If you’ve ever dreamed of writing and seeing your words in print,
this professional writing program is your best opportunity to make
that dream a reality.
You learn how to create the kinds of stories and articles that
publishers are looking for by being paired with an experienced
professional writer or editor as your personal mentor. He or she
develops a teaching plan that meets your needs and goals, and works
with you from your first assignment until the day you finish the
No other program offers you such intense personal instruction from
nationally published writers and editors trained in nurturing new
For details on this unique home study training program from Long
Ridge Writers Group, review the topics below:
Specialists in training people to
for publication since 1989
Welcome to Long Ridge Writers Group
Long Ridge Writers Group was founded in 1989 to create a superior
home study program for people who want to write fiction and
nonfiction that meets or exceeds the standards set by today’s
program, Breaking into Print®, is taught by a faculty of
nationally published writers and experienced editors whose expert
teaching and coaching over the last 20 years has produced thousands
of published writers. It combines instruction in fiction and
nonfiction, the two most admired forms of contemporary writing.
Long Ridge has been recognized as the leading teacher of writing for
publication in the United States, Canada, and wherever English is
spoken. We track the editorial market in depth and publish an annual
directory of more than 700 pages updating and specifying the
requirements of more than 1,800 best publishing markets that welcome
freelance manuscripts. We also publish textbooks and course
materials used in our programs.
As proof of excellence, Breaking into Print is the only
program of its kind that qualifies its graduates for college
credits. It is approved by the Connecticut Commissioner of Higher
Education and the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards, which
will arrange for you to obtain these credits and will send them to
any college or university you designate, no matter where you live.
As you read through this material, you’ll meet our staff of
professional instructors. Each is a published writer or professional
editor, or both, whom we have handpicked from the practical world
of publishing and trained to teach our programs.
have written or edited more than 20,500 stories, books, and articles
in virtually every genre of fiction and category of
nonfiction. Their successful experience with thousands of editors
and publishers is a rich resource for our students.
Learn from an
your own pace
Breaking into Print
with maximum flexibility for today’s writers: Students learn at
their own pace within their own schedules, and they work in the
privacy of their own homes.
cornerstone of this unique program, which has evolved through a
series of refinements and enhancements, is its one-on-one method of
teaching: You are assigned to a published writer or experienced
you work together until you graduate—to
achieve your personal writing goals.
The benefits of
one-on-one pairing of a student with a skillful mentor offers you a
quality and intensity of training in writing and marketing your
writing to editors and publishers that is unsurpassed by any college
“class of one” method of teaching with the traditional college or
university classroom with one instructor for 20, 30, or even 50
students. Our pairing of a student writer with an accomplished
aspiring authors the finest, most personal training available
By alternating your
assignments in fiction and nonfiction techniques, Breaking into
Print offers you clear insight into the possibilities that both
forms hold for you. It helps
you to discover your greatest potential as a writer.
advantages of learning how to master both fiction and nonfiction
writing in the same program, rather than studying each one
separately, go far beyond the savings in time and money. This unique
method of intertwining instruction also shows clearly how certain
techniques of one form of writing can be used to enhance the
strength, interest, and readability of the other.
fiction techniques and you’ll borrow certain nonfiction techniques
to make your short stories solid and grounded. You’ll learn
nonfiction techniques and you’ll learn how to use key fiction
techniques to make your articles dramatic and compelling.
As a result,
you’ll be ready to handle both story and article assignments long
before those who learn to write only fiction or nonfiction.
Discover your writing niche
instructor will guide and support you as you explore the writing
opportunities in fiction and nonfiction as you discover the writing
genre or category that’s right for you.
You may choose to
focus on mystery, science fiction, romance, or any of the 19 genres
of fiction; or travel, religion, crafts and hobbies, or any of the
73 categories of nonfiction. Yet, you may prefer to continue your
training in fiction/nonfiction combined rather than specializing.
