Creative writing and publishing

How to write news and feature articles with Tony Padman

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About this course

Gain the skills, confidence and feedback needed to write news and feature articles for newspapers, magazines and newsletters from a professional writer.

Course Description

If you have read articles in newspapers and magazines and wished you could do the same, then this is the ideal course to show you how to go about it. This course aims to give you a greater understanding of how publications operate; how to write news and features articles and how you can use your work, hobby and life experiences to get published.

Taught in a practical, simple and straightforward way, you will experience a different style of writing that is used to produce news and feature articles. There will be a focus on how to write the stories, how to insert your quotes and how to edit to length. You will discover how a story progresses from the idea to interviewing, writing, editing and publication.

With over 26,000 magazines and 2,000 newspapers published in Britain every year, there's never been a better time to try writing news and features articles - whether it's for newspapers, newsletters or magazines covering the A to Z of careers and hobbies from education and entertainment to cycling and cars.

We'll look at what makes a good story and what doesn't; what you want to write about; where to find ideas and how hard and soft articles differ. This course will also look at the law as it applies to writers, what you can and cannot write about; press regulation and the importance of taste.

You will receive regular feedback throughout the course and benefit from the tutor's 18 years writing news and features articles.

By the end of the course you will be more familiar with the newspaper and magazine industry; be able to use new skills to enable you to write news and features articles and have more confidence in your writing.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Bring pen and notebook


Tony Padman

Tony Padman became a news reporter on local and regional newspapers in 2003. His teaching experience includes journalism courses for colleges and universities - including Birkbeck College where he also studied. Tony combines his skills as a journalist and teacher to give students the tools and confidence they need to write in a simple and straightforward journalistic style.

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