The Art and Science of Magazine Writing and How to Parlay It Into a Book

Instructor: David Peisner


Students will learn the basics of writing longform non-fiction magazine stories and then potentially expanding those stories into longer, book-length projects. The course will concentrate in roughly equal measure on the creative process of writing stories and on the business of getting them published. We will discuss and work on strategies for scouting good ideas, crafting compelling pitches, doing effective and efficient research, tracking down sources, the secrets to being a good interviewer, transforming mountains of research into a coherent 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. 

Class Limit is 12.


$ 350.00



Biography: David Peisner has been making a living as a freelance journalist for more than 20 years, writing about music, film, television, pop culture, crime, politics, world affairs, sports, business, tech, and quite a few other things. He has written feature stories for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, New York, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Atlanta Magazine, Playboy, Spin, BuzzFeed, Billboard, Vibe, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of Homey Don’t Play That!: The Story of In Living Color and the Black Comedy Revolution, which was chosen as one of “Ten Books All Georgians Should Read” in 2018 and listed as a book “All Comedy Fans Should Read” by New York magazine. He is also the co-author of Steve-O’s NY Times-bestselling memoir, Professional Idiot.

Contact Information: info@decaturwritersstudio.com

Date(s): Thursday. Feb. 7 - March 21 (skipping the week of 2/18)

Class time: 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Type of Class: 6 Week Class


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