Writing for Newspapers and Magazines


Day course

Judith Spelman

25 August 2022

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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This is a course for students interested in writing non-fiction news items or features. It includes how to research content and style of various publications and how to approach an editor.

Students will study a variety of work, comparing and contrasting and learn how to prepare a typescript. You will work in pairs and groups and if there is time, have personal tutorials.

Please bring any newspapers and magazines that you read regularly.

Tutor information

Judith Spelman is a working author and journalist. She began as an assistant to the Literary Editor of a major Canadian newspaper before joining a British publishing house in the Publicity and Editorial departments.

She went on to work on several provincial newspapers before becoming editor of a group of five free newspapers, working with three journalists and two photographers. Until recently, she was producing an in-house journal for the worldwide factory and office personnel of a major British food manufacturer.

Now working mainly as a freelance journalist, she has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines – including Bella, Best, Choice, Garden News, Your Cat, Woman’s Journal, Yours magazine, The Countryman, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Independent and many more. She was formerly a senior journalist on Writing Magazine and interviewed top authors for the cover story.

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