This year I chose to join the YIS Magazine. The YIS Magazine is a group of students who write both fiction and non-fiction pieces for a magazine published for the school. This was the first year that the magazine became an option as an extra curricular activity. I chose to join the Magazine, because I am really interested in writing, and publishing my work.
At the beginning of the year, I expected that I would improve my writing skills, and my knowledge of how to write non-fiction pieces.
During the year, we released two different issues of the magazine. In the first issue of the magazine, there were many articles, and I did not have a chance to write my own article for the magazine. I was able to help out Ellen with the creation of the comics in the first issue.
The second issue was much more productive for me. I wrote a full page article about music. The article featured a few indie songs that I thought other people would be interested in. I chose to write about this topic because I knew that many people are interested in music, and this topic might be engaging to the target audience of middle and high school students. This topic was a bit difficult for me, because I had never written about music before. I had to research about how to describe and write about music before creating my article. In the process of writing this I received some feedback on how I could improve my article, that helped me improve my understanding of how to write about music.
During this year, we were only able to produce 2 issues of the magazine, but the group had already begun the process of writing a third issue. Hye-won and I wrote a satirical piece collaboratively about different types of teachers. We also worked through the editing process, and wrote an alternative version of the piece about types of students. While creating this article, we had to think about how to create a ‘funny’ piece, as this was something that was new to both of us. One important aspect of this was keeping the audience in mind, and think about what they would find amusing.
While writing the YIS Magazine, I learned many different things. One thing that I learned was how to write different types of work. I worked on writing an article about music, and a satirical piece which taught me how to be versatile when writing different pieces. This was a bit challenging because I was not used to writing those types of articles, but it was a good challenge because it helped me have a better understanding of how to create a variety of types of writing.
I think that what I learned while writing for the YIS Magazine would be very useful for English class. Knowing how to write a variety of different things would help me greatly, and generally improve my quality of writing for different subjects. I also think that this knowledge would be useful in many other situations because my quality of writing has been improved by practicing my writing skills.
In the future I hope to continue writing for the YIS Magazine, because it was very interesting to practice my writing skills, and learn how to create different types of writing. I hope to learn how to write an even larger variety of pieces in the future. For example, I would like to learn how to write news articles and opinion pieces.
Finally, I think that this year in the YIS Magazine was very successful! I was able to learn new things, and do something that really interests me at the same time. I am excited to keep learning about how to improve my writing skills in the near future.