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"ProCad" Workshop for Freelance Writers
February 25 and 26, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
A weekend workshop for professional freelancers
My February 2017 Upod Academy workshop is by application only. "ProCad" focuses on solving problems for working journalists & non-fiction writers. That means something different for each person but it might involve fine-tuning a book proposal idea that isn't working. It could be structure questions in a longform piece (developing cinematic scenes, let's say). For some it will be nuts-and-bolts questions about navigating from low-paying, unsatisfying work to splashier, $$ assignments. Others might want a kick to think bigger.
Our esteemed speakers will discuss writing and editing at the highest level with an emphasis on travel writing, history for a broad audience, deep reporting, and how to move from "features mind" to "book mind." Working journalists have questions about managing pitches, expenses and accounting, and we'll cover those as topics arise. The application process also ensures that your cohort of writers will be at a level that's relatively equal, rather than a few veterans carrying the wisdom for the crowd. This is not Freelancing 101.
Russell Shorto is a bestselling author, historian and journalist whose books include "The Island at the Center of the World" and "Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City." He is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and writes for The New Yorker (check his recent New Yorker piece on Trump and the end of humility), among many other venues. Russell will be joining us via live web link.
Dan Saltzstein is an assigning editor at the Travel section of The New York Times who calls himself a "ruthless cosmopolitan." His writing has appeared in the Arts & Leisure, Food, Travel, Book Review and Metropolitan sections of The Times. He’s also contributed to LuckyPeach.com, Bon Appetit and Punchdrink.com. He lives in Woodside, Queens, with his wife, daughter and dog. Dan is joining us via live web link.
February 25 and 26, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
12820 Bonaparte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066
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$500 Registration Fee
Upon Acceptance of Application
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Christene Barberich is the founding partner & editor-in-chief of the Webby award-winning women's lifestyle media company, Refinery29. She is also the New York Times best-selling author of Style Stalking. Prior to co-founding Refinery29 in 2005, she held posts at Gourmet Magazine, The Daily, and The New Yorker, and was the founding editor of the ASME-nominated CITY magazine. Her fashion and design writing have appeared in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, New York Magazine, Dwell, and Elle Decoration among other titles. In addition to her editorial and new media work, she is a frequent industry speaker and has provided brand consulting and/or content for a mix of fashion and lifestyle clients, including American Eagle, Nine West, Prada Beauté, Nike, Yves Saint Laurent Fragrance, and others. She lives in Brooklyn.
Ross Andersen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Science, Technology, and Health sections. He was previously deputy editor of Aeon Magazine. He contributes to The Economist. His main interests are cosmology, space exploration, nature, and the philosophy of technology. Andersen's articles include Golden Eye, An Eye Without an ‘I’: Justice and the Rise of Automated Surveillance, Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We’re Doing it Wrong, Robots, Platinum, and Tiny Space Telescopes: The Pitch for Mining Asteroids, Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?, How Big Data Is Changing Astronomy (Again), A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age, The Holy Cosmos: The New Religion of Space Exploration, Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun, and We’re Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction.
The last time Oprah Magazine articles editor Katie Arnold-Ratliff visited Upod Academy, she took a pitch from first-time freelancer Nancy Johnson, who eventually sold the essay to O: The Oprah Magazine. The piece is in the November 2015 issue. As an added bonus, O flew Nancy to New York for a photo shoot. Katie will once again take pitches and give a behind-the-scenes look at what sells and what doesn't in the current media market. Katie has been at O since 2008. She's also the author of the novel Bright Before Us. She's a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
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21-Day Freelancer Accountability Challenge - Live webinar
Daylong Branded Content Workshop - Playa Vista, California
"Meet the editors" Weekend Workshop in Los Angeles.
Boston summer workshop at Brandeis University with writers from New York Magazine, Conde Nast and more.
Weekend writing and nature retreat in Los Angeles.
"So You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter?" workshop in Los Angeles.
Pitch clinic webinar with editors from Marie Claire, Vice, Oprah and more.
"Breakthrough to the A-list" workshop with editors from The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and more.
Online writing for superstars with BuzzFeed features director Steve Kandell, GOOD's Josh Neuman, TakePart's Paul Tullis and New York Times Motherlode editor K.J. Dell'Antonia.
Boston summer workshop at Brandeis University with Malcolm Gladwell, David Grann and Steve Almond.
Weekend pitch clinic in Los Angeles with New Yorker features editor Daniel Zalewski.
The "Total Freelancer" workshop with author Gretchen Rubin, Brainpickings' Maria Popova and journalist Karl Taro Greenfeld.
"Your Best Writing Year Ever" with author A.J. Jacobs, Esquire's Tom Junod and Virginia Heffernan of The New York Times Magazine.
"Upod Office Hours" - an open door afternoon for questions about freelancing and pitching.
PodNights: A weekly series of evening Q&As with editors from Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and more.
Pitch the Editors Weekend with editors from Playboy, Wired, Dwell and more.
"Your Freelance Sweet Spot" with editors from Los Angeles Magazine, NPR, and Medium.com.
Weekend workshops with editors from InStyle, Sunset and Modern Luxury.