What is Bootcamp &
For copywriters, there’s nothing anywhere like AWAI’s FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp & Job Fair.
Part conference, part “family reunion” it’s where everyone comes to hear the latest writing secrets and techniques from top experts… mingle, and share a drink with fellow copywriters and A-level experts… meet the marketers who can have a dramatic impact on your career… and rekindle friendships that help make copywriting the best job in the world!
If you’re a copywriter – or aspire to be one – Bootcamp is your total immersion into our exciting and lucrative world.
Who Should Come?
AWAI’s Bootcamp & Job Fair has something .
If you’re new to the industry…
… it’s your chance to meet important players and industry influencers… learn the basics and broaden your writing skills… explore lucrative writing niches… and see, first hand, the sheer scope and vastness of this exciting opportunity before you.
If you’re an aspiring writer…
… Bootcamp is where you’ll deepen your understanding of the writing process… learn new skills…. start building your success network… make invaluable contacts… and talk to copywriters who were once in your shoes, who’ll be happy to help you lay down your own path to success.
If you’re already writing…
… come to learn the latest in what’s working NOW in our industry… expand your professional network… get to meet A-level clients… land higher-paying projects … and more.
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What’ll Happen When Once You’re Here
You'll Learn …
The direct marketing industry changes FAST. And what marketers need from copywriters changes FAST as well. Not only is Bootcamp the place to brush up on core writing skills every year – it’s the best way to know what’s working NOW, in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing direct marketing environment.
You'll Meet …
After 22 years, Bootcamp has become the place for A-list writers, industry influencers, copy chiefs and marketers to meet. This is where friendships and important professional contacts are made and grow over time: “copy buddies” you can bounce ideas off of… working writers you can turn to for advice and direction… even keep in touch with marketers eager to see how your writing is progressing.
You'll Network …
Dozens of companies send their marketers, publishers, copy chiefs to Bootcamp each year for one reason: to meet you! They know – if you’re at Bootcamp – you’re SERIOUS about copywriting. And in an industry where copywriters are king – just one meeting can rocket your success like nothing else.
You'll Be Inspired …
Until you’ve experienced a FastTrack Bootcamp, there’s no way to know just how massive… fun… lucrative… and in-demand copywriting really is.
Coming to Bootcamp opens your eyes to all of it: the dozens of niches you can write for… the massive demand for new writers… the money you can make as a writer… and all the people and resources available to you when you’re ready to be successful.
It’s like having your very own 400-person support team – and you can’t help but go home excited, confident and inspired!
You'll Have a Blast
What’s a gathering of 400 kindred souls without some fun! Whether it’s AWAI co-founder Paul Hollingshead buying you a drink at the bar… Thursday night’s Dance Party (complete with LIVE band…) or meeting fellow attendees for dinner at any one of Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue eateries – you’ll be making memories you’ll never forget!
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Something for Every Writer, Every Niche
Have a niche in mind and want to take your writing to the next level?
Or maybe you’re one of the many Bootcamp attendees still looking for the writing niche that best suits you.
Either way, Bootcamp will help you.
Whether it’s an inspiring presentation from the stage… or an in-depth conversation with one of the A-level writers you’ll meet… Bootcamp & Job Fair has a long history of providing “a-ha moments” that propel writing careers forward.
Just some of the in-demand writing opportunities you’ll learn about at 2021 Bootcamp & Job Fair:
It’s fun to watch first-time Bootcamp attendees arrive wide-eyed, excited, but slightly skeptical… only to leave bleary-eyed and exhausted — even more excited about just how BIG and REAL the opportunity is!
Every year, attendees rave about how Bootcamp blew away their expectations.
And after 22 years, we’ve lost count of how many Bootcamp & Job Fair attendees have headed home professional writers — with new clients and paid assignments under their belts!
Hear what just a few past Bootcamp attendees have to say:
Job Fair "Magic"
Your First Client, Your First Paid Assignment!
What happens when you bring ambitious, eager-to-learn, excited-to-get-started writers together with an entire ballroom full of companies and marketers desperate for new writers?
New writing careers are born!
And that’s what “Job Fair” at Bootcamp is all about — introducing you to marketers desperate to find their new up-and-coming superstar writer.
You can talk to representatives and marketers from dozens of direct response companies face to face… find out what their company is all about… the kind of writers they’re looking for… even take home a spec assignment so you can “wow” them with your writing talents.
