Master Class II: Writing, Editing, and Publishing
- Grades 6-9
- Language Arts
Get a taste of the publishing world by working with your classmates to create, edit, and publish Lexophilia, CTY’s student literary magazine! Building on the skills you learned in Master Class I: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, you will further develop your craft by creating, revising, polishing, and submitting your own original writing. We’ll cover advanced writing techniques that real writers use to prepare their pieces for publication or for inclusion in an author’s portfolio. Meanwhile, you’ll gain experience working on a literary magazine by requesting submissions, providing editorial feedback, selecting visuals, or designing layout for the publication. Each student will have a role in creating the magazine, with opportunities for students to take on leadership positions as editors. Whether acting as editor-in-chief or as a member of the submissions, prose, art, or poetry editorial staff, you’ll gain valuable experience in imagining and building a published literary journal.
Time Commitment: 4-5 hours of independent work per week.
What we'll do
The two major components for this course are completing weekly coursework, and creating and managing CTY’s Lexophilia literary magazine. Activities include assignments, forums, interactive content, lessons, questionnaires, quizzes, and resources. This course does not have any regularly scheduled synchronous class meetings, but students may schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor. Instructors have the option of hosting virtual workshops for those students who are interested, and the publisher will coordinate meetings among students for their work on Lexophilia. However, all meetings are optional.
Note: Work on the magazine will take place in Microsoft Teams as opposed to the virtual classroom.
What we'll learn
- The process of creating and publishing a literary magazine
- The leadership skills required to build a published literary magazine
- To develop and select polished pieces for publication
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Engage collaboratively in an online group workshop and committee settings and provide effective critiques for peers’ writing by making claims in an analysis of texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
- Create original narratives to develop real or imagined experiences as well as informative/explanatory texts using effective techniques, structure, and style
- Develop and strengthen writing by exploring the writing process through planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing
- Experience the process of publishing a literary magazine through online interactions with committee members, and use technology to produce and publish a writing portfolio
- Analyze how language functions in different contexts and practice strategies to make effective language choices for meaning, structure, or style
- Clearly state claims and draw evidence from texts to support analysis and reflection
How we’ll measure learning
The Master Class II course adheres to the Common Core State Standards. Each unit is structured around a lesson about a particular aspect of writing, editing, or publishing, geared towards a specific writing project or goal for that week. Throughout each of the course’s 15 units, the instructor will evaluate students’ work through share-and-reflect activities, check-in quizzes, discussion forums, and writing assignments.
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesMaster Class II: Writing, Editing, and Publishing requires:
Successful completion of Master Class 1: Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
We have concluded our financial aid application review process for Academic Year 2023-2024 Online Programs (Courses with start dates July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024). Our application for Academic Year 2024-2025 Online Programs is expected to open in January. We encourage those who may need assistance in the future to apply for aid as early as possible.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Book Title: Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
Author: Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
Book Title: Flying Lessons and Other Stories
Author: Ellen Oh
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
About Language Arts at CTY
Enhance your skills in creative writing and critical reading, learn to craft effective sentences, and develop an analytical approach to reading and writing through our Language Arts courses. Guided by our expert instructors, you can further develop your communication skills in our interdisciplinary visual fluency courses, and explore topics in communication theory, design theory, and cognitive psychology. Through coursework and online discussions with classmates from around the world, you’ll elevate your writing structure and style, hone your craft, and become an adept wordsmith fluent in the language of literary arts.
Write, Edit, Publish
Walk in the shoes of a writer, editor, and publisher this fall in Master Class I: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, and then collaborate with peers to create the next issue of our CTY Online student-developed literary journal, Lexophilia, in Master Class II: Writing, Editing, and Publishing, offered in the winter.
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