Thanks for the great class! It
was everything I had hoped for and more. Your lessons were thorough and
informative, and your responses to our many questions and comments
[were] immediate and specific. Your critiques of our individual
assignments were encouraging, but honest, and told us exactly what we
needed to change or improve. You also praised what we were doing right.
Your friendliness and humor, and generous sharing of the lessons you had
learned through your personal experience made learning a delight. I
can't wait to try my hand at getting published!"
"I just wanted to let you
know how grateful I am for the information you have shared with us over
the last few weeks. I have found it to be informative and it has given
me confidence I have not had before. I have really enjoyed the class and
assignments and will miss the feeling of support!"
Facilitator: Kathryn Lay
Want to break into the print magazine and e-zine markets? Then you need to understand magazines, including the different types of articles they accept, how to study them for ideas, and how to put together a winning query letter. Magazine articles come in all forms and genres. Whether you want to write for religious, parenting, women's, or general interest magazines, preparation will raise your chances of becoming a published magazine writer.
Week 1: Understanding Article Types
Writing for the magazine market is more than jotting down a quick query or writing a fast essay, article, story, or filler. In our first week of class you'll work together to study and understand the magazines you hope to write for. We'll also discuss your goals and how to set and reach them as a magazine writer. We'll talk about the many types of magazine writing possibilities there are, the great variety that is open to you as a freelance writer.
Week 2: Finding and Developing Ideas
This week will be devoted to working on finding, keeping, and turning ideas into saleable queries and articles. Ideas are all around you, but do you know them when you see them? Do you know what to do with them?
Week 3: The Query Letter
In today's competitive magazine market, understanding and writing a good query letter is the best (and sometimes only) way to get your work in front of an editor. We'll talk about what makes a good query, work on your own queries, and learn what to expect from editors once you've sent out that query.
Week 4: Marketing
We'll devote this week to critiquing queries and manuscripts, talking about marketing, following up on queries and manuscripts, what a well-written article looks like, and the ways to reslant/rewrite/resell your writing.
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The following books are not required purchases for this course, but are highly recommended by the facilitator.
The Writer's Market
The Writer's Market is a must for any freelance writer.
The Successful Writer's Guide to
Many books today examine the writing aspects of submitting articles to magazines, but few really look at the business side of the process. Dr. Eva Shaw covers these business topics in a way that blends them into the writing process. Finding article ideas, analyzing the publications, contacting editors, writing the query, doing the research and submitting the articles are all discussed in a common sense, pragmatic way. This is a "must have" book for any writer's bookshelf.