How to Pitch, Publish, and Get Paid

with Katharine Gammon & Mallory Pickett in Santa Monica

Eight Tuesdays
7:30 to 9:30 pm
October 15 to December 10, 2019
(with no class on November 26)

If you're interested in pitching nonfiction freelance pieces (anything from op-eds to memoir to reported features) or learning how to launch yourself as a full-time writer, this eight-week workshop will give you the tools you need. Each week, students will read pieces from an internet publication and then be asked to write a pitch for something they think would fit with the publication's editorial style; they will also write and workshop pieces throughout the course. Class discussion will take on traditional craft matters like form and structure as well as tips and tricks for meeting editors, pitching them stories they want, and creating a sustainable business. The goal is for each participant to leave the class with several well-crafted pitches and one polished piece, ideas for where to publish, and the skills to earn money as a writer.   

This class will take place in Santa Monica, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$520 for new students; $480 for returning students
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Katharine Gammon is a full-time freelance writer, mostly covering science, environment and technology. Her work has appeared online and in print in The Atlantic, Esquire, Wired, Newsweek, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Scientific American, among other outlets. She has also appeared on stage as part of Story Collider, a science-based storytelling show. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two young sons.

Mallory Pickett is a freelance journalist with a background in analytical and marine chemistry. She left the lab in 2014 to pursue journalism full time, and since then has written for The New York Times Magazine, WIRED, The Guardian, and many other publications. She earned a master’s in chemistry from UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley.