- Magazine Writing, by Christopher D. Benson
T1.10 Introduction to Course
R1.12 Chapter 1: Beginning the Journey
T01.17 Chapter 2: The Inside Story
Video Presentation: Magazine Industry
R01.19 Cont. The Inside Story
T01.24 Chapter 3: Magazine Markets
R01.26 Cont. Magazine Markets
T01.31 Chapter 4: The Big Idea
R02.02 Cont. The Big Idea
T02.07 Chapter 5: Sharpening the Angle
R02.09 Cont. Sharpening the Angle
T02.14 Chapter 6: Pitch Perfect
02.16 Cont. Pitch Perfect
T02.21 Chapter 7: Research: Good Storytelling
R02.23 Cont. Research: Good Storytelling
T02.28 Research day for life story
Read and examine the elements of structure in the story, How to Be Polite. Consider the balance of elements (refer to the text’s AFEQ vision test). How does it check out?
Now, write a summary of the theme, pointing to how it is established in the opening (lead and nutgraf), and reinforced in the closing (setup and payoff). Does the writer effectively set out the theme in the opening and relate it back through the closing in a way that creates takeaway value for the reader? Discuss how.
- Jude Habib: What Are The Building Blocks Of Good Stories
R03.02 Chapter 8: Structure: Good Storytelling
T03.07 Chapter 9: Structure II: Mortar for Storytelling Blocks
Read the story Why I Bought A House In Detroit for $500. Make notes of the transition that are used in a selection of 10-15 paragraphs, and especially note the transitional terms used.
How might you substitute connective language?
Now consider how the word selection helps to move the story forward. Where do you stumble over word choices? How might you smooth out these stumbles with substituted language?
Finally, how might “color verbs” and “beats” add a dimension to the story that helps the flow?
- After Watching This, Your Brain Will Not Be The Same
R03.09 Chapter 10: Self-Edit
T03.14 Spring Break
R03.16 Spring Break
T03.21 Chapter 11: Literary Nonfiction
R03.23 Cont. Literary Nonfiction
T03.28 Workshop Literary Nonfiction
R03.30 Chapter 12: The Profile
- Literary Nonfiction Piece due by midnight on Sunday, April 2
T04.04 Cont. The Profile
R04.06 Workshop Profile Piece
- Profile Piece due by midnight on Tuesday, April 11
T04.11 Chapter 13: Service
R04.13 Continue Service
T04.18 Workshop Service
R04.20 Chapter 14: Arts and Entertainment
- Service Piece due by midnight on Sunday, April 23
T04.25 Continue Arts and Entertainment
R04.27 Workshop Arts and Entertainment
- Arts and Entertainment Piece due by midnight, Tuesday May 2
- Portfolio and due by 9:30 AM, Friday, May 5.