Crash Course: The Art of Magazine Writing and How to Parlay it into a Book

Instructor: David Peisner


Learn the basics of writing longform nonfiction magazine stories and potentially expanding those stories into longer, book-length projects. The course will concentrate on both the art and science of assembling stories and the business of getting them published. We will talk about scouting for good ideas and then pitching them, finding sources, the secrets to being a good interviewer, crafting a compelling narrative and navigating the editing process. We will also delve into the process of turning a good magazine story into a sellable book proposal, including how to find both a literary agent and a publishing house that fits your project (and then putting them both to good use!) Students should come to class armed with a laptop, an open mind, and several story ideas, which we will workshop. For all writing levels.

 

Lunch is included.

 

Class limited to 12.

 

Registration deadline: Jan. 22


$ 185.00



Biography: Veteran writer about television, music, film, sports, politics, technology and world affairs for more than two decades. He has been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York, Esquire, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Spin, Bloomberg Businessweek, Billboard and Playboy. He is the author of Homey Don’t Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution, which will be published by 37 Ink/Simon & Schuster in February. He also co-authored Steve-O's 2012 New York Times bestselling memoir, Professional Idiot.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): Saturday, Jan. 27.

Class time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Type of Class: Crash Course


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