Propel: Online Pitching to Feature Editors with Madeleine Keane
Dates: Sat 19 & Sat 26 June 2021
Time: 10.30 am - 1.30 pm
Duration: 2 Weeks
Cost: €90/€83 members
Course Level: Professional Development. Suitable for Beginner and Emerging Writers.
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
You know you have writing talent, energy and ideas to burn, but how do you turn them into print? With over 35 years' experience working in newspapers and magazines, literary editor Madeleine Keane delivers two workshops on how to get your work published. From generating ideas and pitching to commissioning editors to researching different publications and markets, this course is a must for all aspiring arts and features journalists. Combining a blend of creative and practical advice, with in-class exercises, it will also focus on the art and craft of writing.
Workshop 1. Getting started. Introduction to print, broadcast and digital media.
How to pitch, how to tailor your writing to different audiences and publications. Knowing your market, how to build your brand and maintain your career.
Workshop 2. The art of writing, finding your voice, crafting high-quality journalism. The principles of structure, the basic elements of style. Research methods. Honing your craft. Q & A session.
Participants will learn how to source ideas, place stories and target their audience. They will also be equipped with tips and techniques on research, fact-checking and generating crisp, vivid prose.
Madeleine Keane is an editor, lecturer and award-winning journalist. She was educated at UCD and Trinity. She joined the Sunday Independent in 1988 and has been its Literary Editor for the last 18 years. She regularly writes about books, arts and travel. She has broadcast on tv and radio about books and publishing and presents at literary festivals and events. She co-founded the Irish Book Awards and lectures on writing at UCD and the Irish Writers’ Centre.
Reviews of courses facilitated by Madeleine Keane:
‘The course was excellent. It was well structured, carefully thought out and professionally delivered. Madeleine made the day great fun. She was refreshingly honest, encouraging, super practical and provided not just her own insights but those of others in the business too. Hers is a real voice of experience. ‘
'Just a short note to say thanks for the course on Saturday which I found really helpful.
It has not only provided me with useful skills and strategies, but it has increased my confidence and self-belief.’