Getting Published: The Secrets of Structure and Self-Editing
Instructor: Laura Fraser
Number of sessions: 3
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: Sept. 20 – Oct. 3
Course fee: $175
To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable.
Description: How do you get published? Learn what the pros know: It’s all about how you structure a story. This class will teach you what editors look for in an article: clarity and organization. Beyond figuring out what makes a compelling beginning and end, what do you do with the middle of an article? How do you create a clear and cohesive piece out of a mountain of research, quotes and notes? How do you work your way up to an epiphany in an essay? Each week, we will deconstruct a different types of writing: the front-of-the-book magazine short, the essay or “department”-length piece, the feature article, and the memoir or non-fiction book. Students will write a short piece, beginning with a great beginning, an outline, a clear structure, and a snappy finish.
Instructor Bio: Laura Fraser is the author of the memoirs An Italian Affair and All Over the Map. She has published thousands of articles in such publications as the New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, Vogue, Wired, Afar, and many others. Laura has taught magazine writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and at many other venues.