How to Write and Sell a Magazine Story

Let's start from the basic belief system that we wouldn't be doing this if we weren't good at it, and that sometimes we don't get the stories we want or the money we need because we just don't know how to do that part yet. And yes, maybe we need a better handle on the thing that makes stories special: voice, structure, intimacy with our subjects.

Over the course of a weekend, we'll talk about all aspects of this: ideas (how to make them come more reliably); pitching; negotiating; research; voice (how to sound more like yourself); story structure; how to make a story memorable; productivity; and money. In three days, we'll do writing exercises and workshop ideas and read some greats and talk and talk and talk and figure out how to make the next story we do the best story, wherever we are now. 

This is a class for people who already work in journalism (on any level). If you don't know if that's you, email me at taffyakner AT gmail.com

When: June 9-11

Friday, June 9: 6-9 pm (includes dinner)

Saturday, June 10: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (includes snacks and lunch)

Sunday, June 11: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (includes snacks and lunch)

Where: Midtown Manhattan

How many: Space is limited to 12 students

How much: $799

Register: Write me a note at taffyakner AT gmail.com with the subject: story class and tell me about your experience and your goals, however long you want.

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Profile Writing

Profiles are a chance to showcase the importance of the most fundamental feature of this world: Its people. Through people we understand our world and ourselves, and through our profiles we have the chance to do a number of extraordinary things: Build a relationship, share a relationship, and explain our culture.

We'll talk about interviewing (with interview exercises); research; writing; voice; ethics; and how to make your profile read like a story you can't put down, and like a story that no one else has told before.

This is a class for people with journalism experience. If you're not sure if that's you, email me at taffyakner AT gmail.com

When: July 28-30

Friday, July 28: 6-9 pm (includes dinner)

Saturday, July 29: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (includes snacks and lunch)

Sunday, July 30: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (includes snacks and lunch)

Where: Midtown Manhattan

How many: Space is limited to 12 students

How much: $799

Register: Write me a note at taffyakner AT gmail.com with the subject: profile class and tell me about your experience and your goals, however long you want.