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EGL 142 WB — Magazine Writing: Being Pitch Perfect

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 31—Sep 1
Drop Deadline: Aug 8
Unit: 1
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): Justin Bergman
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Jul 31—Sep 1
5 weeks
Drop By
Aug 8
1 Unit
Justin Bergman
Have you ever browsed a magazine rack at a bookstore and thought, who are all the writers who fill the pages of these publications? And could I ever become one? There’s no secret to becoming a freelance magazine writer—develop a winning idea, know how to sell it, and then follow through with a compelling, well-written story. In this course, you will gain the necessary practical skills—and learn a few secrets of the trade—to help you sell your first magazine piece, from identifying what makes a good story to developing a pitch an editor won’t want to turn down. You will also learn a variety of magazine-writing styles. We will produce a short-form, front-of-book piece (lifestyle, travel, business/tech) and a longer-form feature or essay for a print magazine or online publication. We will do all of the editing and revising in workshop, so the feedback will come from your fellow students as well as your instructor. By the end of the course, you should have a polished pitch and a couple of pieces ready to send out for possible publication.

Although the time commitment for an online writing course is dependent upon one’s degree of participation, students should plan on investing four to six hours per week in order to gain substantial benefit from the course.

This course covers the same material as EGL 142 WA.

Justin Bergman, Freelance Journalist

Justin Bergman has been an editor at Time and Budget Travel magazines. In addition to being a correspondent for Monocle magazine, he has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Financial Times, Modern Farmer, New York, Elle Decor, and the BBC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Kelly James Enger, Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success (ISBN 1599635496)