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Perfecting Your Pitch: Tips From Editors ♥ ★

Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

UCI Center for Storytelling
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Perfecting Your Pitch: Tips From Editors

Thursday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. PT

Learn how to pitch personal essays, journalism and other nonfiction stories to magazines and other publications. Our expert guest panel of writers and editors will share pitches that worked, stories they’ve edited, and tips for amplifying your voice.

This event is part of an ongoing series by the Center for Storytelling highlighting BIPOC women in storytelling across mediums.


Angela Chen is a science journalist and the author of Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex, which was named one of the Best Books of 2020 by NPR. Her reporting and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Paris Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, and more. She is a contributing editor at Catapult Magazine.


Genelle Levy is a writer and journalist who covers social inequality and social issues within pop culture. She is also a contributing editor at the multimedia company and creative nonfiction outlet Narratively. Her recent story on the secret history of Oakville, Ontario’s Black history recently went viral. She has contributed to Global News, TeenVogue, Shondaland.com, USA Today, Bustle and others.


Neema Roshania Patel is the editor of The Lily at The Washington Post. She came to The Post in 2016 as an editor for the highly visual Select app before joining The Lily‘s founding team. Previously, she worked at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and Kiplinger.


Vauhini Vara is a story editor at The New York Times Magazine and the secretary of Periplus, a mentorship collective serving BIPOC writers. She is a freelance journalist for The Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and more, and the author of the forthcoming novel, The Immortal King Rao. She has worked as an editor and contributing writer at The New Yorker and as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Her work has won honors from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Asian American Journalists Association, and others.


This event will be moderated by Erika Hayasaki, associate professor of English in the Literary Journalism Program.

About the Center for Storytelling

The Center for Storytelling aims to make the insights and tools that the UCI Literary Journalism Program faculty share with students available to others on campus and to the community at large. The Center is planning more panels on the art of live storytelling, virtual reality storytelling, photography, and communicating science to the public. Follow us at @UCILitJ and @UCIHumanities for updates.

Questions? Contact Patricia Pierson at piersonp@uci.edu.