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Writing Saleable Articles

Overview

There is no question that the quickest and most convenient way to make money from writing is to produce saleable articles. It is the quickest because mass market magazines are constantly on the look out for new articles, and it is the most convenient because the subject material can be something you already know about.

Generally an article is non-fiction work dealing with facts around a real-life subject in contrast with fictional stories based mainly on creative imagination and plot planning. It may be an instructional article of the Do-It-Yourself variety (very popular in household magazines).

It may be a descriptive article, such as a travelogue, recounting your visit to an exotic or unusual spot. It may be an interview with an exceptional personality or celebrity who happens to cross your path.

It may cover one of a thousand different subjects, for the subject matter is real life, and in real life the scope for stories is virtually unlimited. Providing you do it well, you can write an article on just about anything, and providing you pick your market correctly, you can sell it.

Your first reaction will probably be one of horror! You will throw up your hands and say, "I know nothing. I have no special knowledge. I have not been trained for anything."

Not true! From experience with hundreds, perhaps thousands of students over the years who have uttered this plaintive cry, we know that somewhere there is something that you can write about. Something special that you can say to other people.

You don't think so because to date you have not looked for it. But together, we will find something in your life that makes interesting subject material for an article. We have not failed yet and we will not fail with you. Mainly because we know where to look.

Modules

Unit One

  • The Fastest Way to Writing Success
  • Sales Survey
  • Marketing your Work
  • Writing Articles
  • Manuscript Presentation

Unit Two

  • Researching the Article
  • Where to Research
  • Punctuation
  • Copyright
  • Publicity

Unit Three

  • Non-Fiction Writing
  • Indexing

Unit Four

  • Back to Basics
  • Types of Articles
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Markets and Readership

Unit Five

  • Summary of Units So Far
  • Journalism
  • Writing for Magazines
  • Revising your Article

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

There is no question that the quickest and most convenient way to make money from writing is to produce saleable articles. It is the quickest because mass market magazines are constantly on the look out for new articles, and it is the most convenient because the subject material can be something you already know about.

Generally an article is non-fiction work dealing with facts around a real-life subject in contrast with fictional stories based mainly on creative imagination and plot planning. It may be an instructional article of the Do-It-Yourself variety (very popular in household magazines).

It may be a descriptive article, such as a travelogue, recounting your visit to an exotic or unusual spot. It may be an interview with an exceptional personality or celebrity who happens to cross your path.

It may cover one of a thousand different subjects, for the subject matter is real life, and in real life the scope for stories is virtually unlimited. Providing you do it well, you can write an article on just about anything, and providing you pick your market correctly, you can sell it.

Your first reaction will probably be one of horror! You will throw up your hands and say, "I know nothing. I have no special knowledge. I have not been trained for anything."

Not true! From experience with hundreds, perhaps thousands of students over the years who have uttered this plaintive cry, we know that somewhere there is something that you can write about. Something special that you can say to other people.

You don't think so because to date you have not looked for it. But together, we will find something in your life that makes interesting subject material for an article. We have not failed yet and we will not fail with you. Mainly because we know where to look.

Modules

Unit One

  • The Fastest Way to Writing Success
  • Sales Survey
  • Marketing your Work
  • Writing Articles
  • Manuscript Presentation

Unit Two

  • Researching the Article
  • Where to Research
  • Punctuation
  • Copyright
  • Publicity

Unit Three

  • Non-Fiction Writing
  • Indexing

Unit Four

  • Back to Basics
  • Types of Articles
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Spelling and Vocabulary
  • Markets and Readership

Unit Five

  • Summary of Units So Far
  • Journalism
  • Writing for Magazines
  • Revising your Article

For a more detailed syllabus on this course, click here

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

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