How I got a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education: What I’m Reading: ‘How Learning Works’

Hey Behind the Prosers,

I’m super happy to share my latest piece which appears in none other than the esteemed Chronicle of Higher Education. “What I’m Reading: ‘How Learning Works’” went live on the site todayScreen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.16.22 PM and will be in the print issue this week.

How it happened: I read MANY of the pieces in that column. I copied them into my Scrivener file and studied each of them (that’s just one of the ways that I use Scrivener to draft.) I analyzed the sentences. I took note of how the writer balanced personal story with their review of the book.  After all, the submission guidelines say 150 words max, so there were really only two options – a good one 150 or a bad 150. I wanted the good.

I pitched the full piece in June and the editor of that section accepted it. And now, here it is!

Okay. That’s all for now. Don’t forget to listen to this week’s show with Sean Ennis and check out Scott Hess’ great On Revision column. 

Headshot photo credits: Alex Mateo