Uncovering the Secrets of Magazine Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction for Print and Internet Publication / Edition 1

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Overview

With a hands-on approach emphasizing writing to and understanding specific audiences, this text leads students step-by-step through the process of writing for magazines.

Uncovering the Secrets of Magazine Writing discusses the entire writing process from brainstorming an idea to turning it into a saleable article. Examples from published articles illustrate writing techniques, and end-of-chapter exercises give students opportunities for practical experience. The professional, real-world approach is reinforced by interviews and anecdotes from experienced magazine writers and editors, including the author herself.

Features

  • Discusses ethics, inspiring critical thinking and classroom discussion on acceptable professional conduct
  • Features lengthy discussion of the writing process, including researching, outlining, organizing, and narrowing focus, to help students organize their materials and turn them into saleable articles
  • Illustrates common mistakes made during the writing process, to help students avoid common pitfalls and write cleaner, more professional articles
  • Discusses major article types, including the personality profile, how-to, and first-person narrative, all illustrated with published examples, to help students become more versatile writers

Praise for Uncovering the Secrets of Magazine Writing
“The approach this textbook takes, the clarity of information presented, and the style of writing make it a clear leader in the field of magazine writing.”
Douglas Perret Starr, Texas A&M University

“The writing of this text is better than most and seems to attempt to reach students with a style of language that they can understand. I believe the prose...flows well and is highly readable.”
Michael Streissguth, Le Moyne College

“The text is well organized, specific, and covers all of the major topics necessary in teaching a magazine writing class.”
Peter Gross, University of Oklahoma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205376315
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: If You Want to Be a Writer.

1. Magazines Under the Microscope.

2. The Family Tree.

3. What If ... ?

4. Get Joe!

5. “I Did It; So Can You.”

6. The Road Test.

7. Growing the Story.

8. Branching Out.

9. Step by Step.

10. From the Inside Out.

11. Moment of Truth.

12. Moving Forward.

13. Secrets that Sell.

14. The Write Stuff.

15. The Five R's.

Additional Resources.

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