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Replay: Writing Fun and Ethical Advice Columns with Sophia Benoit
Missed our summer session on writing advice columns? Purchase a Replay and get unlimited streams of this class, plus a handy tip-sheet to guide you through your next assignment.
In this session with GQ sex and relationships columnist Sophia Benoit, you’ll learn about the ins and outs of a 300-year-old media tradition. There’s a reason why advice columns are some of the most read sections of any newspaper. People love to gawk. But for the columnist tasked with collecting intimate, raw, and sensitive stories from strangers, providing an amusing answer isn’t enough; they must handle a real person’s problems with care and satisfy the broader audience’s voyeuristic desires. Sophia’s class covers the art of giving advice via writing, how to find topics to write about, and how to bring fun, authority, and authenticity to touchy subjects without doing harm.
This is not a live seminar. Purchase includes: password to access recorded webinar and a tip-sheet from the author to guide you through future projects.
Date: Aug. 10/20
Instructor: Sophia Benoit
Length: 1hr 30 min.
Attachment: Advice columns tip-sheet with access information for recorded tutorial
About the instructor: Sophia Benoit is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. She’s a sex and relationships writer for GQ, and has bylines in The Guardian, Reductress, Refinery29, Allure, The Cut and more. Before journalism, she studied screenwriting and still does stand-up comedy when the world isn’t in a pandemic. She has an advice column newsletter called Here’s the Thing, but you can always always always find her on Twitter.