Writing Faith for a Broad Audience with Kaya Oakes 


Learn how to hone your voice and pitch your work to secular and religious publications in this two-part series with master teacher Kaya Oakes

Part One: Getting Your Work Out There 

The contemporary news cycle seems overwhelming, but the role of people who can talk about religion and faith to a broad audience has never been more important. Kaya discussed ways to approach editors, linking your expertise to issues in the news, and what the process of working with editors to develop a personal essay, opinion/editorial or investigative journalism is really like. Recorded March 18, 2019.

Part Two: Crafting and Revising

Once a pitch is accepted, how do you go about writing? In this segment, Kaya examined some of the issues of style, craft and audience that come with writing about issues of religion and faith. She also discussed how editors work with writers and the role a writer plays in sharpening an essay. Recorded March 25, 2019.

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Kaya Oakes is a faculty member in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley, where she teaches creative nonfiction, composition and research writing. She is the author of five books, including  “The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life’s In Betweens to Remake the World.