THURSDAYS, APR. 8 – MAY 20 | From gorgeous glossies to edgy news sites, magazines captivate readers and shape our culture. All of them are looking for great writers. In this course, you’ll learn to weave the stories that editors crave. We will guide you through each step to creating your own major magazine article: finding a story idea; selecting the right magazine to publish the story; honing your pitch; identifying and approaching sources; interviewing; handling anecdotes, quotes and statistics; choosing a structure; and crafting leads, middles and endings. The course will include time outside class reporting and writing, time in-class in workshops with your peers, and reading assignments. You’ll finish the class ready to launch your magazine writing career.
Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Alissa Greenberg is a full-time freelance journalist, reporting stories at the intersection of community, culture, science, and business. She’s pitched—and published—work online and in print at The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Roads & Kingdoms, among others.
Laird Harrison’s career has spanned three continents and just about every genre of writing. He has endured teargas for Reuters, traced the footsteps of a murderer for Time, covered medical breakthroughs for Discover and documented soccer cheers for KQED. Always on the lookout for alternative paradigms, he described efforts to revive an indigenous California language for a Smithsonian video and investigated polyamory for Salon. He has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and Mediabistro.
Number of sessions: 7
Date: Thursdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $449 through April 1; $499 thereafter