Writing Through Parenthood 3-Week Nonfiction Zoom Seminar, Starts Monday, May 6th, 2024
Begins Monday, May 6th, 2024
Class will meet on Monday nights via Zoom, 2:30PM PST - 4:00PM PST / 5:30PM EST - 7:00PM EST
Open to All writers!
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Led by Katie Reilly, a freelance journalist 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.
Read an Interview with Katie On Writing Through Parenthood.
Parenting can be a wild roller coaster, often filled with experiences -- for better or worse -- you never anticipated having. Whether it's a moment of frustration or joy, writing can serve as an amazing outlet to make sense of the big moments or just the everyday ones.
In this class, we'll explore some of the best written essays on parenthood and learn how to write about parenthood. We'll examine the variety of essays that can be used to write about parenthood, such as personal essays, opinion essays or reported essays. And we’ll also learn about how to get your story published, focusing on how to write a pitch and find the best publication for your story.
We will also have guest editors from different publications visit the class to provide tips on writing and getting published.
Each student will also share an idea with the class that they hope to write about. At the end of the class each student will submit their draft (up to 2000 words) for feedback.
This class is not just for parents in the traditional sense, but it's for anyone who has parented in their life. All are welcome.
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
- Week 1: Introductions, discuss readings & workshop ideas.
- Week 2: Discuss parenting essays & Writing Tips.
- Week 3: How to Write a Pitch and Where to Pitch & remaining questions.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- How to analyze parenting essays to discover the style and balance you’d like to bring into your own writing.
- How to put your ideas on paper to write a beautiful essay on parenting.
- How to write an effective pitch and find the right publication for your story.
- Learn how to analyze parenting essays to discover the style and balance you’d like to bring into your own writing.
- Constructive feedback from me on one draft (up to 2000 words) and a pitch for the draft.
- Learn how to write an effective pitch and find the right publication for your story.
- Discover how to bring your voice into parenting essays and put your ideas on paper to create beautiful essay.
“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
"Katie's class exceeded my expectations. I found all of the "nuts and bolts" information about submitting pitches to be incredibly valuable. I also found the 3 guest speakers who are editors at significant publications to also be a great addition to the class."
- Former Student
"Katie is a very organized, compassionate, wonderful teacher." -Former Student
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: Katie Reilly
- Starts Monday, May 6th, 2024
- Class will meet on Monday nights via Zoom, 2:30PM PST - 4:00PM PST / 5:30PM EST - 7:00PM EST
Instructor Katie Reilly is 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. Learn more at Katie's website.