And don’t worry about being “perfect.” All these marketers know you’re new to the game. They’re just looking for that “spark” that shows you understand the basics of sound writing and you’re eager to learn more.
Hundreds of writing careers have been launched at Job Fair – and you can be next!
Where Writing Careers Flourish!
As humans, we thrive on personal connections. Yet as work-at-home-freelance writers, it’s easy to feel alone and insolated much of the time.
Bootcamp & Job Fair is your once-a-year cure. The connections you make at Bootcamp can help you in so many ways. And it’s not just the heavy hitters you’ll meet at Job Fair.
You’ll be amazed at how one little insight picked up here… a better understanding of a misunderstood niche gained there – can take your writing career on whole new path.
And let’s not forget the life-long friends you’ll make – fellow professionals you can reach out to anytime you need guidance and direction throughout the year.
No wonder so many copywriting careers are launched at Bootcamp!
“When I went to Bootcamp, it was like a rocket. I literally took off in this business and I have not slowed down at all.”
Steve’s big break as a newly minted copywriter came after he attended his first AWAI Bootcamp. There, he wrote a spec sales letter for The Healthy Back Institute. Even though the company had already hired a writer, Steve persisted. A few weeks later, they hired him for a new assignment.
That led to more writing jobs and today Steve is a leading copywriter in the survival and preparedness market.
“The biggest piece in my copywriting career was making the connection with other working copywriters at Bootcamp,” he said. “That was a major help to me. I can’t even express how major that was to have a personal support network.”
“The career connections were really the turning point for me.”
While preparing for Bootcamp, Nicole took a chance and entered a Copy Challenge offered by Natural Health Sherpa. The online health site saw a “spark” in her writing and selected her copy, earning Nicole her first paying project.
Shortly after, she went from zero to “full workload” in six months, writing for a natural cosmetics company, a Catholic training program, a sunglasses maker, a biochemical testing lab and a chiropractor.
“A whole new world has opened up for me,” says Nicole said of her first Bootcamp experience. “The career connections were really the turning point for me.”
“I love Bootcamp. Every year, I gain new viewpoints and copywriting techniques.”
Chris got her big break when she met legendary copywriter Clayton Makepeace at an AWAI Bootcamp, submitted a spec writing assignment, and won a chance to write for Weiss Publishing, where Clayton was a copy chief.
That experienced launched her writing career. Today she’s a full-time freelance copywriter working with international investment research firms.
“I love Bootcamp,” says Chris. “Every year, I gain new viewpoints and copywriting techniques. Through the years, I’ve found new clients and made lifelong friends. It has become the place to see both friends and key people from the copywriting industry.”
“There’s no substitute for face-to-face conversations.”
As an engineer, Keith Trimels always knew he had a knack for making complicated things sound simpler. But little did he know that talent could morph into a successful six-figure writing career in the lucrative business-to-business market…
Until he came to an AWAI Bootcamp and started talking with writers like Bob Bly, Paul Lawrence, Clayton Makepeace, Parris Lampropoulus and others.
Today, Keith still dabbles in engineering and other pet projects. But he now brings in six figures annually from copywriting alone – much of it earned writing from “the sailboat of his dreams” off the coast of Mexico.
“There’s no substitute for face-to-face conversations. You get to see the other 85 percent of communication that occurs beyond words and tone.”
“Bootcamp helped me realize how big – and real – this opportunity is
Christina first used the copywriting skills she was learning through AWAI to build her own web-based side-business – and loved it so much she wanted to do nothing but write for a living.
Through AWAI, she met Rebecca Matter, which opened the door for Christina to write articles for AWAI’s Wealthy Web Writer web site. She attended AWAI’s FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair – and it wasn’t long until Christina became one of AWAI’s “go to” copywriters.
“I was earning money writing (before my first bootcamp), but was afraid to make the leap to freelancing,” Christina said. “Bootcamp helped me realize how big – and real – this opportunity is and that’s when my business really took off!”
How does a rocket scientist become a copywriter?
“80-hour weeks… the threat of layoffs… it was very taxing,” says Jon Stoltzfus. “So I asked myself, what can I do from home on the side to make money and learn a new career?”
Answer: copywriting! But it didn’t all start to come together for Jon until his first Bootcamp, where he made a point to introduce himself to a ton of industry experts and won a spec assignment with financial publisher Eagle Publishing – perfect for Jon since he’d long been a fan of financial newsletters.
