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Writing Mentorship with Eileen Anderson

Mentorship Course

Date Register
Course begins: January 13, 2019
Online meetings begin: Sunday, 1/20 at 8pm Eastern and occur each Sunday
Auditors: may not attend online meetings. (about Auditors)
Meetings are not recorded.
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Eileen Anderson
Eileen Anderson

About this Mentorship

Do you need expert help with writing blog posts, handouts, grants, reports, or even a book? Are you struggling to represent your business in the best way possible on your website? Do you need to produce clear and detailed instruction sheets for your clients? 

What you've got to say is important, and your writing skills can help make—or break—your credibility. Get help with any writing project in IAABC's Writing Mentorship for Trainers and Behavior Consultants.

Author Eileen Anderson will review your work, editing and discussing real-life written projects of your choice in this 8-week mentoring workshop. Along with individual review of each mentee's work, Eileen will offer examples of her own and other written pieces.

Course materials will include instructions on six major categories of writing relevant to trainers and animal behavior professionals. There will be presentations about motivation, organization, and the development of a personal voice. You'll also learn about basic search engine optimization for websites and resources for self-publishing. Worksheets, resources, and strategies will be provided for future reference, and you'll meet weekly for face-to-face live, on-line group support.

About IAABC Mentorships

Each 8-week mentorship provides mentees with ongoing online chat, video exchanges, documentation, links, and scheduled weekly live chats via video meeting.

Mentees can discuss their own cases or any others, ask questions about application and theory, ask for tips and advice on overcoming specific challenges, and be guided toward even higher levels of professionalism and effectiveness. The mentors are there for the mentees, and offer all help and discussion that each mentee finds useful.

Auditing is also available Auditors may observe and learn about topics under discussion between the mentor and full mentees. Auditors do not attend the weekly live chats, may not introduce their own cases or ask for specific input on their own work. Auditors may participate in ongoing topics and discussions, and their questions will be answered if time allows. Auditing is simply an opportunity to observe and learn from the mentees' and mentors' experiences.

Auditor Spots are all 8 CEUs for CCPDT.

Eileen Anderson

Eileen Anderson writes about her life with multiple dogs with a focus on describing positive reinforcement-based training to pet owners and beginner trainers. Her well-known Eileenanddogs blog has been featured on Freshly Pressed by Wordpress.com and won the award, "The Academy Applauds" in 2014 from The Academy of Dog Trainers. She published a book on canine cognitive dysfunction in 2016 that won a Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America. Her articles and training videos have been incorporated into curricula worldwide and translated into several languages.

Eileen has worked professionally as a writer and academic editor, an orchestral musician, a network administrator, a remedial college math instructor, a bookkeeper, a social work caseworker, and a trainer of computer skills in academic and workplace settings. She has co-written successful grant applications totaling $5 million. She has a long-standing interest in making technology accessible to women, people with limited literacy skills, and other underserved populations. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music performance and a master's degree in engineering science.

Enrollment Prices:

Full Mentees: $449 for IAABC members; $499 non-members
Auditors: $150 for both IAABC members and non-members

CEUS:
IAABC and KPA – Full Students: 24 CEUs
CCPDT – Full Students: 21 CEUs
CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA – Auditors: 8 CEUs

I never realized how little I knew about writing until I took the writing mentorship run by Eileen Anderson. It’s a real skill and an art (just like dog training). I had no idea what to expect of a writing mentorship. What I found was a group of like-minded individuals, each with an interest in writing combined with an interest in dogs and training, and a mentor who was supportive of each person’s needs.

I really enjoyed the group dynamics and found the interactions fun as well as informative. I didn’t know what I wanted to focus on at first, but after the first couple of sessions I became inspired. Eileen was only too happy to help with my changing goals and the flurry of submissions that I made towards the final weeks.

There was so much content provided that I will need to keep it on file and review it again to truly let it sink in. I liked that Eileen often asked what we would like to focus on. I learnt a lot from reading other participant’s questions, answers and their writing submissions. We even started a Facebook Writing Group to stay in touch when the mentorship ended: to keep some inspiration going.

I would encourage anyone interested in writing to consider the mentorship and to be prepared to try writing and submitting anything you can: the more you utilize Eileen’s knowledge, the more you will get out the mentorship. She is a wealth of knowledge and has a wonderful teaching style that never makes you feel silly for asking a question. I should know: I asked a lot of silly questions! 

-- Sonya Bevan

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