How to write and pitch a feature: An interactive journalism workshop

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Journalist Sirin Kale leads this masterclass in how to write a feature that packs a punch - and then pitch it to commissioning editors.

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If you’re the type of person who loves a good story, is always searching for a unique angle, and who loves to talk to others, you might have considered feature writing.

In this practical virtual masterclass with Guardian journalist Sirin Kale, you will learn how to put your hunger for great storytelling to good use. Sirin will cover how to identify a compelling story, how to research potential interview subjects and put them at ease, and how to master the bread and butter of feature narratives: your voice.

You will also learn how to get your stories into print, as Sirin covers the commissioning process, including what editors look for in a story, and how to grab their attention with a pitch.

Course Content

  • Identifying a strong story
  • Researching interview subjects
  • Using interviews to shape and sustain features
  • Mastering structure, tone and pace
  • The importance of voice
  • The commissioning process - and how to pitch

This course is for ...

  • Beginners looking to get started as well as writers who are hoping to pick up new skills to aid their feature writing.
  • Anyone who wants to understand the process of writing a feature from conception through to commissioning and completion.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6pm (GMT).

Tutor Profile

Sirin Kale is a features writer for the Guardian. She also is a regular contributor to British Vogue, VICE, Wired UK, and the Observer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6pm (GMT).

Course Details

  • Date: Tuesday 18 January 2022
  • Time: 6pm-8.30pm (GMT)

6pm GMT | 7pm CET | 10am PST | 1pm EST

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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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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