Writing for Publication

Third Age Trust

Course Tutor: Tony Thornton

This course is for those who want to get their non-fiction articles published in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet. These markets are the best ones for new writers – there are hundreds of such publications and their editors need thousands of stories to fill their pages.

Your work doesn’t have to be brilliant – it just has to be good enough. The course identifies the reasons why manuscripts are rejected and if you follow the Units diligently you will get published.

Writing, like other disciplines, is a craft to be learned and the course examines this in detail. There are skills to be acquired, rules to be adhered to and mistakes to be avoided. These matters are sympathetically addressed in an informal and relaxed way. The Units show you how to improve your writing skills so that you can refine your stories to the standard required for publication.

You will receive practical advice on how to fault-find your work, how to select markets, how to approach and work with editors, and how to prepare your material for submission.

You will be encouraged to produce an article on a subject of your choice and apply what you are learning as the course progresses. By the end of the course, you will know how to write articles to a standard acceptable by editors – how to give them what they want.