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'll examine and break down published work, and by the end of the class, you will be able to identify the parts and structure of what makes an essay appealing to a mainstream pub. Feel free to bring in something you're working on for feedback, but it's not required. You'll go home with handouts for reference, a cohesive list of potential markets, and — hopefully — plenty of inspiration.

GrubStreet, Boston, MA
Saturday, June 23, 2018
10:00 AM-5:00 PM


"I learned more from this class than in an entire semester of nonfiction class at Emerson College."

"Britni was the most informative instructor I have ever had. Spot on with every word -- no, I am not exaggerating -- being useable information. Every question was succinctly answered. Class timing was perfect. And she seemed to do a great job addressing everyone's varied places on the spectrum of essay writing and what they personally wanted to accomplish. If there were a 10, she'd have mine!"

"The seminar was well-organized, and followed a very well-thought-out progression to help make things understandable. The instructor answered questions very clearly. It was truly amazing- I had absolutely no notion of the amount of work that goes into trying to publish essays! I learned so much."


How To Be A Journalist Without J-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, and you'll come out feeling equipped to go forth and find a story to tell.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00 AM-12:00 PM