Beyond the Basics: Creating and Selling Short Stories and Articles Overview

Beyond the Basics is designed to train you for independent, professional-level work. By the time you finish this course you will complete at least four manuscripts that are suitable for submission to magazine editors. The course teaches the development, writing, and revision of three articles and/or stories suitable for submission to current children’s publications. The emphasis is on targeting writing to editorial needs including advanced work in researching, planning, writing, self-editing, and creating submissions directed to meet editorial specifications of children’s magazines.

Our courses are designed for you to set your own pace. The average student takes about 395 hours to complete all assignments. Although most students complete this course in 18 months, ICL allows up to 2 years to complete Beyond the Basics: Creating and Selling Short Stories and Articles.

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Material Included in your Beyond the Basics Course

Beyond the Basics: Creating and Selling Short Stories and Articles Course Manual, IFW Publishing.

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 Beyond the Basics Course

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-23-9, 2021.

Offers a complete roadmap to the changing world of publishing — get the inside scoop on what print and digital publishers are looking for in 2022. In addition to 588 new and updated listings, you’ll find bonus articles to boost your knowledge of the industry and increase your odds of getting published. Plus, you’ll find sections devoted to helping you create a polished submissions package including how to write and format a query letter and how to properly format your manuscript so you can make a professional impression on publishers.

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Material Included in your Beyond the Basics

First-Time Authors, IFW Publications.

An anthology of 64 children’s writers first published pieces with comments from authors and editors.

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Material Included in your Beyond the Basics Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publishing:
Talk Abouts.

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Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Course Manual is your road map to a finished novel. Step by Step, with your instructor by your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, Writer’s Digest Books.

This handbook includes dozens of essays by masters of the novel. You'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Novel and Short Story Writer Market: he Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, Amy Jones, editor, ISBN-13: 978-1440354939.

The Novel and Short Story Writer Market book will help unlock the secret of a successful submission package for an editor or agent. You’ll use this market directory in conjunction with outside research and your instructor’s suggestions to determine exactly what to include and where to send your submission package.

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Material Included in your Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

Why Choose IFW

  • Customized – one-on-one Instructor
  • Reputable – time-tested, quality curriculum
  • Affordable – tuition payment plans available
  • Flexible – write anytime, anywhere, at your own pace
  • Approved – earn college credits
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College Credits

College Credits and Professional Development Hours: The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that our graduates be awarded 6 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.