Getting Noticed in the Publishing World: Strategies for Pitching Editors, Agents, and Publishers with Ethan Watters & Laura Fraser Saturday 7/14

Laura Fraser

Ethan Watters (Photo by Chris Hardy)

Instructor: Laura Fraser and Ethan Watters
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Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: 9 am until 1 pm. Bagels and coffee start at 9:00; session starts at 9:30.
Dates: Saturday, July 14

Course fee: $150, $75 deposit required to regis

To register, contact an instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: Getting a piece of writing published can seem daunting in a world where editors routinely ignore emails and publishers and agents seem like they might as well be living on another planet. How do you break in? Veteran magazine journalists and authors Ethan Watters and Laura Fraser have experience landing assignments and book contracts at prestigious national magazines and publishers. Over the course of this morning seminar, they will talk about how to come up with winning ideas for articles and books, how to pitch them to an editor or agent, and how to negotiate with editors to stay true to your vision and yourself—without driving them mad. This class is appropriate for beginners who want to tip their toes into the publishing world as well as experienced writers who are having trouble reaching the editors and breaking into the publishing markets they aspire to they aspire to they aspire to they aspire to. Come with three ideas for magazine articles or books and we will help you hone them so you can have success getting them out in the world.

Instructor Bios: Laura Fraser is an award-winning essayist and the author of the memoirs An Italian Affair and All Over the Map. Her articles have appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, the New York Times, More, Ladies’ Home Journal,, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, Tricycle Buddhist Review, and many other publications, including Best Food Writing and Best Women’s Travel Writing anthologies. Laura has taught magazine writing at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and at many other venues. Ethan Watters has been a freelance writer for 20 years. He has taught non-fiction writing at Berkeley, Stanford and California College of the Arts. He’s written for The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, Outside, Esquire, Discover, Spin, Mother Jones, GQ, Details, HG, and San Francisco Magazine, among other national and regional publications. He has also created pieces for This American Life. He has written four books: Making Monsters, Therapy’s Delusions, Urban Tribes, and Crazy Like Us.  In 1994 he co-founded the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.