Byline Boot Camp // Webinar

Everything you need to know to get your short nonfiction published.

Byline Boot Camp // Webinar

You have stories to tell, and there are literally thousands of print and online publications looking for content.

This webinar breaks the process of publishing short nonfiction* down into clear, manageable steps that will help you accomplish your goals, whether you want to see your name in print, develop an online platform on an area of expertise, or bring in a steady income as a freelance writer. 


In this webinar you will:

  • IDENTIFY a handful of story ideas worth pursuing by considering the ideas editors are most interested in and the stories you’re best suited to write.
  • EXPLORE publications that exist to answer the question, “Who wants my writing?”
  • LEARN how to pitch your ideas to editors effectively. The presentation will include how to best match an idea to a publication and increase your rate of success.
  • DISCOVER what happens after you hit “send” on your query letter, including everything from responding to rejection to following up when there’s no response to negotiating assignments, signing contracts, and delivering the goods.

By the end of this webinar, you’ll be better equipped to find a good home for your work. From developing relationships with editors and discovering new publications to managing your time and making ends meet, you’ll learn it all! 

*Short nonfiction are articles and essays typically around 700-1200 words.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

2 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

$15 if registered by 5/11/2020
$20 if registered after 5/11/2020

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

About the instructor: Melissa Petro is a freelance writer and writing instructor living in New York City. She has written for Marie Claire, NY Magazine, Pacific Standard Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Esquire, Salon, Daily Beast, The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Jezebel, Narratively, New Inquiry, The Establishment, Rumpus and many other places. In 2015, she was one of three finalist for the PEN America / Fusion Young Emerging Writer's Prize judged by John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henrique. She is the founder and an instructor at Becoming Writers, a community organization that provides free and low cost creative writing workshops to under heard writers. She has a BA in Women's Studies from Antioch College and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School.

Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at