Writing Parenthood

Parenthood provides a wealth of fresh writing topics, and parenting editors are clamoring for personal stories and reported features. This eight-week course offers strategies as well as tips and tricks on how to mine your personal life for ideas, pitch to online and print publications, create a compelling story arc, locate research and interview experts, and build your social media platform. The instructor will directly work with you on pitches, essays and articles, and brainstorm topics during the course. You will receive recorded video interviews from seven editors in eight weeks, with insight and advice on submitting, and new editor interviews are added each semester. These include editors from top publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Huffington Post Personal, Parents magazine, and GH. Whether you are a blogger, a new writer, or a published author looking to update your skills, you will leave this class with one ready-to-publish personal essay or hybrid essay/reported piece. Previous participants have published articles and essays generated in class in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, Next Avenue, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Daily News, Wired, GH, and more. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email sps.cala@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7272

This course is delivered in an online, self-paced (asynchronous) format. The instructor interacts with students and facilitates group discussions within NYU’s online learning platform. There are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • One polished and ready-to-publish work of nonfiction
  • A greater understanding of how to identify and navigate publishing opportunities

Ideal for

  • Writers at all levels looking to capitalize on a robust and expanding market
  • Parents who are interested in sharing their experiences through writing
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.