TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 24 —OCTOBER 1-8 | For a freelance journalist, essayist, nonfiction writer, or marketing professional, pitch letters not only generate work but also can help open doors, build new relationships, or kickstart a career. A great pitch has power, but crafting one, targeting it to the right publication, and getting it in front of the right person isn’t simple. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have a well-honed pitch letter ready to go.
In this class, you’ll gain new insights into what editors are looking for and learn new ways to make your pitch letters as compelling as possible. Each class will include tips on sharpening your story ideas and presenting them to editors, plus focused and constructive workshopping of student pitches. We’ll also talk about generating ideas, how to find the right editor at the right title, and the kind of perseverance it takes to prevail in an extremely competitive environment. Even if you’ve never published before, you can still pitch and sell pieces—especially armed with the skills you’ll learn in this class.
With two decades of freelance experience, Mark Wallace‘s pitch letters have landed his byline in publications from the New York Times Magazine to The New Yorker, Wired, Salon, Fast Company and many others. He has reported from five continents, on everything from technology to politics, finance, culture, and the arts.
Number of sessions: 3
Dates: Tuesdays, September 24; October 1-8
Time: 5:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Course fee: $225