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The Creators Academy has been designed by an experienced team of publishing wizards who have spent years working within the online publishing world. We've pooled together our collective know-how to bring this program to the Creator, and designed a course that will arm you with the tools to write kick-ass content on whatever topics you're passionate about.

Many of you may be thinking, "This sounds awesome, but how do I get involved? What will the course actually teach me? How long will it take?" Wonder no more! This post should answer any questions you may have about the course.

1. What is Creators Academy?

Creators Academy is a self-paced online writing course to teach you tips, tricks and skills you need to develop your skills as a writer.

The course will equip you with the tools you'll need to be a successful online writer; we'll teach you everything from style, formatting and optimizing your articles for Google search, to improving the visual quality of your work, writing a kick-ass editorial or news piece, and navigating the world of social media to expand your own audience.

This course is open to everyone with a account (you can sign up for one here if you aren’t a member of our community yet). Our goal is to take you from fan to Verified Creator; if you’re not sure what that means, take a look at Question #10 below.

2. How much does it cost?

Zero dollars! is entirely free of charge. It’s part of our ongoing commitment to make the best place on the web for aspiring writers and nerds of all varieties. You can feel free to share your work and find a home in our geeky community.

3. How long does the course take?

That is entirely up to you, young Padawan! The course is learn-at-your-own pace, and designed to fit in with your own schedule. Of course, we’d advise taking your time to absorb each lesson and craft posts that you’re proud of. And if you're looking for a more intensive course, we can offer you a suggested schedule to keep you on track.

4. Will I have a mentor?

Creators Academy focuses more on learning new skills before you sit down to write than on retrospective feedback. This gives you the chance to demonstrate your new skills and knowledge straight away, rather than receiving feedback after your post is written, and having to wait to put this knowledge into action. As such, one-on-one mentorship is not a part of the Creators Academy, and not every piece you submit will receive feedback. The community team will, of course, be keeping an eye on your progress, and be on hand with helpful hints and feedback if you need it.

We’ve set up a Facebook group that you should definitely join, where we’ll be on hand to answer all of your questions, offer advice and generally help you in any way we can!

5. How many articles will I have to submit?

Creators Academy is composed of 10 chapters, with 10 assignments (one per chapter), so you will need to submit all 10 articles to complete the course.

6. Do I need to wait for feedback before moving on to the next lesson?

In short - no, you don't. You can move along the course at your own pace, and tackle all of the assignments without waiting for feedback, if you're confident enough. If you're looking for some feedback on a particular article - you can ask us in the Facebook group mentioned above.

7. Is there a deadline for each submission?

As this course is work-at-your-own pace, there aren’t any deadlines. Start when you want, finish when you want, make everything in between count!

8. Can I submit old articles as part of the course?

Each assignment is tailored to assess how well you’ve understood the chapter of the course material. So in short, no, you cannot submit articles written before the course. We’d like each post to reflect the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired with each new chapter.

9. What happens when I complete all the assignments?

You will officially graduate Creators Academy- cue the fanfare!. We will keep a record of your submitted assignments to review as the basis of your Verified Creators application, which you can officially apply for after completing the course.

10. What is the Verified Creators Program?

The Verified Creators Program is our initiative to reward talented Creators for the unique, shareable and engaging articles they share with us every day.

The goal of the Verified Program is to give Creators access to all the tools and insights we have at our disposal, including feedback and guidance from an experienced team of editors, to help them build their brand and continue developing as writers. Verified Creators are also paid for their work- they earn 50% of our programmatic advertising revenue for their articles. To give you an idea, the current payment for Verified Creators is $1.70 per 1,000 reads.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Verified Creators Program, you can check out the full details here.

11. How do I get started?

Getting started couldn’t be simpler!

Step 1: sign up here to join the course.

Step 2: take a look at Chapter One of the course

Step 3: submit your first assignment once you’ve published your article.*

Step 4: Move on to the next assignment until you have completed and submitted all 10 articles.

*We’d recommend bookmarking the Creators Academy page, so you have access to all 10 lessons whenever you need them.

Hopefully, these FAQs have answered any burning questions you may have about the Academy. If there’s still anything you’d like to ask, feel free to reach out to us on the Facebook Group - we’re always happy to help!

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