Essentials for Magazine Writing

Hours: 24 / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $139.95

Course Overview:

Do you enjoy writing and learning about new things?  Have you ever wondered if you could actually make money writing magazine articles?  The magazine business is thriving and growing even in the digital age, and the demand for well-written articles remains high.  This course will prepare you to enter the world of nonfiction magazine writing by walking you through the process, step-by-step.  By the end of the course, you will be ready to submit your first article for publication.

Students will:
  • Use market guides and online listings to identify the topics that are currently in demand.
  • Use a variety of methods to generate ideas for your article.
  • Determine the topic and purpose for your article.
  • Develop a brief outline for your article.
  • Explore a variety of magazines in the demand areas.
  • Identify a target magazine(s) on which to focus your article.
  • Closely read and evaluate several editions of the magazine.
  • Identify the magazine’s submission guidelines.
  • Research the editors to find the right one for your article.
  • Identify characteristics of the readers for the magazine.
  • Evaluate examples of query letters.
  • Identify key components of a query letter.
  • Write query letters for the article.
  • Research your topic using reliable and relevant resources.
  • Interview an expert on the topic.
  • Develop an outline for your article.
  • Identify ways to “hook” your reader.
  • Write an article.
  • Revise and edit your article using a variety of sources.
  • Submit the article for publication.
  • Identify ways to improve your pitch.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1:  Know the Market

In Lesson 1, you'll learn how to use market guides and online listings to find current trends and topics of interest in the most popular magazines.  Knowing the market will help you to identify a topic for your article that will sell. 

Lesson 2:  Choose a Topic

In Lesson 2, you'll use a variety of sources to help you decide on a topic for an article, which can often be the hardest part of the process. 

Lesson 3:  Know the Magazine

In Lesson 3, you will explore magazines that align with your chosen topic.  The idea is to select a few magazines that will be interested in your article, then find out everything you can about the magazine and its editors.  This will give you a huge advantage and demonstrate that you are working as a professional.

Lesson 4:  Sell Your Idea

In Lesson 4, you will learn how to present your idea to an editor.  This has been described as the most important step in the process, as it will determine whether or not you should proceed with actually writing your article.  You will learn this important step by closely evaluating examples of successful query letters, and following a proven formula for writing and submitting your own query letters. 

Lesson 5:  Research and Interview

In Lesson 5, you'll learn how to research your topic thoroughly, including conducting a personal interview, in order to gather accurate and interesting material for your article.  You'll also experiment with different ways to organize the materials so that they can be easily retrieved for future use.  

Lesson 6:  Writing Techniques

In Lesson 6, you'll begin to write your article, finally!  You will explore the entire writing process including: organizing all of the material you have collected; writing a great lead to hook your reader; wrapping it up effectively; and revising. Also in this lesson, you'll see examples of what not to do when crafting your article. 

Lesson 7:  Submitting Your Article

In Lesson 7, you'll learn how to write a cover letter that will accompany your article submission to the magazine editor.

All necessary course materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**