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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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Learn the most effective methods for selling short nonfiction pieces (articles, essays, etc.) to magazines, newspapers, and websites from a professional freelancer.

Many writers make a living, or a portion of their living, by selling short nonfiction works on a freelance basis. The trick is to generate saleable ideas, match them perfectly to the right places, then write terrific query letters. In particular, you must know exactly which publications are appropriate for which ideas (and how to figure this out among the thousands of publications). We will show you how to execute each of these steps. We will also give you a realistic understanding of how you can begin a freelance career, move up the ladder in terms of prestige and pay, and manage your writing as a business.

Among the topics covered: overview of the market, how to generate saleable ideas, how to write great query letters, how to scope out and analyze potential targets, effective ways to make contact, how to send your materials, deciphering rejections, understanding contracts, making connections, managing the business side of writing.

This course focuses on the selling of short nonfiction pieces.

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Level I
Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction | 4-week Seminar

In this four-week course, a professional freelancer will walk you through the strategies for selling magazine and newspaper articles on a regular basis.

Using a balance of lecture and feedback from the instructor, this class gives students a firm grounding in how to start and maintain a freelance career. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.

Among the topics covered:

  • Overview of the market
  • How to generate saleable ideas
  • How to write great pitch letters
  • How to scope out and analyze potential targets
  • Effective ways to make contact
  • How to send your materials
  • Deciphering rejections
  • Understanding contracts
  • Managing the business side of writing

Students will have two opportunities to present a query letter to the instructor for feedback. Students will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of the instructor.

Class size is strictly limited to 25 students.

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Tuition: $159. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

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Feb 25 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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