In this one-day pitch letter clinic, successful journalist Sophia Kercher (NY Times, Elle) will pull back the curtain of secrecy to show you what editors look for in queries and the process for landing a writing assignment. Through an informative craft talk and targeted feedback from Sophia, you’ll learn how to make your story idea relevant and give it some extra umph. Sophia will also cover how to splice the same story to multiple outlets, share her secret formula for a good pitch, reveal her strategy for how to maximize readership, and give tips for working your outlets for additional work. By the end of class, you will have created a query letter and pitch that is so compelling that you’ll be on your way to a feature contract and you’ll have learned some invaluable tools to keep getting published! You’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 100 Writing Pad Alums who have sold essays and articles to publications such as Self, Marie Claire, LA Times, Salon, Spirit Magazine, and New York Magazine with Writing Pad’s help!


You can read some of the essays here: Black Clock, Boston Globe, Brain, Child #1, Brain, Child #2, DAME, Elle #1, Elle #2, 5280, The Frisky, LA Times #1, LA Times #2, LA Times #3, LA Times #4, LA Times #5, LA Times #6, Marie Claire #1, Marie Claire #2, Men’s Journal, Morning News #1, Morning News #2, Narratively, Nerve, Role Reboot, Salon #1, Salon #2, Salon #3, Salon #4, Salon #5, Salon #6, Salon #7, Salon #8, Salon #9, Salon #10, Salon #11, Salon #12, Salon #13, Salon #14, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Self #1, Self #2, The Beauty Bean, Shine, The Date Report, The Smart Set, Vice, Whole Life, xoJANE #1, xoJANE #2, xoJANE #3, xoJANE #4, xoJANE #5, xoJane #6, xoJANE #7, xoJANE #8, xoJANE #9, xoJANE #10!


Instructor: Sophia Kercher
Thursday, September 28
7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $90 (includes snacks and tea)
Location: WP East New
Writing Pad has added a new Eastside location to a nice neighborhood 10 minutes from the Arts District: City Terrace. The zip code is 90063. It looks like Silverlake and there is plenty of free parking. You will love it! You will receive address and directions upon registration.
Note: Class will be limited to 8 students.







Sophia Kercher is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and editor who writes often about culture, trends, and health. Her personal essays and articles have been published in the New York TimesElleCalifornia SundayVariety, LA WeeklyVultureSalon, and the Los...Read More »



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