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Thanks for the great class! It was everything I had hoped for and more. Your lessons were thorough and informative, and your responses to our many questions and comments [were] immediate and specific. Your critiques of our individual assignments were encouraging, but honest, and told us exactly what we needed to change or improve. You also praised what we were doing right. Your friendliness and humor, and generous sharing of the lessons you had learned through your personal experience made learning a delight. I can't wait to try my hand at getting published!"
   -- Ellen Weston

"I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the information you have shared with us over the last few weeks. I have found it to be informative and it has given me confidence I have not had before. I have really enjoyed the class and assignments and will miss the feeling of support!"
   -- Sharon T.

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Facilitator:  Kathryn Lay

Workshop Syllabus

Want to break into the print magazine and e-zine markets? Then you need to understand magazines, including the different types of articles they accept, how to study them for ideas, and how to put together a winning query letter. Magazine articles come in all forms and genres. Whether you want to write for religious, parenting, women's, or general interest magazines, preparation will raise your chances of becoming a published magazine writer.

Week 1Understanding Article Types

Writing for the magazine market is more than jotting down a quick query or writing a fast essay, article, story, or filler. In our first week of class you'll work together to study and understand the magazines you hope to write for. We'll also discuss your goals and how to set and reach them as a magazine writer. We'll talk about the many types of magazine writing possibilities there are, the great variety that is open to you as a freelance writer.

Week 2 Finding and Developing Ideas

This week will be devoted to working on finding, keeping, and turning ideas into saleable queries and articles. Ideas are all around you, but do you know them when you see them? Do you know what to do with them?

Week 3The Query Letter

In today's competitive magazine market, understanding and writing a good query letter is the best (and sometimes only) way to get your work in front of an editor. We'll talk about what makes a good query, work on your own queries, and learn what to expect from editors once you've sent out that query.

Week 4Marketing

We'll devote this week to critiquing queries and manuscripts, talking about marketing, following up on queries and manuscripts, what a well-written article looks like, and the ways to reslant/rewrite/resell your writing.

This course is designed to teach students how to begin or strengthen a magazine writing career. For 4 weeks we will work together to study magazines, set goals, learn about the many different types of writing (and therefore opportunities) that magazines buy, create and organize ideas, the whys and hows of query letter writing, marketing, creating expert files, and reselling/reslanting your work for reprint.


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About the Facilitator: Kathryn Lay has had 1600 articles, essays, and stories for children and adults published in magazines and anthologies including Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, Kiwanis, Chicken Soup books, Guidepost anthologies, Christian Parenting Today, Discipleship Journal, U.S. Kids, Cricket, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Writing-World.com, Writing for Dollars, and many more. Kathryn is the author of Crown Me!, a humour novel for ages 8-12 published in 2004 and the author of Josh's Halloween Pumpkin, a picture book published in 2008.

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Workshop Duration: 4 weeks  

Scheduled Sessions for 2012:

January 16th

February 20th

March 26th

April 30th

May 28th

June 25th

August 20th

September 24th

October 29th

November 26th

December 31st


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The following books are not required purchases for this course, but are highly recommended by the facilitator.

The Writer's Market
 by Kathryn S. Brogan

The Writer's Market is a must for any freelance writer.

The Successful Writer's Guide to Publishing
   by Eva Shaw, Ph.D.

Many books today examine the writing aspects of submitting articles to magazines, but few really look at the business side of the process. Dr. Eva Shaw covers these business topics in a way that blends them into the writing process. Finding article ideas, analyzing the publications, contacting editors, writing the query, doing the research and submitting the articles are all discussed in a common sense, pragmatic way. This is a "must have" book for any writer's bookshelf.

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