“What’s Your Story?”—Magazine Writing, is designed for motivated storytellers interested in journalism, media communications, or freelancing. The course develops the writing, research, analytical, and communication skills vital to launching a career in these fields: former students have used these skills for careers as professional writers, publicists, editors of in-house journals, and fundraisers for community organizations. Through lectures, class discussions, and assignments, the course is conducted as a “real life” exercise that aims to get students published by the end of the semester. To assist students in avoiding the starving writer syndrome, you will also be introduced to the business of writing in areas such as financial planning, tax tips, invoicing, how much to charge, quoting for jobs, etc.
Topics covered include:
- choosing the right topic
- rhetorical strategies
- conducting and writing-up research
- organizing material
- interviewing techniques
- business tips for survival
This course is designed to introduce learners to the fundamental writing techniques, revision processes, and business considerations vital to becoming a successful author of magazine articles. A primary objective is to have students produce a publishable piece of work by the end of the course.
Individuals interested in launching a career in magazine writing or in print journalism more generally should attend the course.