Feature Article Ideas Abound!

Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality FeaturesIf you are short of ideas for feature articles, let me give you 42 of them, based on articles I wrote and published in the past year.

1) a municipal band leader

2) a barbershop quartet

3) a genealogical society

4) a bow hunter

5) a diabetic club

6) a sculptor

7) a folk musician

8) a recycler

9) a librarian who does outreach work with seniors

10)  a builder of doll houses

11) a blacksmith

12) the director of a family service agency

13) an eagle scout

14)  a magician

15) an avid traveler to India

16) a child psychologist who deals with abuse victims

17) a symphony orchestra

18) a dance professor

19) a small claims court judge

20) a costume designer

21) a mime

22) a Cancer Society volunteer

23) how to plan a garage sale

24) a retired police officer

25) a volunteer who works with the blind

26) a furniture maker

27) a violinmaker

28) an accordion player

29) a wine club

30) a blind person and her guide dog

31) a psychologist who deals with job burnout cases

32) how to decorate Easter eggs

33) a centennial farmhouse

34) an antique shop

35) an interior designer

36) a dog groomer about dog care

37) a local comedian

38) a person who restores mannequins

39) a dealer of autographs

40) interview with a hair stylist about cutting your own family members’ hair

41)  Asian brushpainting teacher

42) a resale clothing shop for children

Get busy finding ideas. Search the internet for the names of businesses in your area, or pay attention to ad material delivered by snail-mail. That’s how I sometimes come up with ideas.

For tips on finding feature ideas and  writing features, read my other posts. Or, read my book that has been a Featured Selection of Writer’s Digest Book Club. It is Beginners’ Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features.

Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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One Response to Feature Article Ideas Abound!

  1. Reblogged this on FierceBuddhist and commented:
    I am planning on attending.

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