Mediabistro instructors are all active, working professionals at the top of their fields teaching the latest industry trends. Every class includes live interaction, personalized feedback, and a focus on completing professional-quality work.
Online classes have a dedicated instructor, assignments, live video discussions, and open forums. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students. If you can’t join live, discussions and materials are archived for you to view at any time.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS You will need access to a computer and speakers or headphones to participate.
This intensive course is designed for writers, editors, and bloggers who want to produce more content to advance their career and add to a body of published work. Class will operate like a writer's workshop. Each week you will turn your ideas into a fully-executed article fit for publication, and you'll create the pitch letters to match.
In this class, you will learn how to:
Draft a pitch an editor can't turn down
Understand the audience of a publication - and tailor your article accordingly
Discover which magazines, websites, and blogs are most freelancer friendly
Understand the difference between a good idea and a good article
Edit yourself and manage tight deadlines
By the end of class, you will have:
A service or how-to piece, an arts and culture review, a profile, a metro section piece, an editorial, a business or news article, a personal essay, and multiple pitch letters.
Julia Dahl's feature articles have appeared in Salon, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Columbia Journalism Review, O, The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen, Miller-McCune, Slate, and the New York Post. Prior to becoming a full-time freelancer, she was an editor at Redbook and Marie Claire. Julia has a masters in journalism from American University and spent two years as deputy managing editor of TheCrimeReport.org. She is currently a writer/producer at CBSNews.com's Crimesider website.
"I've sold three pieces that we workshopped in class and have four more ready to pitch. This course was the closest thing to J-school without the tuition."
"My first piece just came out in Woman's Day, and I've sold 3 more stories for inclusion in upcoming issues. The course has already more than paid for itself."
Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter
"Julia is a seasoned expert and her approachable demeanor put all members of the class at ease. This was a terrific course!"
"I finished the course with 5 solid writing assignments that are all circulating with editors at major magazines now."
"Julia was exceptionally great. She's very knowledgeable in this market, very generous in sharing her insights, and took great care in giving meaningful and encouraging feedback."
"Julia was a true inspirational mentor. I've read a lot of books on magazine writing and was amazed how much more I learned from this class."
"Julia gave us great insight into freelancing. I ended up selling my first assignment to Pregnancy."
"Julia made us all feel more confident. In fact, I've already sold a piece to Self."
"Julia has inspired me in my writing and in my career. Everyone should take a course with her!"
"Julia is a fantastic editor. She's constructive, supportive, and she knows how to make your work better. She knows the business, and offers invaluable insight on how to write for magazines."
"Julia was everything you would want from an instructor. She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, thoughtful, and fun!"
"I left the class with several articles, one of which was accepted by a major NYC publication. Take this class. You won't be disappointed."