Date: April 16, 2024

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

Duration: 4 weeks

Level: Professional Development |

Cost: €120 (€108 Members)

Online/In Person: In Person

This course will take place in person on Tuesdays for 4 weeks

Course Summary

This course is part of the Meridian series of professional development for writers.

This is a practical, informative, and fun course on finding a story idea, pitching your idea to editors, and securing an assignment for your piece. Even if you don’t have a background in journalism, this course will show you how to leverage your expertise and life experiences into a compelling idea for a story (as either an essay or a reported article). We will discuss best practices for formatting your pitch letter, sending it, following up, and what to do after you sell your story.

Course Outline

This practical and strategy-focused pitching course will help participants:

  • (Week 1) Identify story ideas they can write about (even if they don’t have many writing clips yet) and learn how to research their pitches.
  • (Week 2) Learn how to draft an exciting pitch letter to send to editors. Assignment for next week, week 3: Come with your pitch letter prepared.
  • (Week 3) Research the appropriate publications and editors for their pitch and prepare to send the pitch.
  • (Week 4) Discuss appropriate follow-up etiquette and language and tackle the “must ask” questions after a story has been commissioned.

Participants will be expected to produce a polished pitch letter(s) for their story that they can use to send to editors.

Course Outcomes

Participants will leave this course with a polished pitch letter to send to editors at global publications, an increased knowledge of the pitching process, and a renewed confidence about their future potential writing opportunities.


Anne McCarthy is an internationally published journalist with bylines in The Washington Post, The Guardian, the BBC, Teen Vogue, Variety, Wired, Stylist, Bonjour Paris, Shondaland, The Huffington Post, and many more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster in London and is a graduate of the Yale Writer’s Workshop. She is represented by Maria Whelan at Inkwell in New York City, and her debut novel is currently on submission. Anne is from the U.S. and splits her time between the U.S. and Europe. Learn more at

Anne’s clips can be viewed on her website:


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