Writing about Parenting

Blog and write for magazines and websites

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 8-9pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Learn how to make the current climate in both publishing and parenting work for you. We'll explore the different outlets available to parenting writers, from blogs to websites to magazines, as well as the story ideas and formats that editors are looking for. Learn the nuts and bolts of researching, writing, and revising a parenting story. We'll also show you how blog posts, magazine stories, and newspaper stories differ, and how to develop strong relationships with your editors. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Mine your life, experience, and connections for ideas
  • Define yourself as a parenting writer
  • Identify which market is right for you -- magazines, blogs, or websites
  • Target your pitches
  • Research topics and identify sources

By the end of class, you will have:

Two stories with pitch letters, a list of targeted venues for publication, and a strategy for getting published.

Elizabeth Shaw is the Integrated Content Director of Parent & Child . She was previously editor-in-chief of Scholastic, and before that was the executive editor at Parenting magazine, where she directed editorial operations for both Parenting Early Years and Parenting School Years. During her three years with the magazine, she co-launched Parenting School Years, created multi-platform franchises, and managed and edited the brand’s book series. The magazine won two 2010 Eddie Awards for best consumer magazine series and best single article in the parenting category under her direction.