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Getting into features journalism with Bim Adewunmi
Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
There's no shortage of doom and gloom stories about the publishing industry. It's enough to make you hang up your keyboard and give up before you've even started, right? In this two-day masterclass, Bim Adewunmi will give you the inside track – warts and all – on starting out in features journalism today. It's not easy (it actually never was) and you'll need determination and many strings to your writing bow.
Over the weekend, you'll cover: the do's and don'ts of pitching to commissioning editors; money and how to make a living out of writing; where did all the staff writing jobs go – the realities of modern-day freelancing; self promotion and why social media is all important; next steps, dissecting magazines and how to come up with new ideas.
• Pitching to commissioning editors: the do's and don'ts
• Money and how to make a living out of writing
• Where did all the staff writing jobs go? The realities of modern-day freelancing
• Self-promotion: Why social media is so important
• Next steps: how to dissect magazines and come up with the sort of ideas editors are looking for
Bim Adewunmi is a freelance journalist and blogger, specialising in pop culture, feminism and race. She blogs at www.yorubagirldancing.com. Bim is a regular contributor to Comment Is Free and also writes about television and the internet for the New Statesman. She has written for GRAZIA, Mslexia, ARISE, and Blackhair magazine, among others. She has also contributed to BBC radio programmes Woman's Hour and Broadcasting House and appeared on the BBC World Service. She very much enjoys the contours of Ryan Gosling's face, and indeed, body.
Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February 2013
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London N1 9GU
Price: £400 (inclusive of VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Maximum class size: 16
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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.