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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Freelance Essentials: Navigating the Freelancer's Market in Boston

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  • $220.00 Non-Member
  • $195.00 Member

Class Description

What publications are open to freelance journalists, essayists, and op-ed writers? How do you write for them? In this intensive introduction, we'll dive into the world of local publications --- from DigBoston to the Boston Globe, Improper Bostonian to Boston Magazine, WBUR and community papers. We'll look what makes an idea interesting as a local story, and then focus on idea development and refinement to make your story ideas marketable. We’ll also learn how to write pitch letters. Students will be asked to flesh out at least one story idea, do some initial research, and write a query letter as practice to landing a potential assignment or accepted article, essay or op-ed. We won't workshop your stories, but we will share some of your work together, and do class exercises and a little homework to hone your skills. A visit from a local editor is possible.

Part of The Freelance Essentials Series, which teaches students the skills and craft to become working freelance journalists:

To learn more about instructor Ethan Gilsdorf and his teaching style, check out the short podcast with him in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!