Nailing the Pitch and Getting Published
by Writing Workshops Staff
12 months ago
Class Starts Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Class will meet weekly via Zoom (Saturdays, 1:00PM EST - 3:30PM EST).
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This 6-Week Zoom Workshop is led by Caroline Shannon Karasik, whose work has appeared in The Cut, Tonic, Narratively, and other publications.
If you find the pitching process challenging, then take heart: You aren’t alone. In fact, pitching can feel intimidating no matter your experience level because it asks the writer to package their writing in a sellable way — and that may or may not come easily. But the good news is that once you learn the basics of pitching, it's like a formula that you can apply no matter the idea or completed piece.
During this six-week workshop, writers of all levels can expect to walk through the steps of crafting various types of pitches and learn the basics of how to discover the publications (and editors) that will be the best fit for their work.
Participants should come to class with at least one idea or fully-developed piece that they hope to pitch to a publication. Through classroom discussion and examples, students can work to refine their pitch and will be given the option to receive verbal feedback from their peers and the instructor.
- Understanding of basic pitch elements
- Identify various types of pitches (and know when to use them)
- Methods for putting together clips (or writing samples)
- Ideas for generating new pitches beyond the length of the course
- Discover how to find data and expert sources for your pitch
- Find the best editors and publications for your work
"Caroline is your go-to gal for all things pitching. She's got her finger on the pulse, a keen-eye, and is articulate and well-read as you can get. Caroline's essays and angles challenge me to think more deeply, and her enthusiasm and dedication to her peers and colleagues is admirable. Jump at this opportunity to work with her—your pitches and writing will thank you!" — Chloe Caldwell, author of I'LL TELL YOU IN PERSON
"Caroline has been an overall pleasure to work with. Her pitches are insightful and original, she submits clean and engaging copy and quickly turns around thorough edits. Her professionalism and ability to detect an outlet's tone and write/report accordingly makes her a highly sought after freelancer in the field. At VICE, she crafted both her pitches and her stories with intention, and it showed." — Rajul Punjabi, senior editor at Mic & former editor at VICE
"Caroline will not only teach you, she will unlock what you have already known all along. And then one day you'll be getting coffee or scraping mold off some bread and the perfect pitch you've had inside you will fall out of the secret room in your brain you aren't allowed in. Only Caroline can help gently pull things out of that secret room, she is the pitch witch." — Elizabeth Teets, writer, comedian, and host and producer of the Hollywood Theater program "Isn’t She Great"
"Caroline is the person you dream of having in your workshop: interested, attentive, honest, and smart. She reads everyone's work like she's reading a much-anticipated debut book: with enthusiasm and great care. And her feedback is always gold because get this — she's also an incredible writer." — Stephanie, fellow workshop participant
"Caroline is everything you would hope for in an editor: kind, hopeful, incisive, and thoroughly committed to emotional honesty. In her own writing, she is telling radical truths about women's bodies, about motherhood — about, really, everything that matters. Anyone who has the chance to work with her should grab it." — Diane, fellow workshop participant
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!
Instructor: Caroline Shannon Karasik
Class Starts Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom on Saturdays from 1:00PM EST - 3:30PM EST