Win a Scholarship to Damn Fine Words, the Writing Course for Business Owners

Win a Scholarship to Damn Fine Words, the Writing Course for Business Owners

For several years now, the Damn Fine Words writing course has changed how businesspeople write the content that helps them market, sell and succeed. They learn new, effective writing techniques that speed up their content-creation process, get a huge boost of confidence, and learn how to produce all sorts of articles, blog posts, website copy and ebook content with pride and glee, completely stress-free.

The course works. It’ll change your business – maybe even your life.

The Damn Fine Words writing course opens to new students this September 2. And if you’re a small business owner, a freelancer or an entrepreneur, you won’t want to miss it, so get on the newsletter now to be notified the second you can join.

Now, each time I prepare for a new session, I also open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in…

  • … they’d finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients.
  • …they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page.
  • …they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word.

I want to help make that change happen.

What Is the Damn Fine Words Writing Contest:

This contest is a friendly competition where your sincerity, desire to learn, and motivation to succeed in business counts more than anything. This contest isn’t about the quality of your writing so much as the quality of your thoughts on writing… and what you would do if you improve your writing skills.

What You Can Win:

One person will win a full scholarship to the September 2013 session of Damn Fine Words (retail value $1,399). The first runner-up will win a 50% scholarship applicable to their registration for the September session.

The course lasts 10 weeks, and both winners become full-access students who benefit from all the lessons, hands-on exercises, immediately applicable advice, interactive members-only area – and my personal support and feedback throughout the entire course.

What You Need to Do:

Write a blog post about why writing is important to your business success. Why becoming a better, faster, more confident writer could literally change your life. How not feeling sure about your writing skills has affected your business, and what it would mean to you to have that obstacle swept away.

In other words, write about why it’s important for you to be in the Damn Fine Words writing course.

  1. Your blog post or article should be at least 450 words. (This isn’t a brevity contest, after all.)
  2. Post your article to your blog or another publicly-viewable location. No private email entries will be accepted.
  3. Come back here and leave a comment that links to your post.
  4. Pat yourself on the back.

That’s all.

There are no points given for correct grammar or spelling. There are no points given for fancy words or brilliant prose. In fact, there are no points given for the quality of writing at all.

I’m looking for two people whose businesses have a better chance at success because they committed themselves to improving their content-creation skills. I want to work with people who are driven to succeed and who understand this writing course could take their business to the next level. I want students who are dedicated to showing up every day and doing their very best. I’m looking for people who are ready, willing and able to commit to their self-improvement.

You don’t need pretty language or finely-honed writing to convey that. Trust me – I’ll see it.

The contest closes August 30, 2013 at 7am (eastern time zone). I’ll select two winning posts and contact winners directly, so be sure to have a Contact page on your site or let me know your email address in some other way.

Ready? Get writing!

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Awesome! What a great contest. Will definitely post to my Nerdy Thirty-Something blog!

  2. It’s always exciting to see the entries.

    So tempted to sign up again as a student but I’m still applying the homework I did in the last session (and reaping the results).

    Instead, I’m going to put that money away in my Damn Fine Ebooks fund.

  3. You motivated me to participate (my entry link is attached to my name). Even if I don’t win, it was just as rewarding to write about what’s being offered: a chance for guidance and mentorship. Writing about it made me realize it’s something I am in need of.

    Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the blog. Thank you for all the work that you do. 🙂

  4. OK, I’m in!

    Post written, entry submitted, rallying all my family and friends to phone in and vote for me. No, wait, that’s X Factor. Damn!

    I’m thrilled for whoever wins this, and I’ll be super super thrilled if it’s me.

  5. Yay! Did it! Here it is:

    Looking forward to reading the other entries!

  6. Thank you for the opportunity…!

  7. What a fantastic opportunity! As the founder of two non-profit organizations and my latest venture of working on my business start-up for website design & copy writing— this course would be life-changing without a doubt. Blog post here:

  8. It’s exciting to think that we could be looking at at least some of the next cohort, right here. Looking forward to working with and learning from you guys this fall. And good luck with the competition.

  9. I am very new to this, I am looking forward to learning with you.
    Adam D. Mason

  10. I am honored to particiate in this contest. Here is a copy of the link to my post.

    Thank you 🙂

  11. Alright here goes; “why you want to join the course. Tell me why it matters to you, and how much difference Damn Fine Words would make for your life.”
    All right here goes…again. Yes, I entered this last year hoping to find some mentoring to help me get on the writing wagon, ah- typewriter? No, no! Computer and sticky notes-add in the index cards and note pads and a dining room wallpapered with ideas that never seem to go anywhere. That’s not true, they get knocked off and slid under the china cabinet, table and for some reason half way stuck in that irritating mouse hole…Damn! I’m regressing. “Sorry.” That was said in a small squeaky voice. (Insert smiley face here).
    Why this matters to me, well time keeps on trumping by and I really need to find ‘the writing me’ amidst all of life’s crazies. I just want something that’s mine, something that will define me. Yes! I am being selfish! Life is too short to take it seriously. My mother, who is eighty-nine, may just outlive me. Damn Fine Words can make a difference for ‘me’ by helping ‘me’ regain my momentum and show me the path to write out the crazy. Hmmm! Or do I mean write like crazy? No, I think I got it right the first time.
    Oh, Great! I forgot about the blog post… I would love to win this but I have some old blog posts – You know last time I entered- Now, I am heading back to the hospital to see my mom- so I hope this will do , it more than likely won’t , grumble!
    Pick me! Pick Me! See my hand waving! See me jumping up and down! See me jumping in the car, I am late.
    Really, can’t you see why I need to win and take and finish this course? I need lots of help, so ‘PICK ME!’

