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

When: Aug. 11, 12, 13

Friday, Aug. 11: 6-9 pm (includes dinner)

Saturday, Aug. 12: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (includes snacks and lunch)

Sunday, Aug. 13: 10 a.m. to 4 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 with the subject: story class and tell me about your experience and your goals, however long you want.