Placing Personal Essays in Mainstream Publications

Friday, November 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

Building a platform has become a successful avenue towards landing an agent or securing a book deal. One way to help build your platform is by publishing work in mainstream venues where your voice and stories will get noticed. Pitching essays to newspapers and print and online magazines is a skill that comes with its own rules and guidelines. This class will teach you how to pitch essays, target market audiences, and adapt your work to appeal to mainstream publications. We will examine and break down published work as a way to identify the elements and structure of what makes an essay appealing to mainstream places. Feel free to bring in something that you are working on for feedback, though it is not required. You will go home with handouts for reference, a cohesive list of potential markets, and plenty of inspiration!

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Britni De La Cretaz
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Inundated with Great Info"
  • "Lots of Practical Tips"


  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing
  • Lecture
  • Craft Lessons


  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Professional Development & Skills

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