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Breaking into Magazine Writing

pepperforwebsite15 Tuesdays, 7/14-8/18 (skip 7/21), 7-9:30 p.m. REGISTER
$185 members/$215 non-members San Francisco

ATTENTION: CLASS CANCELLED. We might be able to reschedule it later in the session. If you are interested, please send an email to jane@writingsalons.com, letting her know this.

“I’ve done stories on everything from home computers — back when only three companies were making them — to a portrait of the Sherman House (a landmark hotel that survived the 1906 earthquake) to a profile of the Emmy Award-winning sound engineer who worked on Basic Instinct,” says Cary Pepper. “But my favorite piece is probably the one I did about a new reading program for kindergartners; the kids pulled me right into the class and I learned more that one day than I ever learned in kindergarten. That’s one of the things I love most about magazine writing — it’s a constant learning process. It gives you a license to probe into how the world — and the people in it — work. It’s also the most accessible way to break into professional writing. Even when you have no publishing credits, if you come up with the right idea, and pitch it to the right editor at the right time, you can get the assignment.”

In this class Cary will provide a nuts-and-bolts workshop on how to get that assignment. You’ll also cover: How to get ideas…how to determine your market…why the query letter is as important (sometimes more!) than the actual article…how to write a query editors will read (and you’ll write one, and receive feedback on it, in class)…the rules of the game (and when to break them)…getting rejected (and how to handle it)…getting accepted (and how to handle THAT!)…dealing with editors… being professional…using one article to get the next assignment…and putting yourself out there as a freelance magazine writer.”

At the end of your five weeks, you’ll leave with a keen understanding of the world of magazine writing, and you’ll have the knowledge and skills to get started. Or — if you’re already in this world — you’ll be even better inspired and equipped to take your magazine career to the next level!

Cary Pepper has been a freelance writer for 30 years. He has published dozens of articles in such publications as The New York Times, TV Guide, Premiere, Advertising Age, Town and Country, and Mad. He is also an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He has taught writing at Media Alliance, the San Francisco Art Institute, and privately.


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