Fast forward today – Jon’s working his dream job with Publisher Aaron DeHoog at Agora’s Banyan Hill publishing… earning as much as $500,000 a year as a financial copywriter.
“Bootcamp was a defining moment for me,” Jon says. “I won a spec [Copy Challenge] and that client sent me to another AWAI event where I met my second client. “Everything just cascaded from there. Quite literally the first spec assignment I did has directly led to every contract since.”
A Veritable “Who’s Who” of Direct Response
Get ready for three incredible days flooded with fantastic “real world” copywriting techniques from today’s top working copywriters. This powerhouse lineup of experts will help you speed through the learning curve presenting the core writing techniques and arm you with the confidence you need to start and grow your freelance copywriting career.
Your Discounted Registration
If you haven’t guessed by now — Bootcamp is far more than presentations from the industry’s top experts.
Here’s everything your FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp & Job Fair 2021 Event Pass entitles you to:
- Over 20 main stage expert presentations, workshops, special “niche” sessions and keynote presentations (with more to be announced) running from 7 a.m. in the morning until well into the evening hours…
- Free admittance to our industry-famous Job Fair, where companies, direct marketers and publishers large and small fly in from all over the country for the sole purpose of meeting you…
- Welcome & Overview session for First-Time Attendees – where you meet the AWAI team and learn how to get the most out of your 2021 Bootcamp experience…
- Book signings and “meet and greet” parties with many of our industry experts…
- Early access to a long list of Spec Assignments from companies and marketers from various niches looking for new writers..
- AWAI Spec Challenges you can write at submit prior to Bootcamp for a chance to win jobs, cash and be honored at our Awards Event…
- Daily “Morning Meditations” on the beach, with Annette Annechild (Rebecca and Katie’s personal meditation “coach”)
- Lobby Chats – informal conversations, Q&A’s with master copywriters and presenters throughout the event…
- Access to the AWAI Writer’s Lounge, where AWAI’s amazing Member Success team answer all your questions, introduce you to experts you’d like to meet and more…
- Informal network gatherings every evening at the Opal Main Bar…
- Our annual 2021 Bootcamp Pool Party – drinks, dancing and fun with AWAI staff and your fellow attendees…
- AWAI Awards Luncheon where you’ll enjoy “lunch on us” as we celebrate AWAI writing award winners (Want a chance to be honored? Simply enter one of many AWAI spec challenges you’ll learn about on your “Bootcamp Attendee Member’s Page” between now and Bootcamp!)
- All this and much, much more to be announced in the weeks ahead!
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The Opal Grand:
An Intimate Setting, on The Beach!
Less than a mile from AWAI’s offices, The Opal Grand (formerly the Delray Marriott) in Delray Beach, Florida has been the home of Bootcamp & Job Fair since Day One… when our very first event featured 15 attendees, a roll-down screen and an overhead projector.
These days Bootcamp packs the Opal’s main ballroom to the gills, selling out all 400 available seats every year, often months early.
Could we have more people by moving Bootcamp to a bigger venue that holds, say, 1,000 people or more? Absolutely…
But we won’t do it because it’s the intimacy of the Opal Grand that allows us to meet you… sit down and talk shop with you … buy you a drink at the bar… find out what your writing goals are and help you achieve them.
It’s easier to network with a smaller group… easier to make friends… easier to feel like you’re a part of something very special.
That’s why the Opal Grand is “home” to us and always will be.
*NOTE: Because it’s where it all happens, the Opal Grand is “hotel of choice” for most Bootcamp Attendees. If you haven’t locked up your spot at Bootcamp, be sure to do it now – before it fills up and the block of affordable rooms we’ve negotiated for attendees sells out.
And “What a Town for an May Get-Away!”
If you’re going to “get away” for an event like Bootcamp & Job Fair – we can’t think of a better town to visit… our hometown – Delray Beach.
With its famous all-public massive sandy beach and protective dunes… the fabulous dining and shopping on Atlantic Avenue… and the galleries and eateries you’ll discover in the famed “Pineapple Grove” Arts District just a short walk away…
There’s no place for a spring get-away like Delray Beach, where May days can be in the mid-70s and the ocean temperatures average 81 degrees.
And since Bootcamp ends on a Friday afternoon, why not do what a lot of attendees do: Stay the weekend… unwind… enjoy the weather and the sights!
Palm Beach International Airport
(27 minutes from venue)
Miami International Airport
The Opal Grand
10 N Ocean Blvd
Delray Beach, FL, 33483