Freelance writing and blogging

Course Dates: 22/04/20 - 01/07/20
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.


What is the course about?

Advance your journalism skills on this practical, intermediate course for freelance journalists and bloggers. You'll receive training in how to find and develop your ideas, improve your research and interviewing skills, and pitch to editors, both online and in print.

What will we cover?

- Finding and developing ideas
- Pitching to editors online and in print
- Research
- Blogging and social media
- Finding markets.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand particular journalism markets
- Know how to sell your work to them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course and you should have completed a 'Ways into journalism' course at City Lit or have some experience of the subject. All should be prepared to write. You will need a good grasp of spoken and written English to participate in the course.

This course is suitable for students looking for Journalism: stage 2 with Susan Grossman, if they wish to focus on getting stories published as a freelance writer or blogger.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will have a strong practical focus. Students will complete assignments each week and submit their work for feedback from the tutor and their peers.

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.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Purchase of publications/magazines from your target area is advisable. A book list will be provided. General guides such as The Writer's Handbook and The Writers and Artists Yearbook are recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Your tutor will advise you on the options available for students who wish to progress to further study.


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Helps your confidence and informs the current scene in writing for papers and magazines
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Review by Dennis / (Posted on 30/10/2019)
This was a great course to kick start my re-engagement with journalism after a 25 year absence. By the end of the third class I was published! But it's also a marvellous course for newbie writers. Not only has the tutor got an illustrious pedigree in journalism but she is also a trained mentor and it shows. Her classes are packed full of extremely useful information and generous hand outs, but she also has the knack of focussing her classes to the specific needs of her students, and involving, even the shiest to participate. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend
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Review by Nina Ruff / (Posted on 09/12/2017)
No-nonsense, hands on approach to understanding getting published as a freelance writer. Excellent overview of industry. Classes are organised and led incredibly well - with practicality and intelligence. Full of enthusiasm and energy, SG is a tutor with the experience to offer real insight. She has the genuine desire to see her students succeed. A robust approach whilst remaining sensitive and very helpful to individual needs. I now have a real sense of what to do and an excellent tool kit and action plan for the future. Well worth doing more than one of her courses as I did (mag publishing as well as freelance writing) - whilst they cover the same principles of the industry - each course has its own approach and specifics. Highly recommended.
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Review by HR / (Posted on 17/07/2017)
High quality teaching, covering various topics. I especially found the social media session very beneficial and helped me be more active on Twitter and now I have lots of followers!
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Review by FB / (Posted on 15/02/2017)

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Course Code: HJ008

Wed, day, 22 Apr - 01 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £84.00

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