Saturday, September 11th, 1:00PM-3:00PM CST
Live Seminar Via Zoom
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Led by novelist and freelance writer Michael Bourne, a long-time contributing editor to Poets & Writers Magazine and staff writer at The Millions, whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Salon, The Economist, and The Globe and Mail.
In this seminar, we will cover everything you need to know about how to develop and pitch stories to editors at the online and print publications you read every day. We’ll drill deep on how to leverage your background and your experience as a writer to develop saleable stories, how to gauge the market for your work, and how to craft a pitch that will win over a skeptical editor. At the end of this seminar you'll be able to refine your pitch letters and begin planning out your strategy for getting your work published.
This is a course for writers looking to jumpstart a freelance career, build a public platform for their other pursuits, or just enter the public conversation. We will discuss payment rates as well as how high-profile bylines can bring you attention you can use to boost your career in other ways.
I cut my teeth as a journalist in the print era writing for local newspapers covering everything from sewer board meetings to presidential summits (yes, really). Years later, after leaving full-time reporting to become a college prof, I pitched my first story to the literary website The Millions. Within months I was a staff writer at The Millions, a contributing editor at Poets & Writers, and publishing stories online in The Economist and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Later, I wrote for the Times Magazine, Salon, Literary Hub, and the Toronto Globe and Mail, Canada’s national paper. But it all started with that one pitch.
Michael Bourne | Live via Zoom
Saturday, September 11th, 2021: 1:00-3:00PM CST
Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom
Instructor Michael Bourne is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, a book critic for The Globe and Mail, and a staff writer for the literary website The Millions. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The National Post, The Economist, Salon, The Georgia Straight, The Baltimore Sun, and many other publications. He has published short stories in more than a dozen literary magazines including Tin House, The Common, The Southampton Review and december. Michael's debut novel Blithedale Canyon is due out from Regal House in July 2022. He has taught at the college level for more than a quarter century at institutions ranging from Fordham University and the University of British Columbia to George Brown College in Toronto, where Michael works now.