Writing for the magazines -PDF book by Joseph Berg Esenwein

Writing for the magazines

Writing for the magazines


From the publisher's introduction:

Like several other volumes in The Writer's Library, this book covers a subject not heretofore treated, except in a fragmentary way, by any other author. It will be found impressive in grasp and peculiarly practical in the method. 

Every line is written with the authority of experience and a deep-seated wish to help. It is believed that the progressive arrangement of the chapters will make this as ideal a textbook as the other volumes in the author's series has proved to be throughout the United States, Canada and England. No student, and certainly no teacher, would plan for a complete course in every type of magazine writing, based on a single text, so it is suggested that at the outstart a progressive study be taken up, leading from the shorter to the longer prose forms. 

Those students who show an aptitude for verse, fiction or dramatics should then choose their favourite of these three literary types and devote it as much time as may be available. More complete treatises on the short-story, poetics and versification, and playwriting are already available, either from the pen of, or edited by, Dr Esenwein, and done in the same spirit that informs this volume, so that there is plenty of help for those who are able to go beyond the simpler prose forms of magazine writing. Particular attention is called to the valuable tables contained in this book. Students should be encouraged to follow these and similar lines in personal intensive research — the results will be illuminating. 

Let the student supplement the notes of the text by going directly to the magazines, great and small. The large number and wide variety of questions and exercises appended to most of the chapters are so arranged that either a student-writer who is working alone or a teacher who is directing a class may find it easy to select questions perfectly adapted to individual needs. It is not suggested that all the questions be used. Nor should all questions be made the basis for written work — a number of thought-provoking queries have been added for either meditation or impromptu classwork. 

The most practical teaching of journalism, obviously, is that which leads to publication, though it is equally obvious that not all pupils in their student days will attain this result. This book offers the first and only solution of this difficult problem by definitely showing the pupil at the very outstart how easy it is to get into the magazines in a small way if one will only follow instructions. The small markets, and even the large markets for small items, are wide open. It would seem to be a helpful adjunct to teaching to encourage the pupil to enter, though with no more than a paragraph in his hand.

Some contents:


Why this Book? — A Foreword.
Suggestions to Teachers and Students of Journalism and English xv
Chapter I — The Magazine and the Newspaper i
1 Origin of the Magazine i
2. What is the Modern Magazine, and How Does it
Differ Typically from the Newspaper? . . 4
Chapter II — Kinds of Magazines .... 9
Table: Various Types of Magazines — with Addresses '10
Chapter III — Kinds of Magazine Material 19
1. Clear-cut Purpose is Necessary . . 19
2. A Knowledge of Varieties is Valuable . . 20
3. Listing the Kinds of Magazine Material . . 20
4. Versatility is Essential 21
5. Devising New Kinds of Material ... 23
6. Broad Classes of Material 24
Questions and Exercises 25
Chapter IV — The Sources of Magazine Material 27
1. The Specific Sources of Material .... 27
2. Conserving Material 36
3. Using the Work of Others 41
Questions and Exercises 41
Chapter V — Information and Method Items 43
1. The Necessary Equipment 44
2. Where to Find Material. 45
3. How to Write a Paragraph ... 48
Complete Examples 49
4. Marketing the Items 52
Questions and Exercises 52
Chapter VI — The Short Article .... 54
1. The Information-Article 54
Complete Example 55
2. The Experience-Article 57
Complete Example 59
3. The Interpretative Article . ... 61
Four Complete Examples . . . 62
Questions and Exercises 66
Chapter VII — The Full-Length Article . . 69
1. What Shall I Write About? 69
Table: Fifty Typical Subjects and Titles of
Magazine Articles 74
2. Opening Article 77
Eight Examples 78
3. The Body of the Article .... 83
4. The Length of Article 84
Table: Length of Articles Used by Forty-
five Magazines 86
5. Ending the Article ... ... 88
Guide Posts for the Writer of Articles 89
Questions and Exercises 90

the book details :
  • Author Joseph Berg Esenwein
  • Publication date 1918
  • Company: Springfield, Mass., The Home correspondence school

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