How To Pitch And Submit: New Course for December

October 9th, 2013

How To Pitch And Submit –December 2-13
(as of 11/4 there are 3 spots remaining)

find out about other upcoming classes here

This online course focuses on developing, pitching and submitting articles, op-eds and essays.  The course was designed by Anne Trubek, and is being guest-taught this fall by Virginia C McGuire. While the course is open to anyone, the impetus behind it is to help improve the gender disparity in bylines (see VIDA) and to help academics and grad students reach wider audiences. The course has also helped many established freelancers challenge themselves as writers and break into new markets, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The, The Wall Street Journal,, Guernica, Mental Floss, Tablet, The Awl and elsewhere. We include 4 q & as with editors about pitching, submitting, and the freelance/editor relationship as well.

There are no set meeting times. Material will be posted on a private blog, and you can read, comment and post when it is convenient for you.

What We Will Do:

–post daily. Topics include sample pitches that sold, editorial back-and-forths on queries and op-eds, researching markets, how to find ideas, advice on how to make and manage money and more.

–offer you individual feedback on pitches and ideas that you post to the blog.

–share with you a database of publications, including editor contact information, pay rates and comments from those who have worked with the publication.

–conduct a Q&A with Choire Sicha of The Awl: you will be able to ask him questions. We will also hare with you Q&As we have done in previous courses with editors from, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New Republic on how best to pitch them.

–create a community between all the participants to encourage discussion, provide feedback on each other’s work and foster horizontal loyalty.

–invite you to a private FB group for “alums” of this course where we exchange editor information, ask for help with drafts, complain and brag.

–invite you to a private Google group where alums of this course will continue getting those pitches out the door in a regular pitching challenge, held the first week of every month.

What You Will Do:

–To get the most out of the course, you will share your work with the group. Show us your pitches-in-progress, tell us about your ideas for op-eds and ask us questions. We also recommend that you set yourself a goal for the course, such as sending out two new pitches or finishing some of the half-baked pitches in your drafts folder. However, none of the above is required. You are welcome to lurk.

–Comment on what others post. (or lurk)

Who You Should Be:

–Someone who has some experience writing, be it academic or journalistic or blogging.  However, there are no barriers to entry, no prerequisites. All are welcome.

–Someone who is able to participate in a wordpress-hosted private blog. (Requires a wordpress account, which is easily set up, and free, before the course begins)

Go here to read even more comments.

Who Are We:

A professor of writing at Oberlin College, Anne Trubek started freelancing in 2005. Since then, she have successfully sold pitches to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, The Washington Post, The, O, The Oprah Magazine and numerous other publications. She is the author of A Skeptic’s Guide To Writers’ Houses, the publisher and co-editor of Rust Belt Chic and is currently writing a book on handwriting for Bloomsbury.

Virginia C McGuire began writing for pay in 2005, and has been freelancing in earnest since 2007. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times,, and, and she has also had bylines in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smart Planet, The Awl, Robb Report Singapore, and a wide variety of trade magazines. She’s currently shopping a book about urban gardening to publishers.

What It Costs:

$150 is the full price, but we’re offering a special group discount this month. Get at least two of your friends to do the course with you, and all of you will get a 15% discount.

Please send payment via PayPal to If you prefer to send a check, please email for address.




  1. Liana replied on March 22nd, 2013.

    I am just finishing up Anne’s March iteration of this course and it has been so helpful. I came in with a draft, came up with an idea for a new essay, and have a better idea of how to approach editors and publications. Mind you, most of my experience writing has been either academic or blog-oriented, so I was starting with almost a clean slate! But I had ideas and I knew I wanted to develop my writing skills outside of academia. But the best thing I got out of this course was a sense of community with the other writers who participated in the course. Our chatter on the blog kept me thinking, writing, and moving. This was a great experience–money well spent!

    If you haven’t scrolled up by now to sign up, you should go ahead and do that now…

  2. Liana replied on March 22nd, 2013.

    Amendment to my above comment: I took Anne’s March 2013 course, “Writing ans Selling Op-Eds,” not “How to Pitch.” But you should still scroll up and register…

  3. Cecile replied on March 22nd, 2013.

    Only one day into the March writing workshop, Anne sent me some feedback on a pitch I was working on. Sent the revised pitch. Within an hour I had a deal with a major national magazine online blog. Need I say more?
    Well, I could: beyond and above being an insanely efficient teacher and pitcher, Anne is a true support. She is generous with her ideas, resources, and networks to a fault.
    Take that class!

  4. I was looking to learn how to write pieces that were of interest to those working with young children with diverse abilities versus traditional peer reviewed research articles. I was searching for the skills and the confidence to pitch something to let’s say the New York Time. During the How to Pitch course, Anne and others from class mentored me and helped me to understand and begin to write in a new and exciting way. During the course, Anne provided constant individualized support, a wealth of resources, and willingly shared her vast knowledge and experiences. By the end of the course, I had a draft of an op ed written and tons of feedback. I then joined Anne’s Face Book group for alumni and continue to refine my draft and gain immediate feedback. I’m gearing up to pitch my op ed in the coming weeks.

  5. Ashvin replied on September 20th, 2013.

    Although I have experience with academic writing, Anne’s course (which I took in September 2013) helped me better understand how to write pitch letters and write for a more general audience. I came in with one decent but overly-long and somewhat dry pitch, and left with two much better pitches, a better understanding of what editors are looking for, and some really useful feedback from Anne and from other participants. I also read some really interesting essays and pitches and offered my own comments. I am grateful for Anne’s expertise and experience, and also the opportunity to interact with other writers from different backgrounds and different levels of experience. This course definitely unveiled some mysteries.

  6. Virginia Claire McGuire has been a fabulous guest instructor for the Pitch Class: friendly, informative, encouraging. Really inspiring, too.

    All told, this class was everything I was hoping for and more.

  7. Michele replied on November 22nd, 2013.

    I was just wondering who will be teaching the course this January and how often it is offered (or if there is, in fact, a regular rhythm). Thank you!

  8. Anne Trubek replied on November 22nd, 2013.

    Michele–Claire McGuire is teaching in January; we tend to teach a course once every other month, but it depends upon our schedule so we don’t announce them too far in advance.

    See for more.

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