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Upod Academy
Secret Handshakes of the A-List
October 26-27, 2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm both days
Los Angeles, California
In person-SOLD OUT

Livestream viewing-available (see below)

Here's what people say about their Upod Academy experience

A-list editors and writers, a powerhouse agent and…you!

From Upod Academy's 2016 content marketing session

From Upod Academy's 2016 content marketing session

Your media Gatekeepers and soon-to-be BFFs

Chris Bonanos
author and Longtime Editor @new york magazine

Nathan Burstein
Managing Editor @Newyorker.com

Roberta Zeff
Essays editor, “Ties” and “Family” sections, The New York Times

Celeste Fine
Seven-figure book agent, partner @ Park & Fine agency

Anna dubenko
Off-platform strategist and media Futurist, the New York Times

Stuart Emmrich
Editor (Ex-New YOrk times, Los Angeles Times)

Note: Some speakers appear via livestream; guests subject to change or bail on last-minute deadline

In addition to hearing from our talented speakers, you'll have a chance to test, polish and pitch your ideas. Between sessions, we'll discuss projects you're neglecting and what needs to change so you can carry out the important work you need to do.

One big goal is making back the money you invest in this weekend (and then some) in the weeks and months following the session.

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

These are beautiful weekends with a group of people you'll have in your circle for years to come.

Upod Academy
In person at Upod HQ:
12820 Bonaparte Avenue, LA, CA 90066
In person -$495- sold out
Livestream viewing* - $200
Venmo david-hochman-1 to enroll

*Livestream both days proceedings starting at 9 am PT - 4:30 pm PT. You’ll see all the speakers, listen in on the workshop conversation and have frequent opportunities to ask questions or share ideas via chat on the live Zoom conferencing link.

About Your instructor: David Hochman

Questions: davidhochman@mac.com

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Upod Academy's workshops and webinars give you the support and direction to make remarkable 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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