Writing Features for Health, Beauty and Fitness Magazines

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Writing Features for Health, Beauty and Fitness Magazines to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Writing features for the lucrative health, beauty and fitness market is an excellent way to start a new career that you can fit around other commitments. There is no absolute formula to writing magazine articles. Each article is unique, from a creative source, and you are the writer. While each person brings his own individual touch to an article, magazine editors still expect your manuscript to follow certain rules and formats that fit into the ethos and style of their magazine.  This course helps you understand the market and is set out in easy to follow steps that will you give all the confidence you need to write features professionally.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Getting to Know the Market
      • Finding your Target Audience
      • Writing Reviews
      • Planning Ahead
  • Lesson Two
    • Styles
      • Reporter
      • Personal Experience
      • Combination
      • More Advanced Styles
  • Lesson Three
    • Planning your Article
      • Creating an Outline
      • Finding a Good Title
      • The Opening Paragraph
      • Ending your Article
  • Lesson Four
    • Using Personal Experience
      • Articles Based on Seasonal Features
    • Tackling more Difficult Topics
    • Interviewing Skills
      • Asking Questions
      • Keeping Notes
  • Lesson Five
    • Making the Most of your Article
      • Quizzes and Tests
    • Advisory and Regular Columns
    • The Book Review
  • Lesson Six
    • How to Market your Articles
      • Finding the Right Contact
      • Sending in your Proposal
      • Making it Personal
      • Payment
      • Copyright
      • Illustrations and Photographs
      • Agreeing the Deal and Sending in your Article
    • Writers’ Associations

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.