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The Creative Art of Pitching Stories

Alana Massey, Columnist, Author, Feelings Expert

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7 Videos (43m)
    • Introducing Alana Massey

    • Creating a Pitching Plan

    • The Writer You Are

    • Finding the Right Editors

    • Tailoring Your Pitches

    • Editing A Pitch in Real Time

    • Recognizing Success As A Writer


About This Class

This course explores how to approach pitching stories to editors from a creative perspective in order to maximize the number of pitches writers places with publications. Students will examine how the roles of the writer, the editor, and the content of the pitches themselves come together in the most confident, and well-targeted pitches.


54 of 55 students recommendSee All

I was especially helped by watching Alana rewrite a weak pitch to make it a strong pitch.
Clear, helpful, and real tools you can use to hone your pitches to land pieces.
Writing can get depressing if you don't have readers. That's why, if you're a writer — especially one without many bylines — you should take this class. The teacher clearly and succinctly tells you what you need to know to pitch your stories to publications, and then gives you the tools to apply that knowledge in your own career. Good knowledge, no beating around the bush. Recommended.





Alana Massey

Columnist, Author, Feelings Expert

Alana Massey is a writer covering identity, culture, technology, and relationships in/on publications like NPR, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Matter, The New Republic, The LA Review of Books, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, The New Inquiry, and more. Her first collection of essays, All the Lives I Want, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. She likes books, cats, champagne, and money.

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