Publication Pitch Crash Course

with Zan Romanoff in Hancock Park

Hancock Park
Two Saturdays
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
August 10 and 17, 2019

In this two-day seminar, students will learn the basics of how to pitch, publish and get paid for their work online. If you've got an essay you've been meaning to put out there, or an idea you want motivation to pursue, this class is for you. The first session will focus on the basics of the pitch process: learning who to contact and what to say to them. We'll discuss what makes an effective story in terms of subject and scope and brainstorm some ideas. During the week in between meetings, students will write up a pitch and the first page of their piece, which we will workshop as a group in the second session. Students will leave with a polished pitch, a direction for their writing, and suggestions for editor contacts at major publications to get them started selling their writing online.

This class will take place in Hancock Park, where coffee, tea, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$190 for new students; $170 for returning students.

We have a special summer deal for new students! Enroll in What's the Point? and
Publication Pitch Crash Course together and pay the returning student rate for both.

Have an essay ready to pitch and publish in four Saturdays! Visit our Enroll page
to sign up for both classes and take advantage of this offer. A $40 discount!


Zan Romanoff is a full-time freelance writer and author of the novels A Song to Take the World Apart (2016) and Grace and the Fever (2017). Two more books, Look and a currently untitled project, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Her nonfiction has appeared online and in print in Allure, Buzzfeed, Elle, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, Lucky Peach, The New Republic, and The Paris Review Daily, among other outlets. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.



"Grace and the Fever is a clear-eyed portrait of 'the girls of the internet' . . . a YA novel that does the fangirl justice." —The Verge

"[Grace and the Fever is a] smart, warm, feminist ode to anyone who has ever been eighteen, made a mess of their own life, spent their late night hours on Tumblr, or loved a band so much it hurt." —Katie Coyle, Vivian Apple at the End of the World

"[In A Song to Take the World Apart], Zan Romanoff has created a hypnotic, lush coming of age story about what it means to have a voice.” —Emily Gould, Friendship

"With its dark sexiness, moody LA atmosphere, and fresh take on age-old legends, A Song to Take the World Apart will lure readers into its grip and keep them there.” —Bennett Madison, September Girls