J-SCHOOL BOOTCAMP: A SAN FRANCISCO JOURNALISM INTENSIVE
If you have a story to tell, you can get it published in a newspaper or magazine with a little know-how and discipline. You have to know how to find a great story, how to make sure you’re the right person to tell it, how to pursue it, and who to talk to. No problem. Enter Thomas Fuller, the San Francisco Bureau Chief for the NY Times. In this four week Journalism Intensive, Thomas takes you through the paces, covering writing, style, pitching, research, sources, interviewing, professional practices, and more. He’ll show you how to shape your story by focusing on the best angle and by picking and choosing the most interesting information. He’ll teach you everything you need to know to write an 1200 word interview or feature, and you’ll get his expert feedback on your idea and how to structure it. By the end of class, you’ll have finished a draft of a gripping profile or review! You’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 89 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! Pulitzer not included. Instructors: Thomas Fuller Thomas Fuller is the San Francisco bureau chief of The New York Times. He has spent the past two decades in postings abroad, covering the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the expansion of the European Union, rioting in French cities, the Iraq War, two military coups in Thailand, the demise of dictatorship in Myanmar, the Arab Spring, last year’s earthquake in Nepal and the legacy of war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. He began his career as a clerk in the Paris newsroom of the International Herald Tribune. Dates: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, 16, 23 (3 Sunday nights, 1 one on one consultation) 6:30-9:30 p.m. PST
When Marilyn Friedman first arrived in LA in 2004, she tried in vain to find a great writing class. She searched high and low, from Silverlake to Simi Valley. She braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors. However, she realized that instead of looking for local writing classes, why not create her own for people to join her in. That's when she found her passion for teaching and writing. Almost ten years, hundreds of classes and three locations later she has built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers.
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