Breaking Into Print Course Details

The course is designed to teach students how to write fiction and nonfiction for magazines and how to sell their work.

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Course Goals & Objectives

Students develop the techniques of professional-level writing. Students develop the ability to direct and submit their writing to specific markets. They will:

      1. Survey the current magazine market by analyzing published stories and articles.
      2. Identify standards set by publishers by researching magazines and identifying techniques and styles set by successful writers.
      3. Write eight complete stories and/or articles.
      4. Write and revise four story/article manuscripts to meet current market specifications set by magazine editors.
      5. Submit two or three final stories/articles to appropriate editors.
      6. Learn how to work with an editor once a story/article is accepted for publication.
      7. Plan and develop on-gong writing projects that match writing skills and interest with editorial needs.

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Outline

Part 1: Writing for your Reader (Assignments 1-4)
You sharpen your powers of descriptive writing, draw on your personal experience for story and article material, and learn to write to a specified word count. You survey the current magazine market to understand publishing standards.


Learn how to plan and construct stories and articles, how to catch the reader’s interest how to build to a climax and how to write a satisfying ending.


The art of perceiving and examining your surroundings for article and story material is taught in the course manual and illustrated by published stories revealing the techniques used by professional authors. This section demonstrates that there are innumerable ways of finding ideas; it also introduces methods for developing rough concepts into polished writing targeted to your readers.

 

Part 2: Finding your Niche (Assignments 5-8)

Your writing takes on a new dimension in this section of the program. You tailor your manuscripts to fit editorial requirements of specific magazines. Your growing grasp of technique and your increasing knowledge of markets helps point the way to your individual writing niche.


Learn the techniques of identifying the market for which you want to write by using the latest Market Directory.


You explore the vast and varied nonfiction markets—their unique features relative to the market for fiction writing—and learn to apply the techniques and sills you have developed to prepare saleable articles. You discover why nonfiction is particularly exciting and hungry market for new authors.


At the end of Part 2, you will have reached a milestone: the completion of two articles or stores, edited and targeted to the market.

 

Part 3: Writing for Publication (Assignments 9-12)
The objective of this program and the challenge to you and your instructor is to develop your skills, resources, and work habits to a level that will prepare you to keep on writing—independently–long after you complete your training. Focusing on the strengths you develop and the concentration you choose, you complete an additional three manuscripts and devise a strategy for marketing them.

Overview

1. Description of a person and autobiographical letter
2. Story using character from Assignment 1
3 .Nonfiction article and writing interest/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, proposal for a new story or article
7. Revision of early story or article, query letter/cover letter, and proposal for new story or article with market choices
8. New story or article, market choice, goals update, proposal for new story or article
9. New story or article, with market choices
10. Revision of earlier story or article, proposal for personal essay topic
11. Personal essay
12. Revision of earlier story or article, or a new story or article targeted to a market, final questions to instructor

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Writing for Children and Teens 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 Writing for Children and
Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publications, ISBN 978-1-88715-58-2.

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publications, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8, 2017.

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers lists virtually every market in North America that buys freelance editorial material for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. More than 670 listings include editors, addresses, current guidelines and specs for submissions, plus information on contests, conferences, and industry news.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

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 Writing for Children and Teens Course

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited b Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.  

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

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 Writing for Children
and Teens Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Writing for Children and Teens 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 Writing for Children and Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publications, ISBN 978-1-88715-58-2.

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publications, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8, 2017.

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers lists virtually every market in North America that buys freelance editorial material for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. More than 670 listings include editors, addresses, current guidelines and specs for submissions, plus information on contests, conferences, and industry news.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

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 Writing for Children and Teens Course

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited b Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

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 Writing for Children and Teens Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

With ICL, all course materials are included. Details below:
ICL Course Manual Institute for Writers

Breaking Into Print 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.

From Inspiration to Publication

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

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

Elements of Style Book IFW

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.

Searching Book IFW

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.

self editing for fiction writers

Self Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Brown and Dave King, William Morrow, 2nd edition, ISBN 0-06-054569-0, 2006.

Two professional editors teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

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