Well-crafted articles can move readers to take action or change their way of thinking. During this four-week online course on article writing, you will learn to focus your primary idea into a clear, compelling message, and how to edit your own article before turning it in.
Diane McDougall, a writer and editor with more than 30 years experience, will guide you step-by-step through the process of crafting an effective article. She specializes in magazines — from the faith-based nonprofit world (EFCA Today, Worldwide Challenge and World Vision) to airline magazines (Ethiopian Airline’s Selamta) and higher-ed (the University of Virginia’s alumni magazine, Virginia).
Please bring an assignment you are currently working on — have already started researching or interviewing for — so that you can complete it during the course.
You will learn to:
- identify your primary point and create an outline from which to start writing
- use only the best quotes, craft strong anecdotes, and research facts to support your primary point
- confirm that your primary point is well supported, then write a strong conclusion
- edit your work
The schedule is flexible in order to meet the needs of each student. The only scheduled events are the weekly one-hour live sessions. These sessions are recorded and available online anytime if the student is not able to attend the live session. Exact dates and times for the sessions is to be determined.
Background reading: Writing Effective Magazine Articles
Live session: Attend a one-hour online live session with the instructor. Sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be available 24/7 within a few hours after the live event.
Forum discussion: Participate in the class forum by making comments and asking questions throughout the week.
Homework assignment: Complete and return the homework assignment by Friday each week.
Time required to complete coursework: Approximately five hours each week
Registration and fees
Course fee: $75 (Financial assistance may be available. Please contact MTI.)
Payment options: Credit card via PayPal
Registration: Please register online by April 20, 2020. Accepted registrants will be notified and given further instructions.
Class size: Class size is limited to 20 students.
If you would like to participate in the course, but have no way of transferring funds over the Internet, please contact MTI to discuss other options.
The online course live sessions are delivered via ClickMeeting. Each live session includes video and audio. Dialing in by phone to the meeting is not required and you do not need to download and install any software from ClickMeeting in order to join the meeting.
However, you will need to download the latest version of Adobe FlashPlayer to view the live session if you don’t have it already.
ClickMeeting also provides the following system requirements as a guide to be able to get the best experience from the live session.
• 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7
• 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista® Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit editions with 32-bit browser)
• 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
• Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, or 9 (32 bit only); Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Google Chrome
• Adobe® Flash® Player 11.3 for all users (hosts, presenters, participants, and administrators). Ports 1935, 443 and 80 need to be open.
• 1.83GHz Intel CoreTM Duo or faster processor
• Mac OS X v10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Intel) or higher
• 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
• Mozilla Firefox 3 or higher; Apple Safari 4 or 5; Google Chrome
• Adobe Flash Player 11.3 for all users (hosts, presenters, participants, and administrators)
Free ClickMeeting apps are available on the following:
• App Store
• Google Play
• BlackBerry App World
Class instructions and forums are available via this website in the MTIOnline free membership section. You may signup for a free membership at any time.