Get Published: Writing the 800 Word Essay with Jennifer Mattson

Date: October 26, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica College
Address: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Where: Santa Monica, CA

Bicoastal WAM!ming! NYC WAM!mer Jennifer Mattson will be in LA this fall and has graciously agreed to put on one of her fantastic workshops for our WAM!mers in LA at a heavily discounted rate. We can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

About this workshop:

In this workshop, you will learn how to write and publish short pieces and adapt them for various venues.  From op-eds to reported pieces, personal essays to The New York Times’ Modern Love column, the short essay is the deal way to get your stories out into mainstream media. We will discuss how to arrive at the right idea and write a rough first draft. Participants will receive feedback from the instructor.

Bring a computer or favorite notebook. Bring notes if you want but they are completely optional. This class will be a fun, informative and supportive environment for you to begin your ideal essay.

About Jennifer Mattson:

Jennifer Mattson is a writer and journalist. She leads writing workshops around the country and reports on international news, women’s issues, yoga, healthy living, books, arts and culture.

She is a former network news producer for CNN, CNN International and National Public Radio.  She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN’s daily live newscasts and produced CNN’s international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau’s political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. After leaving CNN, she worked as a producer for the NPR show The Connection, as an editor at NPR’s Tell Me More, as spent two years as the Managing Editor of From there she moved to Hong Kong and reported from Asia. Since returning to New York she has worked on the CBS News Foreign Desk, and worked as a breaking news writer and editor for and

Her writing has appeared,, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe,, The Women’s Review of Books, Ms. Magazine, The Women’s Media Center and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health where she is currently a Contributing Writer.