Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication Course Overview

Designed for the aspiring writer interested in a more compact, economical yet comprehensive program combining the fiction and nonfiction techniques required by editors in today’s markets. Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication is designed to teach the fundamentals of writing fiction and non-fiction for submission to a wide range of magazines published for adult readers. Students write and revise one nonfiction article, one short story, and two outlines targeted to specific magazines to meet their editorial requirements.

Our courses are designed for you to set your own pace. The average student takes about 208 hours to complete all assignments. Although most students complete this course in 12 months, ICL allows up to 18 months to complete Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication.

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Pointers from the Pros
- Grammar Tip sheets

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College Credits and Professional Development Hours: The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that our graduates be awarded 4 college credits. No matter where you live, you can obtain these credits from Charter Oak State College—which functions under the credit-granting authority of the Connecticut Board—for a fee anytime within five years of your completion of the Institute’s course. You can have Charter Oak “transcript” these credits to any college, university, or school board. Teachers may be able to receive professional development hours. Check with your district or administrators.