Magazine Writing

Magazine Writing

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Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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Wouldn’t you be thrilled to see your name in print on the byline of a magazine article? This course will give your dreams a foundation with suggestions on how to think up, research, create, and sell a magazine article. Students of this course also receive ideas on how to develop the craft of writing articles into a once-in-a-lifetime experience, part-time work, or a full-time occupation, according to the route that best fits your present and future schedule. 

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define what makes a good magazine article
  • Recall strategies for creating readable writing
  • Identify methods for developing focus
  • List the steps for preparing your manuscript for submission

Magazine Writing Module 1
Learning the Business and Getting Started

With a constant need for freelance creations by magazines, the opportunities are abundant. Module 1 shares tips on how to assess magazines to find target markets for your interest, expertise and writing style. You’ll learn how to craft query letters to magazine editors, by far your best sales tool. This module prompts you to assess yourself, to ascertain your strengths and identify your weak points that need development. Students are encouraged to realize that good writers should never be baffled by rejections, because like all writing, the more you do, the better you become. The analyzing processes described in this module emphasizes the importance of getting a feel for each target publication so that you can slant your writing to match the magazine's style and generate a strong connection to the readers.

  • What is a Magazine Article
  • It Starts with You – A Self-Assessment
  • Slanting to the Readers, or Analyzing the Market
  • Writing to Your Readers
  • Why Queries Are Necessary
  • Query Writing

Magazine Writing Module 2
Creating Readable Writing

This module kicks-off with the topic of titles, how establishing the title first helps you boil down the essence of your story. You will learn tips on how to write all three portions of the article—the title, lead and the ending—in a clever manner which is vital to creating a superior magazine article. This module covers how to write readable copy by first deciding on a clear message for your article and using simple and concise language. You will discover that the main goal in writing magazine articles is to catch the eye of your readers and draw them in. Engaging your audience requires lively details, dramatic action, and a quote or two to make it come alive in their minds. An equally important goal that you will explore is selling your piece to an editor.

  • Writing an Effective Title
  • Writing a Lead
  • Writing a Strong Ending
  • What is Readable?
  • The Details of Action
  • Relationships & Intelligence

Magazine Writing Module 3
Developing Focus and Finding Facts

Module 3 emphasizes the importance of establishing a strong focus even before you craft a single word. With a strong focus, both research and writing is quicker, since you can limit it to the exact theme of the story. The module covers how to develop an outline to organize your research. If your article contains facts, you need to incorporate supporting evidence into your writing. You will learn how to prepare and select illustrations to include with your article and explore finding and adhering to illustration submission guidelines since every magazine is different. This module also includes how to put your best writing efforts in to creating compelling captions for your illustrations.

  • Focus & and Outline
  • Pinning Down Specifics
  • The Importance of Illustrations
  • What Makes a Good Illustration
  • Writing Captions

Magazine Writing Module 4
Preparing Your Product

Module 4 covers the steps necessary to prepare and present a professional package to an editor, whether it’s in an electronic format, a hardcopy version, or both. A pleased editor is more likely to help you get your article published. You will learn how to develop a professional business approach to the field of writing and discover techniques for maximizing profits from your authoring efforts. Throughout all the modules in this course, you explore the importance of the writing process.  However once you have a draft, the real work begins. The key lies in the editing and rewriting and polishing of your article into a true gem.

  • Preparing the Article
  • The Cover Sheet, Illustrations & Extras
  • Uninterrupted Time & Appropriate Tools
  • Doing Your Homework
  • Writing, Editing, Rewriting

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The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.