Basics of Writing Stories and Articles
for Publication Course Details

Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication offers you professional instruction in fiction and nonfiction writing for magazines.

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Course Goals & Objectives

1.       Survey the current magazine market by analyzing published stories and articles
2.     Identify standards of professional writing set by publishers, and learn to meet those standards
3.       Learn techniques of revision and revise successive drafts to be suitable for submission to an editor
4.      Create two plans for articles/stories, write a portion of the manuscript, and summarized the remainder

5.      Write five original articles/stories

6.      Submit one or more story/articles to an appropriate editor for publication

curriculum

Outline

Part 1: Getting Acquainted with the Writer’s World (Assignments 1-4)
Learn how to find story and article ideas from your interests and experience, how to observe with a writer’s eye, and how to transform incidents from real life into fiction or nonfiction.

Part 2: Ideas, Techniques, and Markets (Assignments 5-8)
Develop techniques to attract and entertain readers by planning and writing stories/articles with universal appeal, and matching to suitable magazines.

 

Overview

1.  Description of a person and autobiographical letter 
2.  Story using character from Assignment 1
3.  Nonfiction article and writing interests/goals note 
4.  New story or article with market choices 
5.  The summary of a new story or article, the opening, and two possible magazine markets
6.  Completed story or article from Assignment 5/goals note 
7.  Revision of early story or article, query letter/cover letter, and proposal for personal essay topic
8.  Personal essay or new story, market choice, final questions to instructor

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Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication Course Manual, IFW Publications.

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Writers Market,edited by Robert Lee Brewer, Writers Digest Books, 6th edition, ISBN 978-1-44034-773-3.

Writer's Market guides you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents—as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.

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The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

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On Writing Well:The Classic Guide to Writing. William Zinsser, Harper Perennial, 7th edition, ISBN 978-0-06-089154-1, 2006.

Known for its sound advice, On Writing Well offers you fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.

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Voices in Today’s Magazines, IFW Publishing, ISBN 978-1-889715-48-3.

An anthology of notable published fiction and nonfiction with a purpose: to give you 81 outstanding models of characterization, dialogue, viewpoints, endings, settings, leads, conflict, climax, voice, flashbacks, (and every aspect of each of these elements), to examine, understand, consider and, perhaps, add to your arsenal of skills.

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Supplementary Instructional Materials published by Writers Institute, Inc. 2001-2010

- Pointers from the Pros
- Grammar Tip sheets

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Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

Writers Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, Writers Digest Books, 6th edition, ISBN 978-1-44034-773-3.

Writer's Market guides you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents—as well as new playwriting and screenwriting sections. These listings feature contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.

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The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

On Writing Well:The Classic Guide to Writing. William Zinsser, Harper Perennial, 7th edition, ISBN 978-0-06-089154-1, 2006.

Known for its sound advice, On Writing Well offers you fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.

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Voices in Today’s Magazines, IFW Publishing, ISBN 978-1-889715-48-3.

An anthology of notable published fiction and nonfiction with a purpose: to give you 81 outstanding models of characterization, dialogue, viewpoints, endings, settings, leads, conflict, climax, voice, flashbacks, (and every aspect of each of these elements), to examine, understand, consider and, perhaps, add to your arsenal of skills.

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Supplementary Instructional Materials published by Writers Institute, Inc. 2001-2010

- Pointers from the Pros
- Grammar Tip sheets

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Writers Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, Writers Digest Books, 6th edition, ISBN 978-1-44034-773-3.

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The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

On Writing Well

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing. William Zinsser, Harper Perennial, 7th edition, ISBN 978-0-06-089154-1, 2006.

Known for its sound advice, On Writing Well offers you fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

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Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.

Voices in Todays Magazines

Voices in Today’s Magazines, IFW Publishing, ISBN 978-1-889715-48-3.

An anthology of notable published fiction and nonfiction with a purpose: to give you 81 outstanding models of characterization, dialogue, viewpoints, endings, settings, leads, conflict, climax, voice, flashbacks, (and every aspect of each of these elements), to examine, understand, consider and, perhaps, add to your arsenal of skills.

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Supplementary Instructional Materials published by Writers Institute, Inc. 2001-2010.

– Pointers from the Pros
– Grammar Tip sheets