcamp in "Love & Death on Turtle Beach"
a 3-week Costa Rica Expedition for Discovery Channel Online covering leatherback turtle
Do you wish you could spend less time staring at the computer and more time traveling around
to exotic locales and covering stories that make a positive
difference the world? Do you want to learn how to write ultra-catchy queries and understand
what editors really want for magazines such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, OnEarth,
and others? Make 2011 the year that you do more of the writing that fulfills the deep passion
within that drew you into a writing career in the first place.
I've been at this for more than fifteen years, and I love nothing more than going on adventures
with scientists around the world and writing about it for magazines. I have been sent on
assignment to scuba-dive with sharks in Australia - all expenses paid - and blogged about
it for Discovery Channel as they filmed a research-based documentary. I traveled to the
Galapagos to report on carbon-neutral travel, and trekked in Nepal in search of endangered
red pandas. I often tell my students that getting published is easy; making a career out of
writing is another thing altogether. However, I learned the ropes on my own and am here to
teach you everything I know. I can say this: I absolutely love my career!
I have personally met dozens of editors and bring the inside scoop on these magazines direct
to you. I started this class focusing on conservation/ environment/ science markets, but the
exercises/assignments and information work for any genre. I make efforts to get a new editor
Q&A each session.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as
sunshine flows into trees... - John Muir
Who: Aspiring and professional writers alike will benefit. Some writers prefer to
just receive the weekly resources, while others prefer to actively participate. Students are
welcome to participate as little or as much as they want. By paying early, you get early access
to the materials, which may help you get more out of the class, since the 6 weeks always flies by.
What: Course assignments guide you
through performing an in-depth analysis of your dream market, developing a carefully crafted query,
writing a short article, and sending it in to your target market. Learn how to use the
techniques of observation, journaling, and topic-spoking to improve your writing and land more assignments.
Why: This course is jam-packed with useful information.
You will get:
- Constructive feedback on your queries and writing
- Q&A interviews with environment/nature magazine editors including
- E the Environmental Magazine
- Smithsonian Magazine
- Audubon Magazine
- Environmental Helath Perspectives
- Sierra Magazine
- OnEarth Magazine
- Orion Magazine
- WildBird and Birder's World magazines
- National Wildlife Magazine
- National Geographic
- And many more!
- Weekly handouts with useful resources, articles, reviews, editor contacts and more.
- An attentive instructor that tailors the course to student interests
- View the course outline
This course was first offered several times through the Freelance Success Institute and
is now offered through Holtcamp's business, LOGOS Communications, LLC,
of which she is sole proprietor. Holtcamp also authored course materials for the Australian
College of Journalism's "Writing about Nature and the Outdoors" course and was profiled in
the 2001 Writer's Market as the Nature/Outdoor Writer.
o Aug 25-Oct 6, 2012 (Register by Aug 18)
o Oct 6-Nov 17, 2012 (Register by Sep 29)
Cost: $200 by check, $207 by Paypal
Sign Up Now! Pay by Paypal below or to pay by check,
send an email to Wendee Holtcamp with your full name, email address, and your
interest in signing up.
As soon as you pay, you'll have access to all the course materials so you can
print, save and read the Q&As and resources, and even get started
on the projects/assignments, which will make your in-class time all the more
focused and helpful. If you pass the signup deadline by a couple days, email me to see if there's
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please specify which class dates you're signing up for.
PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO LOGOS Communications, LLC (NOT WENDEE)
Send checks to:
LOGOS Communications, LLC
PO Box 5021
Kingwood TX 77325
Email Wendee for more info - bohemian_at_wendeeholtcamp.com
Class may be cancelled or date changed if fewer than 6 individuals register (or your registration will get rolled into the next session). Fee will be refunded if course is cancelled, minus the small Paypal processing fee.
No courses have ever been cancelled for good! If you pay by check (preferred anyway),
I will hold onto it until I know the course "makes."
What: If you want to get all the class materials but don't have time for a 6-week interactive course,
then you can purchase the materials only.
When: Pay anytime, and you'll get instant access to the materials
How: Pay by mailing check to the address (PO Box 5021, Kingwood TX 77325) or by
Paypal link below.
How much? $140 by check, $150 by Paypal.
ADVANCED Writing Workshop
o (FULL) May 19 2012 ($400 check, $410 Paypal)
o Late Fall 2012 possible if enough interest
An intensive 8-week program, this workshop will help you identify your long- and short-term career goals, uncover creative
blocks, and develop steps to achieve your writing goals. This course will focus on what you
need to focus on, with ample feedback that will allow you to build on your strengths.
Although I encourage everyone to first take the magazine writing bootcamp before enrolling in the Advanced Workshop, new students are welcome also, you will receive
all the content provided in the basic class new students will need to get up to speed on everything prior to
the workshop start date).
During the workshop, you can submit as many newly crafted query letters, magazine analyses, and
topic-spoking exercises as you can. The course includes two phone mentoring sessions
and a personalized writing plan.
Contact Wendee for more information!
Wendee's Recommended Writing Books Page
This page provides links to books on Wendee's bookshelf
that you an order directly through Powell's Online Bookstore.
About Instructor Wendee Holtcamp
For more than fifteen years, Holtcamp has written for publications such as
Scientific American, Audubon, Smithsonian, Sierra, National Wildlife, OnEarth,
WildBird and other magazines, as well as blogging for Discovery Channel Online and
AnimalPlanet.com. She is also an award-winning contributing writer for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
Feedback from Past Students
"On the plane trips I found myself thinking about how much I learned about
writing for magazine publication. I admire you so much! You've been a
generous and talented teacher, and I think my life was enriched with
- LeeAnn Kryder
"I sold my first nature article!!! I sold my "Protecting the Humboldt penguins in Peru" story to Wildlife
Journal, a two-year-old quarterly magazine. I have been very persistent, as you urged us in class."
- Pat Terry
"I've thoroughly enjoyed your class. Your class has exposed me to topics to write about and ways
to angle to pitch to magazines. I've learned a lot about how journalism works from your insight,
feedback on my assignments, and the various useful info such as interviews, etc."
- Michelle Ziegler
"I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed the class. You're a wonderful and inspiring
teacher and I've learned a great deal."
- Diane Williamson
"This has been an extremely worthwhile venture for me, not only for learning the mechanics of a
new craft, but also for gaining a new perspective in critical thinking."
- David Baker
"I also wanted to say how much I am enjoying this course Wendee and appreciate your teaching style,
content etc etc. BRAVO! Really getting a lot out of it and that will only double and triple once
I really get into the assignments."
"Wendee's experience as a nature writer, the individualized feedback she offers and the extensive
list of resources she includes in the course materials make Nature Writing a valuable experience for
both beginning and seasoned writers."
- Nancy Ross-Flanigan, Freelance Science Writer
Photos, Artwork, Design and Text Copyright (c) 2005 Wendee Holtcamp