Freelance Writing Course

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About Course

Aim: To equip you with the necessary skills to write professional articles for magazines and newspapers and earn from your writing.

Duration: 16 Weeks

Mode of Study – Hybrid learning.


Though our courses are about imparting knowledge and skills, not an academic/theoretical approach to writing, there will be self-assessment quizzes and written assignments submitted to your tutor. The tutor-submitted assignments are designed to allow you to apply the lessons and techniques learnt.

Articles you submit to your tutor for marking you may submit for publication (your tutor will advise you accordingly). Once published, share the news with us/your tutor. This will also form part of your evaluation. There are additional 20 points for articles published.

  • Self-assessment quizzes: Some modules will have quizzes for you to assess yourself. Once you do the quiz, you will see your score out of 100%. However, the final score at the end of the course will be the average of all quizzes and assignments. Together, these quizzes will comprise 30% of your final grade.
  • Tutor-marked Assignments: Your assignments will be marked and returned to you with tutor feedback. Since we aim to help you become a published writer, we expect you will be a published writer if you follow our guide. Thus, any of your work published by an independent publication (magazine, newspaper, or journal) will count towards your grading – 70%.

Note: We don’t recognise articles published on your or your friend’s blog/website, pay-to-publish sites or publications, online publishing platforms with no editorial policies/review process, or, if a book, self-publishing with vanity publishers. (If you self-publish, use a self-publishing company with a clear publishing policy and contract. If you self-publish yourself, the book should meet industry standards – this will be evaluated before grading you.)


We will award you a certificate on completing the course; however, the certification is not essential if you do not acquire the skills necessary to write and publish professionally to earn from your writing.

What Will You Learn?

  • About the equipment you need as a writer, how to become a professional writer, grammar in writing, and the craft of writing.
  • How to conduct detailed market survey for your writing, analyse writing markets, and sell your articles to the right publication (magazine/newspaper).
  • How to write professional articles for magazines and newspapers.
  • Develop an understanding of the business approach to and legal aspects of writing and how to earn from your writing without being exploited.

Course Content

About the Freelance Writing Course
Course orientation

  • Welcome to the Freelance Writing Course

Module 1 – Market Analysis For Your Writing
Surveying and analysing market for your writing.

Module 2 – Writing for Publication
How to tailor your writing for a particular market/publication

Module 3 – Submitting Your Work for Publication
How you submit your work for publication determines whether your work will be accepted or rejected. It is all about how you present your work. Thus, you should be professional, not give the editor or publisher reason to reject your work.

Module 4 – Legal Aspects in Writing (Copyright, Trademarks, Plagiarism, and Other Things to Avoid)
There are legal aspects in all writing that you need to be aware of, whether you write fiction or non-fiction. The law protects you, your writing, and the people you might write about. These laws are not applicable worldwide; every country has laws for writing and literary or creative works. Thus, familiarise yourself with your home country’s laws because ignorance is no defence. As you grow, you might find that you will need the services of a lawyer.

Module 5 – Business Approach to Writing
To earn meaningful income from your writing, you need to be business-minded and business-like at all times. Being business-like ensures that you are not exploited by the industry gurus, and you cross every t and dot every i when dealing with publishers and publications.

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