Getting Published with Limited Clips Zoom Seminar, Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Live Seminar Via Zoom Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Class will meet 5:00PM - 7:00PM EST
Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.
Led by Katie Reilly, a freelance journalist and attorney based in the Bay Area in California. Katie's writing generally focuses on women's health, mental health and parenting. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, USA Today and HuffPost, among other publications.
When submitting a pitch or essay to a publication, writers are always asked to send other pieces they've published to show their writing experience. This ask can often feel overwhelming and discouraging for new writers. What do I send if I have no clips? How do I get more essays published with few or limited clips to display my work? How do I keep track of numerous pitches and stay positive in an often discouraging process?
In this 2 hour seminar, Katie will discuss different approaches to getting clips early in your career. By the end of the program students will leave with a better understanding of the pitch process -- how to write captivating pitches, how to find editors, how to find new writing opportunities and how to remain positive!
And of course, we can’t make any promises, but after this seminar it's likely that you will end up with a new clip too!
Katie's students have had their work published in the following places so far:
- New York Times Modern Love
- Good Housekeeping
- The Independent
- Well + Good
- Boston Globe
(Please note there will be a 10 minute break at the end of the first hour).
Overview of different paths to publication for new writers
General understanding of the pitch process
Learn how to write captivating pitches
Learn how to determine where to send pitches and how to find editors
Support through a difficult and often discouraging process that requires patience and persistence
Generate new ideas and turn them into interesting pitches
“Katie C. Reilly's writing distills the beauty, fragility, difficulty and wonder of what it means to be alive at this moment in history into clear-eyed, evocative and poignant essays. She tells personal stories that simultaneously feel both intimate and universal and thereby offer the rare gift of allowing the reader to learn about themselves while learning about her.”
-Noah Michelson Editorial Director at HuffPost
“Katie deftly wove together her personal family history with ALS with that of another woman experiencing a similar diagnosis. She seamlessly alternated between her own story and the other woman’s, while incorporating statistics and important context for readers, resulting in a well-crafted, cohesive, and satisfying read. I admire Katie’s ability to mine such a deeply personal story in her professional writing. Readers will surely benefit from and relate to her important work.”
-Kayla Adler Deputy Editor at Elle Magazine
“Katie Reilly has that elusive ability to write about the particulars of her own life in ways that feel universal. Her generosity and openness, combined with journalistic skill, is something all editors wish for in a writer. The idea of Katie passing this rare skill down makes me very happy!”
Meaghan O’Connell Features editor at Romper
“Katie Reilly has a generous approach to editing, always searching for ways to strengthen the writer’s voice and the reader’s experience. She has a keen eye for finding the sweet spot where personal essay and research intersect—a skill that makes a writer’s work stand out. As an editor, Katie offers valuable feedback rich with specificity and direction. She is not one to waste words or time and approaches a story with intention, pushing other writers to get to the heartbeat of their story.”
-Jessica Ciencin Henriquez writer and author of the forthcoming memoir IF YOU LOVED ME YOU WOULD KNOW
“Katie asks thoughtful probative questions and provides honest feedback that helps me to effectively focus my writing. She recommends additional nonfiction readings that inspire deeper connections in my own work. Most importantly, as an effective listener she creates a safe writing community that encourages sharing, risk taking and is fun!”
-Tara Van de Mark Writer & editor
"Katie Reilly was a wonderful teacher. She was so responsive to emails and student questions and her feedback on essays was masterful and so specific. I could tell that she really cared about each writer's journey and was committed to helping each student writer be better. She really took time to go above and beyond!"
- Former Student
"This class was perfect for me and exceeded my expectations. The readings helped with identifying craft elements that I could use in my writing. The Zoom discussions helped me hear others express opinions and insights about the readings. I identified a few people to share more of writing beyond what we did in the sessions. Katie’s feedback was exceptional and detailed. The two guest speakers changed my approach to publishing my work. I felt energized during the course. Loved the readings, feedback, guest speakers, and discussions with talented participants and Katie." -Dan F.
"This was a great class! The overall structure of the class was set up to encourage, support, and provide opportunities to connect with editors and continue learning after the class was over. Thank you!" -Maureen C.
"This is a class I needed. I found the discussions, editor availability, and submission info most valuable. Katie was very friendly, open, and responsive to questions. Appreciated her critiques as well!" Mary M.
"Katie is a very organized, compassionate, wonderful teacher." -Former Student
- Instructor: Katie Reilly
- Live Seminar Via Zoom on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
- Class will meet 5:00PM - 7:00PM EST