In-person classes have a dedicated instructor to guide you, assignments to help you make progress, and evening meeting times to connect you with classmates. You’ll get a high level of attention and personalized feedback from your instructor while interacting with fellow students to form new connections. Classes include weekly lessons, workshopping, and assignments. There is also an ongoing online discussion forum where you can connect with your instructor and classmates between meeting sessions.
Write marketable essays for Web and print, coached by an award-winning opinion editor
- Wednesdays 6:45-9:45pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule
The Web has vastly increased opportunities for a freelance writer seeking to publish short essays on just about any subject. How can you get your voice into the mix? It takes a combination of skills: finding the sharpest, freshest idea; researching and shaping the most compelling, persuasive argument; and finding the right editor and publication to approach with the most compelling, persuasive pitch.
This course puts the overwhelming marketplace into focus by concentrating on the four categories of commentary that are most accessible to generalist writers: news commentary, social commentary, travel and memoir. By brainstorming, researching, refining and rewriting, students will complete an essay and a pitch that are ready for an editor’s eyes.
In this class, you will learn how to:
- Find and refine an idea in conversation with yourself and with others
- Research your subject with an eye toward shaping a fresh point of view
- Choose among various approaches to storytelling and argument-making
- Study publications not as a reader, but as a writer, to understand what editors are thinking
- Revise, rewrite and finish your essay
By the end of class, you will have:
A completed opinion essay and pitch letter, with a list of publications and editors to query.