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Writing That Gets Noticed

This course will teach you how to break through the noise and get attention for your writing from readers, editors, and gatekeepers. Whether you are writing an article, essay, nonfiction book, memoir, or short-form piece, this eight-week online course offers strategies, tips, and tricks on how to relaunch your creativity, develop craft, mine your personal life for ideas, and choose the best format for your work. You will learn how to pitch in order to break into online and print publications; create a compelling story arc; locate research and interview experts; write flash fiction and micro memoir; revise your work for maximum impact; review a contract; build your social media platform; and protect your psyche from rejection. Lastly, you will also gain insight and advice from editors and agents. Whether you are a new writer, seasoned writer, blogger, or just curious, you will leave this class with one ready-to-publish personal essay, the first pages of your memoir or book, or a hybrid reported piece. Most important, you will leave with skills that will last a lifetime. Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.

This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Journalism. It may be taken to pursue these certificates, or as a standalone course. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA). Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • One ready-to-publish personal or reported essay, one micro memoir, one pitch and one article
  • Knowledge of the skills needed to build a career as a journalist or a career writer

Ideal for

  • Journalism students interested in learning from the trenches
  • Mid-Level writers looking for craft and skill-building
  • Bloggers wanting to pivot into writing
  • Essayists and memoirists
  • Writers who are new to the field
  • Seasoned writers looking to elevate their work
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.