Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications

Building a platform has become a successful avenue towards landing an agent or securing a book deal. One way to help build your platform is by publishing work in mainstream venues where your voice and stories will get noticed. Pitching essays to newspapers and print and online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to pitch essays, target market audiences, and adapt your work to appeal to mainstream publications. We will examine and break down published work as a way to identify the elements and structure of what makes an essay appealing to mainstream places. Feel free to bring in something that you are working on for feedback, though it is not required. You will go home with handouts for reference, a cohesive list of potential markets, and plenty of inspiration!

GrubStreet, Boston, MA
Friday, December 15, 2017
10:00 AM-5:00 PM


How to be a Journalist Without Journalism School

Have you always wanted to write reported stories? This 6-week class will lay the groundwork for how to break into journalism, from how to find stories to how to pitch them, from how to seek sources to basic journalism ethics. We'll start at the beginning, & you'll come out feeling equipped to go forth and find a story to tell.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
Tuesdays, beginning January 16, 2018
10:00 AM-12:00 PM


Loving a Sport That Doesn't Love You Back: Baseball's Tumultuous Relationship With Women Fans

The sport of baseball has a complicated history with the women in their stands. From fighting for their right just to be spectators to being pandered to with offensive and sexist promotions or forgotten altogether, baseball hasn't always done right by the women who love the sport. This lecture will trace the path of the female fan from the turn of the 20th century, when baseball was professionalized, to the current day, when the league is trying to do better but still comes up short. Women in the stands have a rich history and have been a major part of baseball's story, even if they're often left out of the telling.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
11:00 AM-12:00 PM