CW 48 W — Magazine Writing: Becoming the Writer That Editors Need
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 24—Mar 18
Refund Deadline: Jan 27
Instructor(s): Kerrie Flanagan
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
There are thousands of print and digital magazines, and they all have one thing in common: they need writers. In this course, we will go step by step through the process of writing and publishing magazine articles, from idea to publication. Through lectures, discussions, activities, and weekly writing assignments, you will learn what it takes to be the kind of writer that editors want to work with. During the eight weeks, you will learn how to create and refine ideas, study a magazine, read submission guidelines, explore the different types of articles, become familiar with submission etiquette, discover what to look for in contracts, learn how to write a query letter that gets assignments, and understand what makes an effective article. As the course unfolds, there will be opportunities to get constructive critique and feedback on the assignments, which will include a query letter, a service piece, and a personal essay. When the course is completed, you will have the tools, knowledge, and understanding of how the magazine world works and be well on your way to seeing your byline on articles and getting paid for them.
Kerrie Flanagan is the author of Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing, along with seventeen other books. She was the founder of Northern Colorado Writers and led the group for ten years. During her twenty-plus years in the writing industry, she has worked with hundreds of writers through classes, individual consultations, and presentations at writing conferences across the country.
Writing Consultant; Freelance Writer; Author
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) Kerrie Flanagan and Angela Mackintosh, Writer's Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing: A Practical Guide to Selling Your Pitches, Crafting Strong Articles, & Earning More Bylines (ISBN 978-1440351242)