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Media masterclass: the feedback from learners at the first course


Busy day last Friday.

It was the first course in my new media masterclass series, offering practical advice to aspiring writers to help them get published.

Here we are [pictured above] in action at the Glynne Arms in Hawarden.

We spent the morning talking about media writing, as opposed to creative writing, for publication in newspapers, magazines and online.

I structured the session around four key themes:

  • Ideas
  • Pitch
  • Structure
  • Network

Here’s what people had to say about the experience at the end of the class:

“Great insight into the process of publication. Great interaction and good group work.” – Philip Parry.

“A very productive workshop about what to / what not to do when pitching and writing an article.” – Shaun Best

“An interesting insight into the world of writing for the media. Very entertaining.” – Cheryl Davies

“A very good intro to the ideas behind writing an article and the processes to be followed.” – Susan Davidson

“The course reassured me that much of what I know if accurate and added further wisdom to it.” – Becky Sowray

“Very practical session. Enjoyed the sharing of information, the informality and the honesty.” – Paul Diggory.

The next course is pencilled in for February 2015 but sign up for the newsletter on the home page for the latest news and updates.

Big plans for expansion, so watch this space.

Media writing course from David Atkinson on Vimeo.

Short clip of the first of my new series of media workshops. Filmed at the Glynne Arms, Hawarden, October 17, 2014. The theme for the first workshop was ‘Getting your story published’. Next course? February 2015; details from atkinsondavid.com.

Media writing course: Some warm-up exercises for next week



So, next week then.

It’s the first course I’m running in a series of workshops offering my insider secrets to writing for the media.

To help us get our thinking caps on, I’d like you to read this recent travel article from the Independent, Anglesey from all angles.

Read it carefully, not just for content but for style, structure, use of language etc. Then post a comment below telling us what you think of it and why.

Did you enjoy the way the story was written? Why was the piece chosen for publication over others? What aspects did you like/dislike?

When you post, please also include a brief introduction to yourself, so we can get to know each other a bit before the class next Friday and start a bit of a dialogue between us a a group.

I’ll do the same. And, over the week to come, I’ll post a couple more links to get the discussion flowing.

Looking forward to meeting everyone next Friday – aim for 9.15am at The Glynne Arms, 3 Glynne Way, Hawarden CH5 3NS.

Please call or email with any questions.

Coming soon: how to get your story published course

Bookings are now open for for my new day course: insider secrets of journalism. Journo basics 1

This is the first in a series of short day courses I’ll be running at Gladstone’s Library over the months to come as a freelance media tutor.

In course one I’ll be sharing my top tips for getting your work into print based on 15 years of experience as a freelance writer.

The date is Friday, October 17 and the cost is £45pp, including coffee upon arrival and e-leaning support around the course.

The next course will run February 27, 2015 with the theme of finding your voice as a blogger.

I’ll also be available for private mentoring – fees upon request.

Contact me as above for details or book online at the link to workshops.

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