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Freelance Writing I 100 Hours Certificate Course
Freelance Writing course online. Understand how to write as a freelancer. Many professional writers start out by freelancing. Learn how to write, what to write, and how publishers buy from freelance writers. Ten lessons cover everything from good grammar, to planning and writing newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, books and more. Emphasis is placed on things which are important to publishers who might buy your work. Tutors concentrate on your ability to properly structure an article, and to be both concise and clear in your use of words.
Learning Goals: Freelance Writing BWR102
- Discuss the nature and scope of freelance writing.
- Evaluate your basic writing skills and identify deficiencies needing attention in order to be successful at freelance writing.
- Develop a concept for freelance writing which has potential for selling.
- Identify commercial opportunities to sell writing to publishers.
- Describe the preparation of a manuscript for submission to a publisher
- Write commercially viable items for publishing in a newspaper.
- Write commercially viable items for publishing in a magazine.
- Plan for production of a commercially viable book manuscript.
- Write commercially viable advertising.
- Apply all skills and knowledge so far developed to the production of a complete manuscript.
Lesson Structure: Freelance Writing BWR102
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Categories of Freelance Writing
- Steps to getting started
- Necessary resources (including equipment)
- Researching the market
- Sources of information
- How to develop yourself as a freelance writer
- Publishing Options
- Industry Terminology
- Set Tasks
2 Basic Writing Skills
- How to improve a piece of writing
- Essential Writing Skills
- Informative Language
- Persuasive Language
- Imaginative Language
- Connotation and Denotation
- Literal and Figurative Language
- Formal and Informal Language
- Clear Communication
- Making meanings clear
- Causes of confusion
- Concise wording
- Condensing your writing
- In-concise writing
- Phrases linked in a wordy fashion
- Abstract nouns
- Using too many words
- Active and passive language
- Grammatical rules
- Grammatical Errors
- Rules of Speech
- Sentence Structure
- Types of sentences
- Composing sentences
- Building a paragraph
- Set task
3 Planning What You Write
- Developing a concept
- Writing an outline synopsis
- Planning your writing
- Word budget
- Writing structure
- The Writing process
- Feature writing conventions
- Feature article structure
- Introduction, Billboard paragraph, Body, Ending and Closer
- A writing routine
- Set task
4 The Publishing World
- Contacting publishers
- Sample Publishers Contract
- Protecting the writers work
- Income from writing
- Lending rights
- Set task
- Preparing and presenting your manuscript
- The Editing Process
- Self Editing
- Editing Articles and Manuscripts
- Writing a Sales Package
- Target Reader Synopsis
- The Title
- Statement of Objectives
- The Publishing Process
- Presentation Requirements
- Submitting your work
- Publishing processes for ebooks
- Self publishing online
- Set task
6 Newspaper Writing
- News articles
- Short features
- Investigative article
- Regular columns
- Human interest article
- Local newspaper articles
- Conducting an interview
- Planning the questions
- Drawing out answers
- Accuracy of notes
- Set task
7 Magazine Writing
- Magazine articles
- What does a publisher or editor consider
- Feature articles
- Types of articles
- Service articles
- Travel writing
- Set task
8 Writing Books
- Fiction books
- Writing fiction –plot, viewpoint, characterisation. setting, dialogue, conflict, structure.
- Target audience
- Non Fiction books
- Text books
- Fact finding
- Getting book contracts
- Books in print
9 Writing Advertising
- Writing for public relations
- Media releases
- Writing promotional campaigns
- Writing online advertising copy
- Set task
10 Special Project
- Reviewing your writing
- Planning a small book
- Writing the first chapter
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
course is taught by:
M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)
Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eight different national and international conferences. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Success as a freelance writer depends upon finding publishers who will pay for your work.
Freelance writers are dependent on publishers to buy their work and get it into the marketplace, so it is important to get an overview of the world of publishing. Publishers are in the business of editing, designing, printing and marketing books, magazines, reports, newspapers and other written works. At one end of the spectrum is a desktop publishing business run by one person who does all the writing, editing, artwork, printing, promoting and distribution, and at the other end are the multi-national companies that publish thousands of books and magazines worldwide each year.
The people who work in publishing include editors, proof readers, designers, graphic artists, typesetters, printers, literary agents and marketing executives. Allied businesses include distributors, book sellers, newsagents, libraries and public relation companies. Depending on who you sell your work to, you may have dealings with these people.
As a freelance writer, always keep in mind that you have to sell your work to a publisher. This means that to some extent you will need to tailor your writing to meet their needs. Publishers only publish work they can easily sell, and until you are an established writer, they call the shots!
This course recognises the difficulty in making a start. No amount of training will ever guarantee success; but there are ways to improve your chances - and we believe it is important to get help from tutors who are not only qualified in writing, but also "street smart" about dealing with publishers.
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Freelance Writing I 100 Hours Certificate Course
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