Writing for Publication
Publishing an article requires writing ability, a worthwhile subject, research of appropriate publications, editors and audiences, subject knowledge, timing, and some luck.
This course is about minimizing luck and maximizing the other components of an interesting, well-written article to better its chances for publication. The topics covered are appropriate for electronic and print.
Topics to be covered
- The process of contacting editors
- How to research publications appropriate for your articles or find publications for which you think you could write
- Researching websites and hard cover copies
- Meeting submissions requirements
- The pitch and, if required, how to write it
- The pitch is one of the most difficult kinds of writing
- Organization, length, style
- After the pitch, how to write the article
- Hooking your audience
- Crafting the opening sentence, probably the most important sentence in the article
- Obeying the word count instructions for the publication
- Keeping the article short, because short articles have a greater chance of publication than long ones
- Interviewing people for their insight and inclusion in the article
- Interviewing people for profile articles
- Writing titles
- You should write for the audience of a particular magazine and no one else
- Particulars of audience analysis
- Should you include visuals?
- Placement within the article
- Attachments to article for illustration purposes
- Adhere to resolution of dpi requirements for photos
- Working with a staff photographer
- Worthwhile conversations
- Editing and reviewing
- Adhering to deadlines and sending in the article as word documents or pdfs
Dates and locations to be announced.