San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Features are the centrepiece of any magazine or newspaper supplement – the stories given the most space to be deep and insightful, eye-catching and revelatory, absorbing and entertaining.
In this practical two-day Masterclass you'll get expert insight from writers and editors, and learn both the mechanics of feature journalism – from pitching to editing – and the art of writing a great piece.
You will also be joined by guest speaker, Tom Lamont, writer and commissioning editor at the Observer New Review.
The Masterclass 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
You'll leave with plenty of feedback, plus two feature pitches, and suggestions of titles to send them to.
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.
Tom Lamont is a writer and commissioning editor at the Observer New Review. He began his career at Time Out magazine in 2004, moving to write for Observer Sport Monthly in 2008 before joining the newspaper's relaunched Review section in 2010. Roughly one in four of his interviews with popstars, actors, writers and sportsmen will involve the subject enquiring politely how old he is.
TESTIMONIALS FOR ROB ORCHARD
"Rob Orchard is not only one of the most amusing and entertaining features writers I've ever come across, he also edits one of the best magazines currently being produced in the UK."Tim Arthur, Editor in Chief, Time Out London
"Rob is a fantastic editor to work with due to the combination of his incisive intelligence, impressive knowledge range, and passion for understanding exactly what makes an article come alive. So few editors these days make it feel like your work with them is a collaboration, but with Rob it really is. There's a genuine sense that your writing goes on a journey which ends at a more satisfying destination."Rachel Halliburton is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Spectator, the New Statesman, Prospect, the Independent, Delayed Gratification, the Evening Standard and the FT.
"Rob is without exception the best editor I have ever worked with. If it weren't for his guidance, his almost otherworldly ability to sniff out what will work and what will crash and burn and his meticulous nature I would have fallen at the first hurdle. He's also a terrific journalist in his own right."James Montague, author and journalist working for CNN, the New York Times and GQ.
Dates: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2013
Location: Guardian offices, Kings place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9GU
Course price: £400 (inclusive of VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Maximum number of places: 16
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