  12. James, what will you do with someone who is ready, willing, and able to commit? Here’s my entry

    Thank you for this opportunity. You are seriously the best.

  13. I admit that I doubted many times to post even though I really wanted to.*

    Fear, that invisible thing that holds us back from our dreams. Dreams, that invisible thing that drags us away from our fears. Outside the comfort zone into the unexplored we find them both.

    * If you are thinking about posting an entry, but are still not sure then you might want to read my entry.

    You are welcome to read more about fear in my entry:

  14. My site is a work in progress – wishing I’d be able to engage Men with Pens team to do it! LOL! I hope this time I win this. Here’s the link to my entry:

  15. On a Sunday afternoon, I’d logged on to review & merge two powerpoint presentations for a volunteer training course I’m delivering next week. But this email in my Inbox grabbed my attention. The powerpoints had to wait. Thank you, not only for the opportunity to apply for a scholarship but for the chance to examine why writing is such a part of me.

  16. Craig Kauderer says:

    James…a “So You Think You Can Dance” post is waiting for you on my Facebook page. Thanks for giving me the enjoyment of writing this, and for bringing smiles to my friends. After you’ve had a chance to read it, please leave me a smiley face.

    • Hi Craig,

      I can’t seem to track down your post on Facebook – would you be able to link me to it? It’d actually be best if it was published somewhere that’s viewable to all, not just Facebook folk, if possible. Let me know?

  17. James,
    I really would love to have you pick me, as one of the winners because I need it, but even if I don’t win I am going to try to take this course because I know that I need it and I need to commit to banishing this fear.

    Here is my post “Most Fear Public Speaking… I fear Writing

  18. Radhhika Baria says:

    Hi James , Happy to participate in contest. I am all excited. This is the link to my article-

    Looking forward to your evaluation!

    Thanks & Regards,
    Radhhika Baria

  19. I wrote an essay on why it is important that I complete the Damn Fine Words business writing course and posted it to my WordPress blog at


  20. James, thank you for this great opportunity. I am so lost in my writing that it took me days to write the post. I have finally done it. Good luck to everyone.

    Here is my post.

  21. So great that you do this contest. Thanks for the opportunity. Here’s my entry / post.

  22. Hi James

    You can find my entry posted here:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. Hi James, thank you for this fantastic opportunity. Here’s the link to my entry:

    Many thanks,

  24. And here I come, sneaking in towards the end of the deadline.

    I’m not even gonna try to excuse my personal Tumblr. Nope. Just gonna let y’all deal with it.

    Thank you so much, James, for this opportunity! I’ve been reading some of the other entries and wow- good luck everyone.

  25. Rich Lamendola says:

    Ok, i’m in! Looking forward to meeting and learning!!

    All my best to all who entered! And big thanks to James!


  26. I wanted to apply, but I got carried away.
    I wrote, deleted, wrote, re-read, and left it as is.

  27. Ok here is my submission. I had to slay a few dragons to get it completed, but I’m done.
    Woo -hoo 🙂

  28. Just a quick note to say that the deadline has officially been reached, and the contest for the September 2013 session of Damn Fine Words is now closed.

    Together with an objective panel of judges, contest entries will be reviewed, and we’ll select the winners soon. (We’ll contact you privately to let you know.)

    Best of luck, everyone – I’ve read every entry, and you’ve all done a fantastic job.

  29. And the finger nail chewing begins.

    Are you going to be posting up here that winners have been notified to put the rest of us out of our increasing states of anticipation and hope, or are you gonna leave us dangling?

  30. Saeed Rouhani says:
  31. Hi James

    I just wanted to send through a link to highlight why ”Words do Matter” and what a scholarship for your upcoming Damn Fine Words course would mean for me and the communities I work with.

    Many thanks for your consideration & I can’t wait to be apart of it.

  32. Damn, can’t believe I missed this. Oh well, next time I guess.

  33. Hi James, I’m not sure time/date differences between where you are and ambut I think it could be a day or so. Anyway here is my MWP Entry as per your rules. If I don’t get in well I guess just keep breathing and living.

  34. The panel of judges and I have read, reviewed, deliberated, and made our decisions. We’ve been in touch with the winner and runner-up via email.

    To everyone else… thank you so much for giving us a run for our money. You wrote touching posts, determined posts, and posts that showed us you’re motivated to go places in life. We sincerely had a tough choice on our hands, and this is us offering you all a round of applause.

    We hope to see many of you in the course as new students – even though we could only choose one winner for the scholarship, we saw many people show us that this course would be beneficial to your goals. Chase after them; you’ll make it!


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