So you want to be a published writer – but the process of pitching your work has you paralyzed?

Or maybe you’ve sent a few successful queries, but you’re having a hard time getting into the groove of writing and pitching regularly?

Get Pitching, Get Published is for you!

This four-week session will walk you through every step of coming up with story ideas, researching potential publications to pitch, introducing yourself to editors, writing queries, negotiating fees and contracts, navigating the editing process, and more.

Best yet, I’ll be there every step of the way to guide you, answer questions, and help you stay on track as you go from idea, to pitch, to assignment! 

Want to write for major magazines and websites? See where my former students are publishing their work now!

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Here’s just a sampling of the topics we’ll cover in class:

The Basics

  • What are editors looking for in a query?
  • How do writers get regular blogging gigs?
  • How do I get clips if I don’t have any clips?
  • Just what IS a clip, anyway?

 The Possibilities

  • Exploration of the different kinds of paid writing: service/how-to, investing trends, exploring news and studies, essays, blogging jobs, etc.
  • Students will learn how to research new markets and how to find and approach editors
  • Assignments will include market research, goal-setting activities, and exercises to help writers identify their strengths and the topics they are most interested in and qualified to write about

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The Process

  • Students will learn the difference between researching, writing, and sourcing a service story, investigative story, essay, and blog post
  • Session will cover what makes an essay different from a blog post and the importance of finding a universal theme or hook when writing essays
  • Students will learn how to find ideas via their family experiences, by keeping an ear to the ground for what parents are talking about, and by using online resources
  • Rejection: how to turn it into opportunity
  • Discussion of the difference between generalization and specialization and how to narrow focus, either by topic or type of story, in order to make the most impact from investment of time
  • Students will learn about the importance of building relationships with editors and how to do so
  • Class will explore options for monetizing a personal blog

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The Business

  • Students will learn about the importance of following up and how to do it gracefully
  • Exploration of networking, conferences, and relationship-building
  • Marketing for writers: how to create a professional image, online, in person, and via your work
  • Students will learn how to build momentum and how to use small successes as stepping stones to larger successes

Cost: $275. Tuition may be payed in two installments, with the balance due on February 2.

After completing Get Pitching, Get Published, students have the option of moving on to Writing Intensive, a highly individualized and hands-on course that will help you take your writing career to the next level. Sign up now to lock in the Writing Intensive class at an early-bird rate!

This class has been very popular in the past, so don’t wait to sign up!

Questions about the class? Contact Meagan at meaganfrancis@gmail.com

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Get Pitching, Get Published! starts on Monday, February 2 and runs for four weeks. Group chats with Meagan will be held on Wednesdays from 9:00  – 10:00 PM EST. Chats are not mandatory but can be a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions and get to know their classmates. Ongoing discussion will take place in a private online forum and will offer an opportunity for camaraderie and community-building with other writers.

Class size is limited, so register soon.


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