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

Ashley Aadland-Lessa
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(23)
In this 8-week course, students will learn the basics of magazine writing, from pitching an idea to editing their work.

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 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 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. 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(23)
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... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 11-15
3-10 learners per class

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