Writing music journalism

Course Dates: 09/06/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn how to write journalistically about music, from reviews to interviews, in this intensive one-day course.
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Writing music journalism
  • Course Code: HJ129
  • Dates: 09/06/24 - 09/06/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Liam Konemann

Course Code: HJ129

Sun, day, 09 Jun - 09 Jun '24

Duration: 1 session

Any questions? writing@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 4582 0415

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What is the course about?

Whether you’re interested in record reviews or interviewing musicians, this short course will cover the key kinds of story you’ll find in music websites and newspapers, and help you to better understand how to craft a story to pitch for publication.

What will we cover?

- Release schedules and where to get ideas for music pieces.
- How to develop your ideas into a story.
- Reviewing records and interviewing musicians.
- Pitching your work for publication.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Differentiate between outlets and their audiences.
- Write a short review for a piece of music.
- Plan a feature idea.
- Pitch an article or blog post for publication.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No formal requirements except a good standard of literacy and a love of reading.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Analysis of short pieces in class through group discussion.
- Short writing exercises.
- Formal instruction from the teacher combined with group discussion.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a range of journalistic and creative non-fiction writing courses, including Introduction to Journalism and Biography Writing.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Liam Konemann

Liam Konemann is a writer and editor based in London. He is the author of the non-fiction book The Appendix: Transmasculine Joy in a Transphobic Culture (2021) and a novel, The Arena of the Unwell (2022; both 404 Ink). A freelance journalist since 2015, his work has appeared in Gay Times, NME, Dazed and more.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.