In the How to Pitch Editors Master Class we'll be opening up our folders of story pitches, email correspondences, and expensively framed acceptance letters. We'll talk about generating pitch ideas, building a portfolio, talking to editors, sending cold pitches, developing editorial relationships, and networking. This is a two-day jump start for new and mid-career freelancers.

Ben Mauk is a full-time freelance writer. He writes feature articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The New Yorker online, among other publications. He is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. He has received accolades from the Western Writers of America, and the Overseas Press Club of America, and was a finalist in feature writing for the 2018 National Magazine Award.

This class is in English.



Ben Mauk


Two-day seminar.

Enroll below to receive emails about the next scheduled workshop.

Cost: €100.

Location: Neukölln.


Testimonials for How to Pitch Editors


Best in the business...

“The instructors at the Berlin Writers' Workshop are among the best in the business: brilliant writers, thorough editors, thoughtful teachers, and insightful critics. That all this literary talent has descended on Berlin is tremendously exciting.”

— Carmen Maria Machado, author, Her Body and Other Parties

Impassioned and insightful...

"Ben Mauk is an impassioned and supremely insightful reader. His smart and attentive takes on my stories always left me with a clearer, more confident sense of my own strengths as a writer and helped me understand the collection I was building."

— Mark Mayer, author, The Aerialists

Enormously helpful...

"Whether offering me practical guidance about how to restructure a story, recommending a book or essay that I might find useful, or simply encouraging me to keep going, their intelligence and mentorship have helped me and my writing enormously."

— Ariel Lewiton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Sarabande Books


Student review:

"The Berlin Writers' Workshop is exactly what Berlin has been in need of. Our workshop was brilliantly informative without feeling like a lecture, and our tutor was very supportive."

— Kate

Student review:

The How to Pitch Editors class was fantastic. I gained insights into how to transition to writing for magazines, including crafting stronger pitches. Ben's thoughtful (and humorous) instruction and real world examples of what pitches do/do not work were exactly what I needed to take my nonfiction writing to the next level.

— Caitlin

Student review:

Ben was extremely helpful and informative on all subjects, and I appreciated that he brought real pitches from real work experiences. The environment was professional but not so advanced that I felt intimidated. All in all, it was super helpful.



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