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How to pitch to commissioning editors

Guardian Masterclasses

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

How to pitch to commissioning editors

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Pitching is the most daunting part of being a journalist, and the one every freelancer wishes they could live without. But pitches are second only to invoices in  importance to your income.

It doesn’t matter how great your prose is, pitches have their own language, layout and etiquette alien to anyone outside the publishing industry. With tutors including Natalie Hanman, editor of the Guardian's Comment Is Free, Time Out editor Tim Arthur, and publishing director Rob Orchard, this comprehensive evening course will teach you how to research what publications are looking for, how to spin the angle and execution of your article to appeal to commissioning editors, and how to put together a pitch template to take the dread out of selling your work.

Course description

This course is designed to help beginner and amateur writers looking to break into journalism, or former freelancers interested in tips on what commissioning editors currently want and how to present ideas.
Among the topics that will be covered on the night are:
-What is a pitch?
-Best practice for pitches: Dos and don’ts
-Refining the angle and execution of your piece
-What commissioning editors are looking for (and how to find out more)
-How and when to ask for money (and how much)
-How a pitch becomes a brief
-Creating a pitch template


Tim Arthur is the editor-in-chief at Time Out Magazine.

Natalie Hanman is the editor of the Guardian's Comment Is Free.

Rob Orchard is the publishing editor of Delayed Gratification.



Date: Monday 14 October 2013

Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm

Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU

Course price: £49 (includes VAT, booking fee and refreshments)

Event capacity: 100


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When & Where

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

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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