Writing articles workshop
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HJ045
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This course is designed to improve your news, features and vox pop writing and editing skills. You will see how these stories are gathered, written, edited and presented to an editor.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- News writing.
- Feature writing.
- Writing to a deadline.
- Editing to length.
- Writing within the law.
- How to conduct a vox pop.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write with more confidence.
- Edit your writing to length.
- Understand how to structure your news article.
- Understand how to structure your feature article.
- Look at different styles of writing.
- Write to a deadline.
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 from articles - including the tutor’s own work; short film clips showing how news and features journalists operate, generate and produce articles; and you have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.
Tony Padman began his journalism career in 2001 as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in news he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, education and entertainment. He continues to write news and features for the main Fleet Street publications.
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.
Tony Padman became a journalist in 2002, starting off as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers, and magazines. After a solid grounding in news, he turned to writing features on health, religion and sport. He now works as a freelance newspaper journalist specialising in news, interviews, entertainment and general features.
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.