Freelance writing and blogging

Course Dates: 21/04/21 - 30/06/21
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Online
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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HJ008

Started Wed, eve, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '21

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 'Introduction to 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. Additionally, you can visit the Creative Writing website to explore on your own.

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman is Features Editor of Country Living. She has also worked at Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail, editing and writing features for print and online. Her work ranges from profile interviews to pieces on food trends. She read Philosophy & Theology at Oxford University and has a PGDip in Magazine Journalism from City University.

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.