My workshop on freelance writing

Hi Friends, I’m teaching a writing workshop at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on the nuts and bolts of freelance writing in February. This three-hour intensive that is *only $35* is for people who:

  1. already know how to write
  2. want to freelance as a side hustle
  3. are interested in transitioning from a staff job at a publication to the freelance world
  4. are college students who feel that their journalism program isn’t teaching freelance as part of the curriculum (which like 99 percent of schools aren’t doing, by the way)

Class description: Learn the ins and outs of freelance writing from a local journalist, who can teach you the art of brainstorming and pitching stories, the etiquette behind communicating with editors, negotiating and selling your writing, and the rewarding editing and publishing process. SIGN UP HERE.

Over the years, I’ve had countless writers reach out to me via email and social media, asking me for tips on breaking into the freelance world. Request after request, it finally occurred to me, this should be a class! I’ve been freelancing for the past 8 years (moving from side hustle to full-time), and along the way I’ve learned some valuable lessons. I can’t wait for this workshop, and to meet aspiring freelance writers. Hope to see you in the class. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about the writing workshop. cheers, marissa






Fika meets Scandinavian Design story for Domino

Recently I wrote a story for Domino about embracing fika (the Swedish ritual of taking a coffee break) with beautiful housewares designed in Scandinavia. Both beautiful and functional, these home goods from Sweden and its Nordic neighbors will help you experience a true fika. To read the story and see the beautiful designs, click on over to Domino’s site.

A UVA Tradition: The Grillswith

In the latest issue of University of Virginia Magazine I wrote an investigative food history story on the infamous grillswith, a 756-calorie dish involving two grilled doughnuts and a scoop of ice cream that originated from the University Diner and still exists at various restaurants in Charlottesville today. The greasy dish was known as a hangover cure and a good way to soak up booze after a night of gallivanting. Read the story here.