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The Art of the Magazine Essay

Saturday, August 5, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cascade C

Placing short essays in magazines can build your visibility as a writer, and often, your bank account. This engaging, high-energy workshop will define the genre with published examples, and teach writers how to come up with original and compelling ideas. We’ll discuss the literary elements of a magazine essay, how to craft and revise and pitch them to targeted publications. In addition, we’ll talk about how published authors can use magazine essays to build readership and promote their books, and how emerging authors can attract the addition of literary agents and book editors by working in this fun and exciting genre.


Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. She’s the author of two memoirs–Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009), plus the young adult novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). Her essays and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, Hemispheres, Orion, High Country News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Normal School, Writer’s Digest, and numerous other publications. She’s a co-founder and consultant at Creator & Collector Services. When she’s not reading and writing, she loves to run and hike and kayak and travel to strange places with her husband, daughter, and rescued terrier.

Melissa Hart