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?
Work with a freelance journalist to sharpen up your writing in this in-depth workshop. Improve your style and discover the key skills you need to produce high quality articles to a deadline.
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?
- what editors want
- how to improve your writing
- editing to length
- writing to a deadline
- openings that impress editors
- coming up with ideas
- writing for the reader
- the skills required to become a successful journalist.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- write with more confidence
- edit your writing
- understand how to structure your news article
- understand how to structure your feature article
- improve your deadlines
- look at different styles of writing
- write to length
- improve your skill-set of journalism skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introduction course and no previous knowledge or skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. It is also suitable for foreign language students with a reasonable level of English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There is highly practical course with a focus on both group and individual work. We will have discussions from articles including those of the tutor’s own work; short films showing how news and features journalists and editors generate, operate and produce articles; we will use some of the tutors’ articles during the writing exercises; there will also be group work within the college; 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 2000 as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in hard and soft news he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, education, travel and food. He has written news and features for both the tabloid and broadsheet press and now specialises in news, interviews, education, entertainment and general features.
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.