Writing for Magazines Course Details

This course is designed to teach the student how to write articles and stories targeted to the children’s and your adult periodical market.

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Course Goals & Objectives

1.       Identify personal writing goals and work with instructor to accomplish them.
2.      Learn the fundamentals of story and article development, writing, and revising.
3.       Learn how to survey and analyze current children’s magazines and then target writing to specific magazines.
4.      Develop skills preparing to carry out on-going writing projects.

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Outline

Writing for Magazines is designed to teach you how to write articles and stories targeted to the children’s and young adult periodical market.

Part 1 – Introduction to Fiction and Nonfiction, and the current markets for Magazine Stories and articles for Children and Teens (Assignments 1-4)
You are introduced to the structure of fiction and nonfiction and practice story and article writing techniques. Analyze published stories and articles to understand the standards required by publishers. Identify the techniques and styles used by successful writers in the juvenile magazine field.

Part 2 – Targeting the Market (Assignments 5-7)
Identify magazines for which you want to write and learn how to tailor your stories and articles to fit the editorial requirements of each magazine—its readership, length, subject matter, and submission requirements. Categories of magazine stories and articles are defined and explained with examples drawn from the course text, Best of the Children’s Market. Students write and revise two manuscripts for selected children’s magazines. A short introduction to children’s book writing is provided.

Overview

1.  Story OR article based on picture and Autobiographical letter
2.  Objective description of a child OR Description of an animal, event, scene, or action
3.  Self-view of child described in Assignment 2 OR Article based on research with market choices
4.  Story from word list with market choices OR Article based on interview with market choices and Note about current writing interests
5.  Three story or article outlines with magazine choices
6.  Complete story or article from Assignment 5 outline or plan
7.  Final story or article with magazine choices

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Material Included in your Writing for Magazines Course

Writing for Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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Material Included in your Writing for Magazines Course

Writing for Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines 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 Magazines 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.

IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Magazines 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 Magazines Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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

Writing for Magazines 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

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.

Magazine Markets for Childrens Writers

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.

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.

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.

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Supplementary Instructional Materials IFW Publications: Talk Abouts.