Writing for magazines

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 17/02/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: International House

Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.


What is the course about?

This is a fast-track course in writing for magazines, teaching you the techniques for researching, interviewing and writing magazine articles. Throughout the course you will get feedback on your ideas, and practical help with any difficulties or obstacles you may encounter while you research your stories.

Students say: "So much material was covered, and we got a real insight into what magazine editors are looking for": "It's given me the confidence to do a pitch, write a feature/article and approach editors"; "Class discussions were rich and varied"; "It was a very practical course, packed with great tips and information"; "Brilliant." .

What will we cover?

- How to analyse the market in terms of general features, hard and soft features and specialised articles.
- What makes for a sellable feature and where to look for inspiration.
- Research shortcuts and where to look for extra information. Internet research facilities.
- How to prepare for interviews.
- How to get your readers interested and keep them interested.
- Planning an article.
- Selling an article.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Begin analysing the market both in general features, news features and specialised articles.
- Brainstorm for ideas - recognise what will make a good sellable story and where to look for inspiration.
- Prepare for interviews by researching the subject and formulating the right questions - in the right order.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is tailor-made for students serious about getting their work published and will involve a rigorous approach to analysing the market. Some of the main qualities which will determine an individual’s success or failure are determination, enthusiasm, and hard work. It’s essential you have a good command of English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group work, discussion, handouts highlighting key points and short in-class writing tasks. You will be encouraged to think through issues and determine answers. You may find it useful to practice the writing skills you experiment with in class at home. Verbal feedback will be offered on your writing on a rota basis where time permits.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Before joining the course, you should be reading newspapers and magazines in print and online. Remember – huge proportion of magazine features ideas come from newspapers. Familiarise yourself with the market, noticing which papers and magazines favour particular kinds of articles. Start thinking about what you want to write about and where you think you can place articles. Start asking yourself – why was this article selected….how did they get the idea….how did they do the research?

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offers a range of courses in journalism and non-fiction writing such as Wrting reviews, Travel writing and Writing about food. For more information, please browse the writing section of our website.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

If you are interested in writing and especially writing for magazines, I can recommend this course. The teacher is an experienced journalist who knows the business. She is also a good teacher with illustrations of things we need to develop. She has developed the course to reflect the most important things about writing and journalism.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
A short, straightforward introduction to article writing for magazines. From idea to pitch to execution.
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Review by Stephen / (Posted on 19/02/2019)
I found this to be an excellent course which was totally practical and focussed on getting published. The tutor was excellent at sharing insider tips of the trade and putting skills into practice. She helped me to believe I could do this and I started pitching pieces on the strength of what I have learnt. Very highly recommend.
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Review by juliebu72 / (Posted on 09/06/2018)
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to get published in magazines. The tutor takes great care to understand everyone's objectives and tailors the course to suit all. The advice is well-considered and draws on the tutor's considerable background in journalism and broadcasting and she generously divulges all the insider knowledge that would normally take years to accumulate. One of the best tutors I've ever encountered!
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Review by JulieS / (Posted on 04/06/2018)
This is the second course I have attended run by Susan Grossman as I was so impressed with her 11-week course Freelance Writing and Blogging last summer. This course did not disappoint. Once again, jam-packed with useful information, generous handouts and plenty of opportunities to practice pitching. A great tutor, mentoring skills shone out. Highly recommend.
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Review by Nina Ruff / (Posted on 09/12/2017)
A fantastic tutor. She gave straightforward, pragmatic feedback on the student's work, while also covering the fundamentals of developing and pitching articles. Her knowledge of the industry was exceptional. Within three weeks, I had gained the skills and confidence to pitch an article to a national newspaper, which was subsequently published.
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Review by Tom P / (Posted on 01/12/2017)
If you want to understand 'how to do it'. This is the course.

Journalism is both an art and a science. However, all too often the art of writing a good piece dominates and your work never leaves your computer screen.

Susan has got oodles of experience and knows how to get a piece of work published. In just five weeks I have gone from never believing I would make it, but still loving journalism and writing, to achieving a position as a panel journalist member for an online consumer psychology journal.

That's what I call a result. It was simply by following the rules as laid out so clearly and with no nonsense by Susan in the lessons.
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Review by David / (Posted on 30/06/2017)
The course really opened my eyes to the range of opportunities are out there in regards to magazine journalism. Several things that I found intimidating before now seem completely achievable, so thank you to the tutor for the advice and support.
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Review by Ellen / (Posted on 29/06/2017)
Thanks to your 1 day course I've pitched and had a piece accepted . First class teacher with a lot of content for one day - would definitely consider furthering my knowledge with the 6 week course. Thank you. .
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Review by Jd / (Posted on 16/02/2017)
A very useful course with lots of tips and advice on what to write, who to pitch to and where to get published. The teacher was a very responsive tutor who geared the course towards our individual needs and gave constructive feedback. I'd got my first commission by the time the course finished.
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Review by Cd / (Posted on 13/07/2016)
Tutor Biographies
Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman has been a journalist for 15 years. She has edited The Sunday Telegraph’s lifestyle supplement, interviewed celebrities for The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, commissioned arts pieces for The Times and overseen a literary journal. She is now a freelance features writer and editor, covering everything from food trends to relationships. She holds an MA in Philosophy & Theology from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism from City University.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HJ103

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Mon, eve, 13 Jan - 17 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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