Journalism Workshop: From Idea to Story (with Anisse Gross and Yukari Kane)

Anisse Gross

Yukari Iwatani Kane




WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 28  | Do you understand the basics of journalism but aren’t sure how to take a story from idea to publication? Do you feel daunted by the idea of pulling together a story? Do you have an idea you want to work on, but haven’t been able to muster the time or focus to work on it?

In this seven-week course, you will develop reporting and writing skills by taking an idea and turning it into a finished story. This class will be taught in tandem by Anisse Gross and Yukari Iwatani Kane, both experienced journalists working in the field. At the end of the class, you will have two weeks to submit a revised draft that will be personally edited by Anisse or Yukari.

This class is geared towards beginning to intermediate writers and is an ideal follow-up to The Six-week Journalism Lab course, The Writer in You, The Freelance Bootcamp, The Art of Interviewing, or any other introductory writing/journalism course.

Week 1: Developing Your Story Idea and Reporting Plan
Week 2: The Basics of Reporting: Research, Observation and Interview
Week 3: Elements of Narrative
Weeks 4 & 5: Writing Your Story
Week 6: The Revision Workshop
Week 7: Learn to Write a Pitch

Please note: This seven-week course incorporates five class sessions. During weeks 4 and 5, students will be working on reporting and writing their story instead of coming to class.


Anisse Gross is an award-winning freelance writer and editor. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. from San Francisco State University, where she was honored with the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in, The New York Times, The Guardian, Quartz, San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Lucky Peach, BuzzFeed, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Edible Hudson Valley, and elsewhere.

Yukari Kane is the author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs (HarperCollins). A veteran journalist with nearly fifteen years of experience, she wrote about Apple during the last years of Steve Jobs’s reign for the Wall Street Journal and broke many stories, including the news about the CEO’s liver transplant. Before that, Yukari was a correspondent in Tokyo. She started her career at Reuters and U.S. News and World Report. She teaches at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and at San Quentin state prison.


Number of sessions: 5 (over a 7 week period, incorporating two non-classroom weeks for writing and reporting)

Time: 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31; February 21, 28 (no class on February 7 & 14)

Course fee: $450

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