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Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

Feature writing

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Learn both the mechanics of feature journalism – from pitching to editing – and the art of writing a great piece

Learn how to find, pitch and produce eye-catching, insightful and memorable stories worthy of any magazine or newspaper supplement with this intensive two-day masterclass. Led by Rob Orchard, publisher of Delayed Gratification magazine, and featuring guest speakers, a series of seminars and workshops will help you discover the tone and style of your individual voice, learn how to structure a piece for maximum impact, and offer tips on improving your writing with ruthless self-editing.

You'll also learn practical ways to get your stories into print, including the secrets of successful pitching. Supported with detailed handouts explaining all the jargon of features journalism, you'll leave with two finished feature pitches, and suggestions of titles to send them to.

This course is for you if…

  • You're a young or aspiring journalist and want to learn more about the technical side of feature writing
  • You want a better understanding of how to pitch to commissioning editors, and what they're looking for
  • You're a working journalist who wants to expand your skillset and get a fresh perspective on your writing

Course description

This hands-on course provides an in-depth examination of feature writing to help journalists refine an individual voice and focus. Mixing formal tuition, discussions and practical exercises, over the course of the weekend, attendees will each complete two submission-ready feature pitches. The course will cover:

  • Making first contact with commissioning editors
  • How to pitch (and how not to)
  • Analysing publications to work out what they're looking for
  • Different feature structures, treatments and formats
  • Tone and style
  • How to improve your writing and self-edit

Tutor profile

Rob Orchard is the co-founder and editorial director of the Slow Journalism Company, the publisher of Delayed Gratification magazine, which revisits the events of the preceding quarter and makes a virtue of being "Last to Breaking News". He spends his days writing and editing long form features for the publication, which he describes as offering an "antidote to PR-driven stories, knee-jerk reactions and churnalism". Prior to starting the Slow Journalism Company, Rob launched and ran magazines for Virgin Atlantic, created the Middle East's biggest travel magazine and worked as the editor of Time Out Dubai, Time Out Croatia and Time Out Paris.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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When & Where


The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM (GMT)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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