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.
From Glamour to Good Housekeeping to theknot.com, women's magazines and websites are among the most lucrative and high-profile markets. In this intensive workshop, you will learn how to wow editors with the stories they want (and need).
Each week, you'll produce a different story, each a type of article that is a mainstay at women's magazines and websites. You'll also workshop pitch letters, editing them to perfection to ensure they get read by editors. Your goal in this class is to pitch articles immediately after workshopping them. The pieces that you will complete include a short service piece, a Q & A, a health article, a personal essay, a long service piece, and a human interest piece (an "as told to" or narrative).
In this class, you will learn how to:
Write in the voice of the magazine or website in which you want to be published
Know which sections are easiest to break into and are most "freelancer-friendly"
Rewrite and self-edit
Connect with other writers in the industry
By the end of class, you will have:
A complete portfolio of publishable articles that will impress any editor.
Sarah Smith is a deputy editor at Redbook, where she oversees the Body (health, nutrition, and fitness) and Life (relationships, travel, money, and more) sections. She also spent 8 years at the National Magazine Award–winning Parenting and was the editorial director of the bi-monthly magazine KIWI, where she edited the cookbook Allergy Friendly Food for Families. Sarah has 15 years of experience helping writers turn pitches and ideas into great essays, features, and short articles.
"I learned so much from this course and really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and my classmates. I've already put the skills I acquired to use. Sarah was terrific -- knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful in any way she could be. She made it clear that she's interested in developing relationships with writers and serving as a contact."