Writing and Editing for the Web

Write knockout copy and launch a career in online content

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  • Discussions Tuesdays 9-10pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, almost anyone can publish content online. The trick is getting people to read what you write -- and pay you for doing it.

This course will show you how to write, edit, and produce engaging online content.

We'll discuss how to thrive in a high-tech medium with the editorial skills you already have. We'll highlight the main differences between writing and editing for the Web versus print. We'll also talk about the trends in online journalism and what they mean for professional writers and editors.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the basics of usability including rules to follow when creating your site
  • Navigate your blog presence
  • Use message boards, social networks, and online communities to find sources
  • Come up with interactive elements for your Web content
  • Understand emerging trends, including online video, social networking, and microblogging

By the end of class, you will have:

The skills to write engaging Web content that connects with readers and expands your audience.

Sarah Stodola has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Awl, Conde Nast Traveler, Slate, and Forbes Traveler. Previously, she worked as an editor at The Fiscal Times, a publication she helped launch and develop from the ground up. In 2009 and 2010, Sarah also served as an adjunct scholar for the literary journal Lapham's Quarterly. She is the author of the book Process:The Writing Lives of Great Authors, due out in summer 2014.