Have you ever read a newspaper, magazine or online article and thought: I'd like to write a piece like that? If so, this fun and inspiring two-day course is for you.
Covering the basics of how to pitch and write articles for newspapers, magazines and websites, the tutor will teach you how to hone ideas; how to judge whether a piece is 'right' for an outlet and how to pitch to an editor. You will also look at techniques for writing for the current newspaper/magazine/online market. How do you put a piece together? What are the rules and tricks of professional journalism? How do you ‘break in’ and, once you are in, how do you keep getting work published?
You will also look at: what do I want to write about, and how can I write it? Where can I get ideas? Who can I write for? How important is networking? How do I get to know editors? Do I need to know people ‘on the inside’? How much money can I make?
You will also go into the nuts and bolts of journalism – what makes a good piece and how to craft a piece. The course is discussion-based and includes short practical exercises and lots of insider tips.
An ideal course for those who are looking for a second or part-time second career and who want to have a go at writing. It is also ideal for those who sometimes need to write pieces for magazines and journals as part of their job. The course teaches you to see newspapers and magazines as a writer, and not just as a reader.
It is absolutely essential that you attend the first evening session where the basic theory and technique will be introduced.
You will leave the weekend having written one or more pitches, and with a clear idea of how and where to feed them into a newspaper or magazine.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Joanna Moorhead is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes regularly for The Guardian, The Times, YOU magazine, Good Housekeeping, Easy Living, Mumsnet and BBC websites. She has been part of the BBC news team covering Papal elections and has edited The Guardian's women and health pages.