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WSP 184 — Magazine and Feature Writing

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Nov 12—Nov 19
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Nov 5
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $280
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
On campus
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Nov 12—Nov 19
2 days
Drop By
Nov 5
1 Units
In this course, we will learn how to land the magazine and feature writing assignments that we most want. Key elements will include focusing on the most compelling and timely topics, designing great leads, and crafting and polishing our strongest prose. We will look at profile-writing techniques in the manner of Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell, and we will work toward researching and writing queries that will get our work noticed by top publications. Looking at the editorial needs of recently launched magazines such as Roads & Kingdoms and Lucky Peach, we will assess their desire to cover the newest topics or create a fresh angle on a classic story. Together, we will ask such questions as: What new sustainable food trends will last into next year? Or, what’s an original angle on a great destination for travel? How does a profile of someone illustrate a bigger story or issue? We will read and analyze articles, brainstorm and research topics, and then find new and creative angles on these subjects. Writing exercises will help students improve their writing skills, craft a query letter, and research an article. Tips and resources for getting published will be essential elements of the course as well.

Maria Finn, Author

Maria Finn is a regular contributor to Sunset magazine. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Afar, The New York Times, Wine Spectator, The Food & Environment Reporting Network, Saveur, PureWow, and Gastronomica, among others. She is the author of The Whole Fish, Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home, and A Little Piece of Earth: How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces. Her essays have been anthologized in The Best Food Writing 2006 and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007. She has taught at Hunter College, CUNY, and St. Francis College. Finn received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

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