MAPW student Shelagh Dolan turned her final project for the Advanced Professional Writing class into a published article — a lesson for other writing students and teachers. She was interested in how shoppers were using mobile phones while stopping; she found that many young women were sending photos to friends for advice. The idea was discussed and refined in class and Shelagh later did a series of interviews of shoppers in Downtown Crossing to flesh out the concept. She finished the piece for class and later pitched a final draft to BostonInno. After patience, polite phone calls and more patience, Styling Ourselves with Selfies was published last month. (There was a last-minute correction on her name, a lesson in how a fast-paced media can sometimes mess up, but also how corrections can be easily made once you reach the right person.) Shelagh also did a great job in tweeting out the story; it was retweeted more than two dozen times and “favorite” by fashion mavens. So this piece of homework turned out to be an exercise in multiple aspects of publication… and persistence.