Apr. 12: Productivity as a Creative (Podcast)

Mark McGuinness

Mark McGuinness is a business coach, trainer and consultant specialising in work with creative professionals, innovative companies and other trendsetters at the forefront of the Creative Economy. When he’s not doing that, he’s writing poetry.

His website, Lateral Action, helps creative people succeed (however you define success) by getting them to realise that busy does not equal productive or more important, innovative.



Apr. 19: Writing about Money (LIVE!)

Elisabeth Leamy

Elisabeth Leamy is a nationally-known journalist, a critically acclaimed author and a nationwide speaker. She writes a weekly consumer column for the Washington Post and serves as investigative correspondent for the syndicated Dr. Oz Show. In 2017, Elisabeth launched her own podcast, called “Easy Money” about clever, creative ways to make more, save more and find unclaimed money.

Elisabeth is the author of two books, Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands and The Savvy Consumer: How To Avoid Scams And Rip-Offs That Cost You Time and Money.

Julia Chang

Julia Chang is a Deputy Editor on the content team for Northwestern Mutual/LearnVest. Previously, she worked for the custom content division of Time Inc., where she helped produce award-winning print and online content for financial consumers. Most of her career has been in business and personal finance journalism, but when she’s not thinking or writing about money, she’s watching the latest mystery or suspense series in marathon sessions.



Apr. 23: Writing Textbook Supplements (Podcast)

John Soares

John Soares has been a full-time freelance writer since 1994.

He started writing in 1990, first for in the outdoors niche (two mainstream paperback books and over 100 articles, including pieces for Sunset and VIA) and later for college textbook publishers. Since 1992, he’s completed over 300 education projects (lecture outlines, instructor’s manuals, study guides, test questions, and the like). Most of the work has been for large textbook publishers such as Cengage, Pearson Education, and McGraw-Hill in many diverse subjects: political science, history, geography, geology, oceanography, environmental science, biology, and business. Based on that work, he’s recently released the third edition of his book, Writing College Textbook Supplements: Developing Test Questions, Quiz Questions, Instructor Manuals, Lecture Outlines, and Other Curriculum Components.

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