Institute for Writers Programs

Institute for Writers Programs

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication (4 credits, upper division level) October 1991 through June 2017
  • Breaking Into Print (7 credits, upper division level, distributed as 6 credits in Creative Writing and 1 credit in Manuscript Marketing) Summer 1989 through June 2017
  • Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel (5 credits, upper division level, distributed as 4 credits in Shape, Writing, and Sell Your Novel, and 1 credit in Manuscript Marketing) 2006 through June 2017

Source of Records

Institute for Writers; 105 Wall Street, Madison, CT, 06443

About the Reviewed Program

The Institute for Writers (Formerly The Long Ridge Writers Group) was founded in 1989 by the management of the Institute of Children's Literature. Its purpose was to establish programs to train writers to be successful in the highly diverse field of writing for magazines that serve the adult reader. The operating premise of the program is to match an aspiring writer with a seasoned professional writer or editor in a program designed to develop skills in creative writing and manuscript marketing. The current program is structured with flexibility in mind. Students learn at their own pace, suiting the needs of their schedules, in the privacy of their own homes. The cornerstone of the program is the one-on-one instruction they receive from their mentors- professional writers or editors- in writing for the adult reader.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Basics of Writing Stories and Articles for Publication (4 credits, upper division level) October 1991 through June 2017
This course teaches the fundamentals of writing fiction and non-fiction for submission to a wide range of magazines published for adult readers. Students write and revise one story or article to submit to a magazine. Students write and revise four articles or stories to submit to magazines. Students taking this course would not take Breaking into Print (assessed in March, 1994), which is a longer version of this course.

Breaking Into Print (7 credits, upper division level, distributed as 6 credits in Creative Writing and 1 credit in Manuscript Marketing) Summer 1989 through June 2017
This course is designed to teach students to write and market fiction and non-fiction for magazines read by adults. Students define personal writing goals, learn techniques of good writing, develop the ability to direct writing to specific readers, identify a writing niche for potential writing projects, then undertake a project that matches skills and interests to editorial needs. Students write and revise seven articles or stories to submit to magazines.

Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel (5 credits, upper division level, distributed as 4 credits in Shape, Writing, and Sell Your Novel, and 1 credit in Manuscript Marketing) 2006 through June 2017
An advanced level course for the student who has completed one basic course with Long Ridge Writers Group or the Institute of Children's Literature. This course teaches the process of crafting a novel, starting with the solid foundation of a saleable idea; finding the genre that matches the idea; creating a chapter-by-chapter outline, writing and revising the first three chapters; researching and identifying a market; and developing a submission packet targeted to an appropriate editor or agent. The submission packet includes a synopsis of the entire novel and a query letter written to an editor or agent of the student's choice. Students learn the process of plotting developing a working outline of their book, and creating realistic, three-dimensional characters. They acquire an understanding of subplots, the role of conflict, and the nature of a dramatic arc. Students also achieve a clear working knowledge of the book publishing industry.