New York City/Zoom classes
The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. But many of the topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.
The Well-Tempered Article: Concept. Reporting. Structure. The human factor. Professionalism.
Idea Machine: Infinite angles. Timeliness. Idea stimulators. Be systematic.
Reporting for Gold: Homework. Interviewing. Hanging around. Facts and human factor. Using what you have.
Focus: Calibrating the angle. Finding the theme. Focusing on angle and theme.
Story Elements: Scene. Characters. Emotion. Humor.
Story Structure: Classic storytelling. Chronology. Blocks. Suspense. Unconventional structure.
Point of View: First person. Second person. Third person.
Branching Out: Saleables—advice, roundup, really short, front of book. Personal takes—opinion, memoir, personal essay, reviews, columns, blogs. Bonus features—graphics, charts, graphs, sidebars. Books.
Pitch Like a Pro: Fundamentals—a great idea, match the publication, pitching. Insider stuff—know people, be the one, time-sensitive stories, dexterity.
Read Me: Clarity. Concreteness. Nouns and verbs. Rhythm. Flair.
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.