Magazine Writing

Learn how to get your work in top publications with an associate editor at Travel + Leisure

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  • Thursdays 6:45-9:45pm ET, 8 sessions full schedule

Discover how to work as a writer in a changing industry by completing two publishable pieces. This class will show you where opportunities are and which are right for you. You'll workshop two pieces in any format including news stories, roundups, services pieces, listicles, profiles, personal essays, interviews, and features.

In addition to writing and reporting exercises, we'll also show you the business side of getting published: where to pitch, how to query a publication, and how to work with editors so they'll want to work with you.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Create captivating stories editors will want and readers will love
  • Know which magazines and sections will buy your story
  • Craft compelling pitch letters
  • Approach editors and build relationships
  • Create content for online publications

By the end of class, you will have:

Two polished articles with corresponding pitch letters.

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is Staff Editor at This Old House, a Time Inc. magazine. She writes for Travel + Leisure (where she was an editor for seven years), InStyle, Yahoo Travel, and Endless Vacation, and has also been published in Lonny, Architectural Digest (Germany), Ladies' Home Journal, GOODNational Geographic Traveler, Budget TravelSpirit, and many other magazines. KOE has appeared as a guest on local and national television programs (including MSNBC, CBS, the Travel Channel, and the Weather Channel with Al Roker) and spoken at industry conferences.  In her spare time, she teaches magazine writing classes at Mediabistro.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ThePluckyOne.

testimonials
  • "Kathryn was a phenomenal instructor with loads of experience under her belt! Prior to my taking this class, I had never pitched a story to a magazine. Kathryn walked us through the entire process--from formulating ideas, to figuring out who to pitch, to drafting perfect and professional pitches, to the correct protocol for following up with magazine editors post-pitch, to collecting pay. I now feel confident and comfortable pitching to any type of magazine."

    Allison Cerilli

  • "I've taken a lot of writing classes--in person and online--and by far, Kathryn is the best teacher I've had. She was very approachable, knowledgeable, and encouraging. She was excited to help us, to see our work get published, and her excitement was contagious. She helped us believe in our projects and in ourselves as writers. Confidence is hard to teach but Kathryn has mastered it."

    Daniela Petrova

  • "The fact that Kathryn is a working editor helping out aspiring magazine writers says it all. Kathryn is a true professional with a strong desire to help her students succeed in pitching and publishing their stories. Kathryn cared about each of us on a personal level.  She wanted all of us to develop our skills and become successful at pitching and placing our stories."

    Ricky Martin