Reminder for class 1/28

For our next class, make sure you have read “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold.” , by Gay Talese. We will be discussing this so come with something to say, especially  about character development and scenes. Please print out a copy of the story for your reference and bring it to class.

Also, bring five story ideas, about one paragraph each. In each paragraph, please identify “The Main Thing” and “The Other Thing” in your potential story.

And, identify at least two magazines where you would pitch your story and tell me briefly why.

In order to do that, you’ll need a copy of 2009 Writer’s Market or buy a membership (about $6 per month) to

Any questions? Email me.
Thanks. See you Wednesday.


4 responses to “Reminder for class 1/28

  1. “Falling Man” made me think about how we treat victims of crime in the USA. Some victims are heroes and some are treated as partly to blame.

  2. Do we have to have two magazines for each idea? So, that would be 10 magazines total? Or do you mean two magazines for all five ideas?

    • Yes, two magazines for each idea — but it’s OK to mention the same magazine more than once. For instance if you have five ideas, it’s perfectly OK if you think three of them would be appropriate for Esquire, as long as you have a reason why.

      So — two magazines for each idea, but that doesn’t mean you have to come up with 10 magazines.

  3. Victoria Gehman

    I have been trying to sign up for writersmarket all day and it will not work. I am not sure what to do now.

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