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Freelance Writing Direct: Conversations with authors, journalists, novelists, memoirists, niche writers, agents, publishers, writing teachers, assigning editors and media experts.

Feb 9, 2023

In this episode, Sherry Paprocki speaks with Teresa Woodard.


Teresa Woodard is a writer and field editor for regional and national consumer magazines and their digital outlets. She is contributing garden editor at Midwest Living magazine, content creator for an online plant store, co-author of American Roots: Reimagining Our Home Gardens (Timber Press; Fall 2022) and a another garden book (Timber Press, 2024). She designs perennial borders and native landscapes for central Ohio clients and reviews landscape designs for the ARC of a residential conservation development.


​Over the past 15 years, she's contributed to Midwest Living,  Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Chicago Tribune, Living the Country Life, Ohio Magazine and Columbus Monthly magazine.  


Teresa was awarded the 2016 Gold Award for Magazine Writing by The Association of Garden Communicators for her story, "Honey Harvest," for Country Gardens Magazine (Fall 2015) and she has continued her winning streak with a couple of Silver Awards  in the last two years.


In this episode:

  • How Teresa found her passion for gardening and put her roots down in the niche of gardening. 

  • The benefits of joining a writers group 

  • Tips for becoming a regular contributor to a magazine 

  • How to build lasting relationships with editors 


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Estelle’s Editor-on-Call event March 2nd in collaboration with NYU:

Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published: Available for pre-order.


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