This is a guest post by Foster member Chinyere Erondu. You can find her writing at The Conflicted Womanist Newsletter.
This post was originally written as a tweet thread by Foster cofounder Stew Fortier.
This is a guest post by Foster member Tom White. It was originally published in his newsletter White Noise.
Zoë Gibson is the Audience Development Manager at Morning Brew, a suite of newsletters with over three million subscribers. She stopped by Foster to share some tips, tricks, and tactics for newsletter writers to grow their audiences.
Liz Fosslien is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work and Head of Content at Humu. She has created large audiences on Instagram and elsewhere with her fun and thought-provoking illustrations. Liz stopped by to talk with Foster member Nick deWilde and share advice on audience building and creating content for different social platforms.
Foster’s Lyle McKeany hosted Scott Hines, who writes the thrice-weekly Action Cookbook newsletter. They spoke about Scott’s transition from a pseudonymous sports freelance writer to an independent newsletter writer, how he writes prolifically while working full-time and spending time with his family, how he generates ideas, and more.
Foster member Amanda Natividad hosted Jack Cheng, author of the novel See You in the Cosmos. They talked about his transition from founder to full-time writer, finding his niche in the Young Adult genre, and his writing practice.
We hopped on Clubhouse with Nathan Baschez and Dan Shipper, founders of the writer collective Every, for a wide-ranging chat about building their media company, working within a writer’s collective, and the current state of online writing.
We hopped on Clubhouse with Web Smith, author of the newsletter 2PM, to chat about his writing process, the ins and outs of writing a weekly must-read newsletter, and managing a media business.
We sat down with Li Jin — co-host of Means of Creation, founder of Atelier Ventures, and an a16z alum — to talk about the passion economy and how she’s leveraged writing to accelerate her career.
Marie Poulin shares how she transformed her personal passions and professional expertise to help people grow their skills.
Trapital’s Dan Runcie shares how he combined his passion for hip-hop and business into a successful newsletter.
The Diff's Byrne Hobart on how to turn the news into something timeless.
Award-winning novelist and filmmaker Christene Browne shares tips for building a successful career telling stories — both on the page and on the screen.
One of Twitter’s most successful comedians shares how she built a loyal following and why you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment.
The Onion’s founding editor Scott Dikkers discusses how he transformed his passion for comedy into an iconic media brand and shares his best tips on how to build your skill and confidence as a writer.
David Perell shares how he’s helped countless writers find their voice and succeed online.
Four writers share how they went from erratic output to writing consistently.
Some practical advice on finding your unique style from four writers who have done it.
Writer’s block is an age-old nemesis: we’ve uncovered a few techniques to help fight it.
Josh Spector shares how he helps thousands of creators succeed by providing transformational, niche content.
Golden Globe winner Bill Grundfest explains why leaning into what makes you unique wins in the long term.
Khe Hy shares how he transitioned from a high-powered career on Wall Street to creating content full-time, and why he’s never been happier.
Startup advisor and Diversity & Inclusion strategist Jennifer Kim explains how her writing has helped build the foundation for a purpose-driven career.
Michell Clark shares how he’s built an enthusiastic following on Twitter by being interesting, helpful, and authentic.
Positioning expert April Dunford shares a brief masterclass on product positioning and how it can be leveraged to help your writing succeed.
Sari Azout on writing as professional networking, why consistency is overrated, and how time can turn good ideas into great ideas.
The author Gemma Milne discusses pursuing your curiosities, not compromising on your voice, and the inherent necessity and risk of hype.
The New Yorker's former Director of Newsletters explains how to use email to build meaningful, engaging relationships with your audience.
Four successful writers share how they actually started to discover a niche early on.
Lessons on how to align your writing passion with your day job from somebody who's actually done it.
Polina Marinova Pompliano shares everything she’s learned turning what was once a side project into a full-time, one-person media business.
Steph Smith, leader of the Hustle’s paid subscription business and author of Standing Out in 2020: Doing Content Right, joins Stew Fortier to discuss mastering your niche, creating quality content, and differentiating yourself as a writer.
Cherie Hu discusses how she's escaped competition to establish her voice in a crowded space.
Some practical advice on how to drastically improve the quantity and quality of your writing.
Nathan Baschez and Dan Shipper explain the meteoric rise of their paid newsletter bundle, Everything.
Advice on turning "boring" topics into fun writing.
Practical advice on how to use writing to help thousands of people.
Some practical advice on how to use writing to invent a career for yourself.
Why media never scaled and the near-endless supply of niche opportunities.
How to take advantage of the enormous opportunities the internet has created for individual writers and creators.
How to use writing and storytelling to start a movement.
The new opportunity in paid media and how building in public creates unfair advantages
How to use blogging to sharpen your critical thinking skills and become more effective in the real world.
Networked writing, crafting a distinctive writing style, and the internal rewards of thinking in public