The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the “Introduction to Magazine Writing Workshop,” a new adult-learning opportunity to be held at the Newport Visual Arts (VAC). The workshop will be led by Tom Webb, the OCCA VAC Director and an award-winning magazine editor. The workshop will be spread over three Saturdays — Oct. 12 and 26, and Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m. The workshop is applicable to travel and blog writing, and other forms of written communication.
“Magazine writing is powerful format, combining more traditional journalism with expository writing,” said Webb. “It has a traditional format though that is important to learn and practice.”
As part of the workshop, participants will understand and practice the particular structure of magazine writing. They will identify those structural elements in current magazine stories as case examples. Students will better understand types of magazine stories. Short writing projects are assigned between classes. Additional class time will be spent discussing how to pitch stories and build relationships with publications. Interviewing and research techniques will be reviewed. Students will receive a list of common publishing and design terms.
Students should bring two or three current news magazine articles which they have recently read and reviewed. Students should bring laptops or notebooks and pens. The workshop fee is $150. Dates: Oct. 12, 26 and Nov. 2 from 1-4 p.m. at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Dr.
Webb is the former editor-in-chief of “The Bear Deluxe Magazine,” an award-winning environmental arts publication. He has served as an editor at Portland State University and led a graduate-level magazine development class at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.