President Meyer Publishes Article in National Magazine

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Jun 15, 2016
Dr. Meyer
University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer, Ph.D., published an article this month for the national magazine The Writer. In his article, Meyer offers writers advice on writing a weekly column for a local newspaper using his own experience. 

Meyer, who has read The Writer for many years, came up with the idea of sharing his experience on writing a weekly column and wanted to offer some valuable writing tips. His weekly column, "Think About It," has been published in The Phoenix Reporter & Item for 14 years. As he enjoys reading articles about how other writers write, he wanted to share how he began the column and kept it going for more than a decade. He contacted the magazine's editor and she liked the idea. "It grew from reading the magazine and the kind of articles they have," Meyer said. "I thought, well since I've been doing it for 14 years, maybe writing an article about that topic might be of interest to somebody." He was right. 

The Writer
In his article, "Recurring Theme: Can a Local Paper be Home to Your Academic Column?," Meyer wrote about pitching his "Think About It" weekly column idea to the newspaper's editor, gathering ideas and successfully continuing the column with a set format. 

Although Meyer has worked with a newspaper editor for many years, the writing and editing process for a national magazine proved to be a learning and rewarding experience. "The process of publishing an article takes a lot of different shapes until the final copy," Meyer said. The article went through a couple of revision rounds, as Meyer learned more about the magazine's preferred direction, tone and style. He also learned that every publication has its own style, approach and audience. 

The Writer magazine is one of the country's oldest magazines focused on the craft of writing. The magazine highlights stories from well-known writers as well as new voices in the industry. It publishes informative and insightful articles for writers at every level. To read Meyer's article, pick up a copy of ‚Äčthe June edition of The Writer.