Irene Zabytko




Last updated on May 24, 2018.


Our website, and all WRITING WISDOM related services and products take your privacy seriously; we want you to understand how we do and don’t use information about you. We’ve set this Privacy Policy up to communicate about data collection and usage with users of digital platforms — which include this website, our apps, and any embeddable content that we may make available for display on outside websites or digital platforms now or in the future.


Please note that may include links to third party sites or services, such as social media platforms, and sites or services owned or controlled by other production partners. This Privacy Policy does not cover any third party sites or services, or your use of them; we suggest that you review those sites’ policies to learn more about their privacy practices.


How We Collect and Use Information


We Collect Some Information Directly


On certain occasions when you interact with – e.g., by signing up for as a subscriber newsletter, buying books or other services, joining our webinars etc. – you may submit information of your own accord, or be asked to do so to participate in certain activities. Some examples of information that you submit and we collect may include:


oName and login information

oEmail address

oMailing address

oYour phone number

oResponses to surveys or contests

oPhotos or videos

oComments on articles or blogs


In this Privacy Policy, we will refer to this type of personally identifiable information as “Personal Information.” is based in the United States. If you voluntarily submit Personal Information to us while located or residing in a country outside the United States, you understand that you are voluntarily agreeing to the use and processing of such information as provided in this Privacy Policy, including transfer of your information to the United States, a jurisdiction which may not offer the same framework for the protection of personal information as the jurisdiction in which you are located.


We Collect Some Information Automatically uses cookies and other tagging or tracking technologies that interact with your browser to increase our digital functionality and offer responsive elements based on your and other users’ actions (e.g., to store your preferences and understand your platform use patterns).


When you use or interact with, we may automatically recognize information like your IP address, what type of device you’re using, high-level location information (e.g., city or state), and your user behavior (such as how long you stay on the website and which links you click on).


Some of the third party vendors that we use at times to provide services on (e.g. analytics) may also use their own tracking technologies on our digital properties to help us run and optimize our platforms. These third parties may collect information about your online activities over time and across the and other online properties.


How We Process, Store and Use Personal Information


We only collect Personal Information as discussed above – and use the Personal Information we receive within or through and family of services for purposes disclosed in this Privacy Policy or in connection with your submission of information.


In general, our main purpose in collection, use, and storage of information is to further our mission by making work better for you and by staying in touch with you about related events or offerings that may interest you. So, for example, we may email to invite you to join a new webinar, or send an announcement regarding a new publication or podcast or writing event, or send you complimentary products either upon joining as a subscriber, or thereon. Our usage of your Personal Information is necessary for our legitimate interest in and purpose of staying in touch with you and administering and promoting


If you do not wish to be contacted, please indicate your preference when you submit your contact information – by opting out on the opt-out links provided at the bottom of our emails and blogs or by contacting us at [email protected] We will do our best to make your requested change in a timely manner.


Please do note that if you share Personal Information through certain publishing, webinar or podcasting features, it may become public (e.g. if you include your email address in a comment or your name in a content submission, that information may be seen by other users or used for attribution).


Aggregated and De-Identified Information


We may use information that has been aggregated and anonymized or de-identified to assess and improve the, including to enhance your user experience, to select third-party vendors who best meet our needs, and to help foundation and corporate funders and sponsors better understand our audience. We may sometimes produce data and analysis results with this aggregated or anonymized information that help us understand our users and their interactions with To accomplish this we may share aggregated or anonymized information with third parties – and may also share the resulting data and analysis (which will not include any Personal Information).


Opting Out of Tracking


If you wish to disable cookies and other use-tracking technologies, your browser settings may enable you to do so. Please be aware, though, that disabling cookies may change or reduce the functionality of  in certain contexts (e.g., we will not be able to store your subscription preferences). Users who wish to opt out of Google Analytics data collection may use Google’s own browser add-on to do so.


We may sometimes work with third parties, including sponsors, who serve ads on the  that are based on their assessment of your personal interests and browsing history (on and elsewhere). The tracking technologies used by such third parties are subject to their own privacy policies, and we are not involved in or responsible for their activities or use of any data they collect. If you do not want to see personalized advertising, you may seek to opt out by visiting


Information Security and Storage  uses industry standard physical, digital, and training-based security measures to protect user information against theft and misuse. All website related materials are protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security features. ’s collection and handling of payment information is PCI-compliant. MORE




We May Share Information in Limited Circumstances

With Vendors


As noted above, we may engage outside companies to help us develop, operate, and improve . Our third party vendors receive Personal Information only as reasonably necessary to complete services for, and are contractually bound to maintain confidentiality of information and prohibited from using or disclosing Personal Information without permission from In certain instances, we may agree to allow a vendor to use aggregated data about activity on the for general improvement or benchmarking purposes – but only where this data is anonymized or de-identified, so none of our users can be identified from it as individuals.


For Mailing Lists


It is policy not to sell or exchange email addresses or phone numbers with any other company or organization. If we ever do want to share this information with someone else (e.g., if we collect your email while ticketing an event and want to share with our co-presenter), we will ask for your permission.


As Required By Law


If we determine on a good faith basis that we are required by law (e.g., pursuant to a subpoena or judicial order) to share your personal or other information, we will endeavor to share it only to the extent we determine is reasonably necessary to comply with the request.

Other Sites and Services


As we mentioned previously, our digital platforms contain links to third party sites and services that may not follow the same privacy practices as In some cases, the sites may also include embedded tools or widgets that are provided and controlled by third parties, or that permit you to submit information to third parties (e.g., the Facebook “like” button). These services and tools – and any third party sites that you reach from links on  – are governed by the terms and policies of those third parties. Please review these sites’ and services’ privacy policies for more information.


Children Under 13 Years of Age does not knowingly solicit or collect information from children ages 12 and under without obtaining explicit parental consent. If you become aware that your child (who is under 13) has provided us with information without your consent, please contact us; upon request, we will work to delete your child’s Personal Information from our files within a reasonable time.


Access to Your Information


Because we value the longevity of our relationships with our supporters, we do generally retain user information in our database. If you would like to access, transfer, review, or correction of or to your Personal Information, or to request that it be deleted or restricted in use, please contact us at [email protected] — depending on your location or country of residence, you may have a legal right to make these requests and to contact supervisory authorities if you are not satisfied with our response.


Changes to Privacy Policy may change and update this Policy from time to time. We will post Policy updates to this page, and may send notify members of our mailing lists of changes by email as well; will email users who have registered login information at the email address associated with their account. We will not post updates or send email notification regarding changes to the third party vendors which may be updated from time to time. Any changes will only take effect prospectively from the date of the change; continued use of  constitutes consent to any new Policy.


Contact Information


You may find our contact information at:’t forget. If you have any questions or requests related to your Personal Information or this Privacy Policy, please fill out the form on that website page.