Instructor: Kathryn Miles
Date & Time: 
Saturday, March 23 | 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Maximum Attendees:
Member: $50 | Nonmember: $105
Registration Closes: March 18

Every magazine has its own tenor, from the tony erudition of The New Yorker to the hipster vibe over at Vice.  Becoming fluent in that patois is the real key to a flourishing career as a freelance writer.

In this workshop, participants will study voice and tone in a series of popular glossy magazines, and explore how they can transform their favorite subject matter into successful articles. Along the way, the class will also have the opportunity to discuss the successful pitch, how to forge a longstanding relationship with editors, and what to look for in contracts and the publication process.

+ PLEASE BRING Participants in this workshop are asked to bring copies of the March issues of The Atlantic, Good Housekeeping, and Outside (keep in mind that newsstands turn over monthly stock mid-month; therefore, you will want to purchase and review these magazines prior to March 15). Please also bring with you a target publication of your choosing, along with any story ideas or drafts that you already have underway.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will occur online, using the video meeting platform Zoom, which means students may participate from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere with a reliable, fast internet connection). Upon registration, students will be emailed a link that they may click to enter the class on March 23. Students will not be required to create a Zoom account to participate, however it will be necessary to download the software, and students are strongly advised to do so in advance of the workshop. On Thursday, March 21 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, program director Hannah Perry will offer a one-hour remote test session. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the test session, and those who do not are responsible for setup and installation on their own.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: a reliable, fast internet connection (broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), speakers & a microphone (built-in or USB plug-in), and a webcam (built-in or USB plug-in). Full details on supported Operating Systems, internet browsers, and more can be found here: If you would like to test your internet connection and your computer’s compatibility with Zoom, click here for instructions:

MilesKathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and science writer. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Louis University and took both her Master of Arts and Doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. Miles is the author of four books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, and Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake.  Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She currently serves as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.  She lives in Portland, Maine.

All MWPA workshops require advanced registration. We accept registration by phone, mail, and online via PayPal. We cannot guarantee registration in the final 24-hours before a workshop, and can rarely accommodate day-of registration.

If you need to withdraw from a class after registering for any reason, please email or call the MWPA immediately. You may be eligible for a partial refund or credit, depending on how far in advance you cancel.

For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at

Call 207-228-8263 and register with your VISA or MasterCard.

If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.



The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on February 26 at 9:00 a.m.

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