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Upod Academy
Two-Day Workshop for Freelancers

A creative, supportive, information-packed weekend
to plot your next career moves

January 13 and 14, 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
In person in Los Angeles


Here's what people say about their Upod Academy experience

It's 2018. What's next?

That's the question we'll explore.

Maybe you want to write for bigger, better publications. You might be shifting from a staff gig to full-time freelance, or trying to find your place in the print media world in uncertain times. Books might be your goal. Or blogging, podcasting, radio, travel writing, science writing, environmental reporting. Some people are straight-up looking for higher paying work. That could mean branching into content marketing, storytelling for brands or P.R. Whatever your writing goal is, you'll have the space to figure out your next move with a group of supportive, attentive peers with guidance from our wise guest speakers.

From Upod Academy's 2016 content marketing session

From Upod Academy's 2016 content marketing session

Over the next couple weeks, I'll announce several guest speakers. You will get to ask them anything. You'll also have a chance to test out, fine-tune and pitch your ideas. In the spaces between sessions, we'll talk about projects you're neglecting and what needs to be back-burnered so you can carry out the real work you need to do. Above all, you will learn to get out of your own way.

My wife, Ruth, is a professional pastry chef and chocolatier. She makes lunches, snacks and desserts on these weekends that are every bit as memorable as the tips and techniques you'll pick up; which is to say, they are unforgettable.

These are really beautiful weekends with people you'll likely have in your circle for years to come. Join us. Here's how:

Upod Academy
In person at Upod HQ:
12820 Bonaparte Avenue, LA, CA 90066

About Your instructor: David Hochman

early bird admission
Registration $375
through December 15

Enrollment after December 16

To enroll, send payment
via paypal or venmo

Questions: davidhochman@mac.com

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Upod Academy's workshops and webinars give you the support and direction to make beautiful things happen in your freelance life.

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Selected Past Workshops


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.

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