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Turn Your Passions into Paychecks
Write and Sell Feature Articles to Newspapers and Magazines

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

This event is hosted in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Chapter of the Womens' National Book Association.

This event will take place via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you a few days before the class starts.

Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]

Do you find yourself wildly curious about the world? Love talking to strangers about their fields of expertise? Writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines allows you to dive deeply into fascinating topics and get paid for the adventure.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to come up with feature article ideas, and how to find and interview expert sources. Participants will learn how to identify and approach magazine and newspaper editors with a story pitch, and how to craft a feature article. A bibliography will include numerous professional resources so that you can immediately start pitching and writing feature articles.

Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and author—most recently—of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tween and Teens (Penguin/Random House, 2019). Her articles have appeared in Real Simple, The Washington Post, Parents, Working Mother, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Find out more at www.melissahart.com

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email [email protected] at least 10 days prior to the class to receive a full refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.


MI Members $79
Public $99
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