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Freelance Writing II
Freelance Writing II (Advanced) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Learn About Freelance Writing II
Advanced Freelance Writing course online. Enhance your freelance writing skills! This is a great follow up course to Freelance Writing. It begins by revisiting writing fundamentals, in order to lay the foundation for specific freelance writing skills for newspapers, periodicals, education, biographies, technical. fiction and others.
Freelance Writing is an ideal way to work from home as a self employed write and gradually build a good reputation with publishers and companies, requiring professionally written material. Whether you are composing a report for the local paper or writing a recipe for a Christmas cake with instructions of how to get the perfect result in a magazine, this course will help you.
What you will be doing in this Course
This course develops and sharpens your writing skills largely through interaction with the tutor. Apart from that though, you will read about different writing techniques, conduct research and interviews, plus plan projects.
Course Structure: Advanced Freelance Writing BWR 201
- Basic Writing Skills
- Sentences and Phrases
- Writing Effective Sentences
- Choosing Effective Words
- Summarising Skills
- Key Points to Remember When Summarising a Piece of Writing
- Types of Writing
- Theme Development
- Writing an Analogy
- Writing a Balanced Theme
2 Writing a Regular Column
- Writing Columns
- Newsletters and New Columns
- Know Your Audience
- The Importance of Headlines
- Writing Headlines
- Writing and Producing a Newsletter
- Newsletter Items
- Writing Critical Reviews
- What is a Critical Review?
- Theatre Reviews
- Film Reviews
- Book Reviews
3 Educational Writing
- Educational Writing
- Concise Wording
- Illustrations and Captions: Line drawings, Technical Illustrations, Half Tones, Maps, Tables, Graphs
- Combining Graphics and Text
- Captions and Labels: The Importance of Captions
- Taking Photos for Publication
- Basic Principles of Composing Photos
4 Technical Writing
- Technical Writing
- Characteristics of Technical Writing
- Some Golden Rules for Technical Writing
- Basic Parts of a Document
- Main Elements of a Technical Document: Front Matter, The Body, End Matter
- Use Jargon Appropriately
- Use Gender Neutral Language
- Use Simple Sentences
- Avoid Passive and Unnecessary Words
- Use an Active Voice
- Active or Passive voice?
- Use Imperatives
- Imperative versus Active Voice
- Selecting First, Second or Third Person
- Guidelines for Writing Directions
- Creating a Technical Document
- Writing Technical Specifications
- Writing Journal Abstracts
- Some Guidelines for Writing Journal Abstracts
- Abstracts versus Summaries
5 Writing a Biographical Story
- Writing Biographies
- Creating a Biography
- Interviewing Skills
- Interviewing Procedure
- Asking Questions
- Types of Questions
- Ways of Handling Difficult Questions
- Writing a Personal Biography
- General points about your own life story
- Be careful how you use verb tenses
6 Writing a News Article
- Newsworthy Articles
- News Values
- Writing a News Article
- Email Newsletters
7 Fiction Writing
- Writing Fiction That Sells
- Types of Fiction
- Characteristics of Category Fiction
- Characteristics of Mainstream Fiction
- Being Informed
- Human Behaviour
- Writing out titles for stories
- Developing a story from an opening sentence
- Developing a Story
- Components of a Story
- Characters in a Romance Novel
- Glossary of Terms in Fiction Writing
8 Other Writing Styles
- Writing TV & Radio Scripts
- TV Formats
- A Presentation for a Comedy or Drama Series
- Script Writing Jargon
- The Plot
- Procedure for Developing a Story
- Revising a Script
- Exploratory Research
- Common Problems
- Procedure for Conducting a Survey
- Form of Data Collected
- Writing Science Fiction
- One Method of Writing a Science Fiction Story
- Writing for the Web
- How Material is Published Online
- Management Systems
- Online readers want sites that are informative and easy to navigate
- Online publishing is not a static medium
- Key Rules
- Using Links
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Advanced Freelance Writing BWR201
- Review basic writing skills and discuss theme development
- Develop skills in writing a regular magazine or newspaper column
- Describe the key elements of educational writing
- Describe the key elements of technical writing
- Develop skills in interviewing and preparing a biographical story
- Develop skills in writing news articles
- Develop skills in writing fiction
- Describe other writing styles including script writing (screen writing)
Practical (Set Tasks)
This 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.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
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Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,