Once you find
your writing niche, your instructor will focus on its special
editorial requirements and design your program to meet your
particular needs and the writing goals you set for yourself.
many students, publication is the yardstick of success. For others,
it is the exhilaration and recognition they get through being able
to communicate in writing more effectively in their business or
personal or professional writing goals may be, Breaking into
Print, together with the steady guidance of your instructor,
will give you the basic elements of all good contemporary writing—plus
advanced training in fiction, nonfiction, or any genre or category
in either of these major forms you choose—plus
the marketing skills that will help you to succeed in selling your
writing to editors and publishers.
Our promise to you
Whatever your writing goal may be, by the time you finish our
program, you will complete two manuscripts suitable to submit to
editors. You’ll also write a character sketch, plans for six
stories and articles, and eight complete manuscripts.
We are committed to your satisfaction. If you are not satisfied that
you’ve become a better writer and learned how to market your writing
to editors and publishers by the time you’ve completed our program,
you can obtain a full refund.
Our program, Breaking
into Print, is recommended for college credits by the
Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards and approved by the
Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education.
The wonderful world of
writing for publication
process of discovering the writer within you is just that—a
process. As you change and grow, your writing will change and grow.
what makes the writing experience so challenging and rewarding.”
Have you ever longed
for the independence, the lifestyle, the satisfaction, and the
rewards that can come from being a writer?
Is writing your way
of giving voice to your special ideas or values? Or is writing your
way of giving a gift to the world—and
special reasons for wanting to write and wanting to see your work
published, you must start with the aptitude, professional training,
and desire it takes to succeed.
Draw ideas from your everyday life
Once you take up writing, you may find that it’s
your most natural form of expression. You can begin at any age, and
need to have a college degree.
need arcane knowledge or extraordinary experiences. You can draw
upon your everyday life and interests for the ideas that may inspire
successful stories and articles as your instructor will show you.
You can pursue
writing anywhere, anytime. Many writers have learned their craft at
from the rigidity of a classroom schedule—where
writing time can be adjusted around other daily activities.
required is determination, patience, and the willingness to work at
developing your aptitude with the support of a trusted instructor.
Your stories and articles speak for
As a writer, your stories and articles speak for themselves. You’ll
find men and women of every age from every walk of life who are
published authors, and their work is as diverse as life itself!
Apart from the
monetary rewards or prestige you may earn as a published author, the
creative act of writing also adds a deeply felt sense of
If you have the desire and the aptitude to write, we
can offer you a trustworthy mentor to show you how to write for
publication and how to find your writing niche, along with a superb
program of training to help you learn how to market your writing to
editors and publishers.
part-time or full-time career?
As a trained
freelance writer, you can keep your present job and supplement your
income by selling articles and stories to hundreds of possible
If you become
successful as a part-time writer, you may want to devote your full
time to writing—as
a freelancer, or on the staff of a publishing company or any of
hundreds of other kinds of companies and organizations.
As even the
most casual reader knows, there are simply never enough well-trained
writers to go around; consequently, there are better opportunities
and more meaningful rewards for those with professional training and
the desire to succeed.
Your declaration of independence
For a freelance writer, there is no such thing as a dreary daily
commute, punching a time clock, enduring office aggravations,
layoffs, and pink slips.
Of course, a writer
has his or her own challenges: You work by yourself much of the
time, and you must be resourceful to succeed. On the other hand, you
write in the comfort of your own home.
You work on
your own projects or on those you select or accept from publishers,
editors, or other clients. You enjoy the prestige, personal
recognition, and respect accorded a professional.
The benefits of a successful writing career
For a handful of best-selling authors, continuing royalties provide
income that most writers only dream about. But even for celebrated
authors, financial rewards are only part of the benefits of a
successful writing career.
One of the most
important reasons for writing is the sheer enjoyment of it! Every
time you face a blank sheet of paper, you’re
We prepare you
to meet the challenge of writing by giving you thorough training
from a professional instructor in the fiction or nonfiction genre
that fits your goals and aspirations.
“There's no great
mystery about learning how to write. It’s a process of hard work and
a lot of practice. Nobody is born knowing how to write, and every
writer who ever lived had to be taught how to do it.”