New York University

I am an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. My latest course is Micro Memoir which starts this month. The course is remote, however, I offer several live opportunities throughout. This is the copy for the course.

Several of my students have had their work published in Tiny Love Stories in the New York Times and other places. You can read my story here, and my student Jennie Burke’s here (My Bright, Freckle-Faced Little Brother. This is the copy for the course.

Writing About Health and Beauty

Health and beauty writing is a growing area in publishing, covering a wide range of topics from chronic illness, mental health, and preventative strategies to beauty routines and new therapies and products. This seven-week course, taught by award-winning journalist Estelle Erasmus [co-author of Beautiful Skin (Adams Media)], offers strategies, tips, and tricks on how to brainstorm the next big topic, pitch to online and print publications, and research and find credible experts to build your story from the ground up. The instructor will directly work with you on pitches, essays and articles, and brainstorm topics. During the course, you will receive recorded video interviews from seven editors who cover health and beauty with insight and advice on submitting, and new interviews are added each semester. These include editors from top publications such as The New York Times, Glamour, AARP The Magazine, and GH. You also will interview and build connections with working experts in the health and beauty field. Whether you are a blogger, a new writer, or a published author looking to update your skills, you will leave this class with one service piece, ready-to-publish personal essay, or hybrid essay/reported piece on health or beauty. Previous participants have published articles and essays generated in class in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Next Avenue, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The New York Daily News, WIRED, GH, and more. Health and beauty editors are in the field searching for writers with good stories. Why not let that writer be you?

This course is delivered in an online, self paced (asynchronous) format. The instructor interacts with students and facilitates group discussions within NYU’s online learning platform. There are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion

This is the link to sign up.

This is my faculty page which shows all of my NYU classes.

Writer’s Digest

I teach several classes for Writer’s Digest University.

This is the info on my pitching class. It’s a two-week bootcamp that I created just for Writer’s Digest.

I also teach a personal essay class, that I cap at 10 students.

And for beginner writers I teach a class called Getting Started in Writing where we go through all the genres.

Private Zoom Classes

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