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EGL 23 W — Introduction to Magazine Writing: A Sampler

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 18—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Feb 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Malena Watrous
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is February 21 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is February 26 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Feb 18—Mar 22
5 weeks
Drop By
Feb 21
1 Unit
Fees
$500
Instructor(s):
Malena Watrous
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is February 21 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is February 26 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Magazine writing seeks to inform, but also to entertain, to delight, to inspire. Successful magazine writers know how to write short but smart, incorporating opinions, description, and research into every line, making their writing sing so that it’s a pleasure to read. In this course, you will learn how to write the kind of brief (400- to 2,000-word) articles most frequently assigned to freelancers: a review; an edited Q&A; and either a first-person personal essay, a profile (using your interview subject from the Q&A), or a how-to piece, targeted at a particular publication. Because learning how to submit to publications is its own practice that requires some guidance, everyone will submit their final piece to at least one publication of their choosing. Depending on that magazine’s submission guidelines, you may either submit this piece as is, or receive guidance on how to write an attention- grabbing story pitch. Last but not least, you will have fun, becoming a stronger writer as you help your classmates do the same, and leaving the course better prepared to continue as a freelance magazine writer.

Malena Watrous, Former Stegner Fellow, Stanford; Online Writing Lead Instructor, Stanford Continuing Studies

Malena Watrous is the author of the novel If You Follow Me and co-author of the novel Sparked. She has contributed to The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, Allure, Real Simple, and many other magazines. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Kerrie Flanagan, Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing (ISBN 978-1440351242)
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