The Apprenticeship Program expects you to already have decent writing skills AND an established online writing portfolio. From the webpage:
"...when reviewing applicants, we will be looking for a consistent stream of newly-published Hubs and/or an already existing blog, website, or collection of published online work. We will be reviewing this work for good grammar and punctuation, as strong writing skills are essential for success, and the Apprenticeship Program does not cover basic writing skills."
As I read the program description, the aim is just to teach you how to make more money and get more views on HubPages leveraging your existing network.
I wonder why they're touting it as a writing course when none of the given lesson titles have anything to do with the actual craft of writing: Online Media 101, Getting Found Online, Photos and Video, Making Money & Understanding Your Traffic, Developing a Following, Establishing a Multi-Platform Personal Brand.
None of these topics are rocket science. Considering that most people could figure this stuff out in a week, and considering that HP has a major problem with people who cannot write and fill up this site with junk, you'd think they'd offer an actual writing course.
Thanks, habee! How about an easier one - we can work together. I focus on topic and style. Maybe we could both create hubs for writers, then write a hub on both our pages and link to both. And add others, as well. Interested? If so, I'll start a new thread.
Randy just like yourself many have not applied. They have a full schedule, so what are you waiting for? Maybe you could assist others with sharing your writing skills. I believe you would make a great teacher.
And the ones who have not applied or have been denied are honing there writing skills instead of spending time in the forums.
Good news - Maybe. I got an email saying that my application has been received and will be reviewed. Did anyone else get one? If so, I think maybe the Powers that Be responded to this thread. (Powers That Be, if you're out there, thanks!)
I received an email - please re-apply in 6 months...oh well Its OK. I'm new here anyway so I am more than happy to wait and re-apply. By then I will have learnt so much more and will probably be able to achieve greater things. Good luck SidKemp - here's hoping you make it through I hope success comes your way.
Just to be clear: the first round of selections have been made. We'll be adding new Apprenticeship groups every month! So if you didn't receive an invitation yet, don't despair! We just received so many applications that we can't accept too many at once, or we'd dilute the amount of personalized attention you get!
Hi Maddie - thanks so much for this note, and for all that you do. These clarifications from the Powers That Be (please consider this a compliment, as it makes reference to angels) are really helpful for all of us.
Hi Jellygator - great. I'm glad you're in. I haven't heard back beyond that they have my app, so I guess I'm still under consideration. Enjoy, learn, and become even greater on HubPages than you already are!
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