Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing

Course Code
Payment Options
Upfront & Payment Plans
Online & Correspondence
100 Hours

Freelance Writing BWR102

Learn to be a Freelance Writer

  • Learn to write better
  • Learn about what writers sell
  • Network with professional writers and get insights into this industry
  • Study, learn, and take a step toward earning doing something you are passionate about
  • 100 hour self paced studies, guided by experienced, qualified and internationally published writers.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to freelancing
    • Scope of freelance writing (types of writing, where to begin, styles, etc). Getting help, finding resources & contacts, understanding industry terminology.
  2. Basic writing skills
    • The definition of communication, types of communication, types of language, clear wording, concise wording, parts of speech, grammar, punctuation.
  3. The publishing world
    • Periodicals, books, remaindering, copyright, publishers advertising conditions, public lending rights, contracts, selling.
  4. Manuscripts
    • Types of printing, preparing a type script, etc.
  5. Planning what you write
    • Mechanics of writing, developing an idea, sentence structure, precis, planning what you write, building a paragraph.
  6. Newspaper writing
    • Newspapers, regular columns, fillers, short features, etc.
  7. Magazine writing
    • Travel writing, magazine articles/features, determining potentially marketable articles.
  8. Writing books
    • Non fiction, fiction, short stories, determining what to write and developing an idea.
  9. Writing advertising
    • Writing a press release, writing an advertisement, writing for public relations, etc.
  10. Special project
    • Planning and developing a manuscript for a small book.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the nature and scope of freelance writing.
  • Evaluate your basic writing skills and identify deficiencies needing attention in order to be successful at freelance writing.
  • Develop a concept for freelance writing which has potential for selling.
  • Identify commercial opportunities to sell writing to publishers.
  • Describe the preparation of a manuscript for submission to a publisher
  • Write commercially viable items for publishing in a newspaper.
  • Write commercially viable items for publishing in a magazine.
  • Plan for production of a commercially viable book manuscript.
  • Write commercially viable advertising.
  • Apply all skills and knowledge so far developed to the production of a complete manuscript.

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