Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HJ104
Duration: 2 sessions
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What is the course about?
This course is designed to equip beginners interested in freelance journalism for publications with the know-how required to enter this area of the media. The focus is on how freelance journalists operate and how they get their stories published.
What will we cover?
- News and feature introductions.
- Who to interview, who to quote and what questions to ask.
- How to edit your stories to length.
- How to spot mistakes.
- Getting published.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write a short news report.
- Write a short feature.
- Have more confidence in your writing skills.
- Ask the right questions.
- Interview people with confidence.
- Understand the differences between news and features.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners and no skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. Foreign language students can also attend the course if they have reasonably good English writing and speaking skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is highly practical course with both individual and group work. We will have discussions about articles, work on our own pieces, and you have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues from those advertised in this outline. In line with our
refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor/venue.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Bring pen & paper (and/or digital equivalent).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of non-fiction writing courses. For more information, browse the writing section of our website.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Yvonne Singh was a staff journalist at The Guardian for over a decade, and her work has been published in that paper as well as The Observer, The Mirror, The London Evening Standard, the BBC World website, Marie Claire, Middle East Eye, Commonwealth Writers and The Big Issue among others. She contributed to the Know Your Place anthology that was featured in Guardian Weekend and in the Seaside Photographed exhibition that toured British art galleries in 2021. Her long read essay for The Guardian on her Caribbean origins was one of the paper’s most read in 2019 and her piece on a Trinidadian Hummingbird Sanctuary in November 2020 was praised in a Virago OurShelves podcast. Yvonne has also worked as an editor in a voluntary capacity for the Caribbean literary magazine Pree. Yvonne holds an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University – her debut manuscript received a distinction and was awarded second prize in the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018. She was a judge for the SI Leeds 2020 prize. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin prize, longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Prize and Black Spring Press, and have appeared in the acclaimed journal Southword.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.