F233. Pitch Perfect: How to Write and Successfully Pitch Freelance Articles to Magazine Editors

Gold Salon 3, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Friday, April 1, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Five writers and editors with extensive backgrounds in print and digital periodicals discuss the tenets of pitching nonfiction work. How do you catch an editor’s eye? How can you make your pitch stand out? The diverse panel of prominent editors and writers with a track record of pitching success details and provides insights into what it takes to get freelance work accepted at a journal or magazine, while exploring topics of professional etiquette, and how to nurture business relationships.


Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is the author of a memoir, Whole, and a novel, The Golem of Seoul, both forthcoming. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as ZYZZYVA, Guernica, the Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, BuzzFeed, and Men Undressed.

Mark Armstrong is an editor for Automattic and founder of Longreads, a global community for finding and sharing outstanding stories on the web. Armstrong started Longreads as a hashtag on Twitter in 2009; the company was acquired by WordPress.com's parent company Automattic in 2014.

Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News.

Rachel Riederer is the editor of the Daily section of Guernica. She has taught academic writing at Columbia University and Baruch College. Her nonfiction has appeared in Tin House, the New Republic, and Best American Essays, among others.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel Somebody's Daughter and another forthcoming. Her fiction has appeared the Kenyon Review, FiveChapters, TriQuarterly, Witness, and Guernica, and her nonfiction has appeared in the Atlantic, Salon, and the New York Times. She teaches creative writing at Brown and Columbia.


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