Women's Magazine Writing

Pitch and publish in women's magazines with the health director of Family Circle

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  • Discussions Tuesdays 8-9pm ET, 10 sessions full schedule

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"
  • Find sources
  • 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.

As the health director at Family Circle magazine, Lynya Floyd develops content to improve the well-being of its 18 million readers. An award-winning journalist and dedicated editor, she has spent the past fifteen years working at a variety of women's magazines including Glamour, Essence, Seventeen, Heart & Soul and Parenting. She co-edited ESSENCE’s The Black Woman’s Guide To Healthy Living and her features have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Money and newspapers across the country. Floyd received her B.A. in English from Harvard University.