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CW 78 — From Idea to Publication: Pitch Your Essays and Articles

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Gila Lyons
Duration: 2 days
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 11—Jul 18
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Thursdays
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Tuition: $220
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 4
 
Unit(s): 0
   
Enrollment Limit: 23
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Thursdays
Duration: 2 days
Time: 5:30—7:20 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 11—Jul 18
Unit(s): 0
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $220
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 4
 
Instructor(s): Gila Lyons
 
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 23
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
 
Have you written essays or articles that you’d like to publish but aren't sure how to get them in front of editors who can bring them to the public? Do you have ideas that you want to pitch to an editor but don’t know how to craft the query? In this course, you will learn how to package and sell your ideas and stories so your work reaches your target readership. We’ll explore the nitty-gritty of whom and how to pitch, addressing such questions as when to pitch for print or online, what constitutes a timely piece vs. an evergreen one, when it’s okay to write for free, whether to send a completed draft or just a pitch, how to tell if you're being compensated fairly, how to choose the right publication, and much more. Come prepared to hone your unique offerings as a writer, delve into what and whom you hope to influence with your work, and create or sharpen your pitches and queries. There will be opportunities to share your pitches and receive feedback and advice from the instructor and classmates. Come with publishing and pitching questions, ideas you want to develop, or work you want to pitch, and get ready to introduce your writing to the world.

GILA LYONS
Author

Gila Lyons is a nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Poets & Writers; Ploughshares; Brevity; Cosmopolitan; Health; Aeon; Vice; Vox; The Huffington Post; Salon; The Millions; and other publications. Her pieces have been anthologized in books and collections, most recently in About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times. Lyons's writing centers around health, mental health, and living a creative life, and her teaching focuses on personal essays, memoir, and creative nonfiction. Lyons received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia and teaches writing and literature at colleges, universities, and private workshops and writing retreats.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.