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From Concept to Cover Story: Magazine Writing Overview (Ages 11-15)

In this 8-week course, students will learn the basics of magazine writing, from pitching an idea to editing their work.
Ashley Aadland-Lessa
22 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Through this course students will learn: 
-The steps to writing an article. 
-How to conduct thorough research. 
-How to interview a subject effectively. 
-How to pitch an article to a publication.
-How to look at a magazine and quickly determine the audience. 
-Best practices for writing an article and tips to make it better with each edit. 

Students will come away with: 
-A 500-word or longer article on a topic of their choice.
-A title and cover image for a fictional magazine. 

Students will build on their confidence as writers, engage in curiosity, and learn about how they can get published if they so desire. 
I am a working freelance magazine writer with published work in several print magazines as well as multiple web-based publications. I have a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College where I focused on magazine writing and creation coursework. I have taught a similar course in-person to students in an after-school setting. 
Students will need to work on their articles outside of class, including doing research on their subject, conducting an interview, writing/editing their piece, and designing their cover images. Students will get out of the class what they put into it; at minimum, students should expect an hour of work outside of class time each week, but they can put in more if they like.
Students should bring paper and a writing utensil to every class. Students may choose to use other items to create elements of their article or cover such as a camera, drawing materials, graphic design apps, etc. We will briefly chat about using or Word to create a cover image, but the use of these programs is not required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will learn the tools to edit their own work and improve each draft. Students will also Students have time to critique each other's work of desired, (this will be voluntary and students will be asked to offer constructive criticism only). Students will be asked to submit at least one draft of their work to me for edits during the course to help them improve their piece.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be allowed to write about a topic of their choice. Students will need to do research outside of class and may choose to interview a person as part of their article creation. Parents should supervise their student's research and approve of their topic choice; topics will be picked by the end of class on week 2. 
Students may need to conduct web-based or other research outside of class. Parents can discuss and decide what method works best for their child. 


Ashley Aadland-LessaRead, Write and Create with a Professional Writer!
22 total reviews
88 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I’m Ashley! 

I am a professional writer and a 6th-grade ELA teacher. I have a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and I am certified to teach ELA for grades 5-12. I am also a teaching artist that is well-versed in... 
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