Freelance Writing Stage 1
Five-week online course – an overview
This online course will equip you with the skills you need to pitch story ideas to editors, get published and earn money as a freelance writer. You'll be able to write for your favourite magazines, newspapers or websites!
You'll unlock a module full of lessons each week and complete a small assignment due each Sunday night – plus receive direct feedback from your online tutor; an experienced freelance writer.
- Industry overview
Preparation and research is key for a freelance writer. You will look at the huge range of magazines and websites in the industry and how important it is to research and target the right ones to maximise your strike rate as a writer. You’ll also learn the differences between features, columns, stock pages, Q&As and opinion pieces. You’ll receive feedback on analysing a magazine.
- Where to get your ideas and angles
Ideas can come from anywhere. You’ll find out which ones work as feature articles and how to use news hooks, trends, celebrity happenings, events, dates and more to make your stories relevant. You will also learn how to find a new angle for an existing topic, as well as the growing popularity of content writing/marketing and how you can get this type of work. You’ll receive feedback on writing a hook and lead paragraphs.
- Story structure
Every good story needs a strong structure – the skeleton on which to add your own style. You will learn the essential elements needed for every article and the importance of intros, breakout boxes, expert opinions and more. You’ll analyse many articles to identify the appropriate styles, what works and what does not and receive feedback on a 500-word profile piece.
- Research, sources and interviews
To create a balanced article (and not simply an opinion piece), research and relevant quotes (from experts or case studies) are essential. You'll discover the best ways and places to source information for your stories, as well as the mechanics of interviewing – where to find your subjects, what questions to ask and some ethical considerations with using quotes. You’ll receive feedback on your story idea and research/case study goals.
- Selling your work and seeing it in print or online
Arguably the most important step of the process is bringing it to the wider audience – through publication in a newspaper, magazine or website. To do this, you need to pitch your story idea (or completed story) to an editor. It may seem daunting, but this course will give you the confidence to pitch like a pro. Successfully selling your articles is a skill in itself and it’s what will turn freelancing into a regular income! You’ll receive feedback on your sample pitch.
Jo Hartley completed Freelance Writing Stage 1
“Prior to doing the course, I had never done any writing other than dabbling in writing a blog when my son was born… The course had a huge impact on my life and my writing. It taught me the skills that I needed to write for magazines and online publications and it’s given me a part-time income where I can work around my two children. I would say, without hesitation, go and do it. You will learn so much and it really can lead to a different career!”
– Jo Hartley, freelance writer
“Is this course for me?”
Freelance Writing Stage 1 is a course for anyone looking to get paid for writing real life content and articles. People like these:
Enjoy the benefits of your online classroom
- This course gives you access to your own online classroom, where you’ll be able to connect with other classmates and share your stories with each other in a supportive environment – with people who share your passion!
- Your class also has its own online tutor – on hand for any questions you may have and to provide personal feedback on your work. Our tutors are experienced experts with years of knowledge to draw on. They’re your secret weapon!
- Each Monday we’ll release a new learning module in the form of audio lessons, along with handouts and other resources. You can choose to save the audio and listen to it later – perhaps during your favourite walk or on the commute in the car. It’s up to you!
- A fan of 9am starts? Easy. 2pm before the kids get home? Sure. 10pm? 5am? You choose the time and place that best suits you schedule. A practical weekly assignment (assessed by your tutor) will help you stay on track and gauge your progress along the way.
Get ongoing freelance support
Freelance Writing Stage 1 provides you with all the foundation skills you need to start pitching stories and building a portfolio of written work. But many graduates also want support in the “real world” – and that’s where our online Freelance Writing Masterclass Program comes in.
Exclusive to graduates of the stage 1 course, the program is like an apprenticeship, giving you valuable mentoring, feedback and more as you start out as a freelance writer. As a member, you have unlimited online access to a library of extra tutorials to add to your skills and confidence. You can also get feedback on your pitches and ask AWC founder Valerie Khoo questions in the monthly Ask Me Anything video sessions. With extra support and advice from an exclusive members group, it's the perfect way to keep up the momentum following Freelance Writing Stage 1.
By the end of the Freelance Writing Stage 1, you'll have:
|KNOWLEDGE:||We’ve condensed a decade’s worth of learning in this highly practical five-week course.|
|CONFIDENCE:||Knowing how the industry works, how to interview and how to approach an editor is half the battle.|
|INSPIRATION:||Come up with stories and angles for just about anything, anywhere.|
|MOTIVATION:||There are hundreds of publications and websites that require freelance content – and many graduates get pitches approved even before they finish the five weeks!|
Graduates have gone on to generate six-figure incomes working full-time as freelance writers, or even becoming editors themselves! The sky's the limit and it all starts here.
But don’t just take our word for it…
“Before the course I had lots of ideas, I just didn't know what to do with them. The course boosted my confidence enormously. Since completing the course I've had several pieces selected for publication. It feels so good being paid to write!”
– Ruth Dawkins
"The course was uber inspiring – it's like someone turned on a switch in my mind and BAM! ... The Australian Writers' Centre bought me a ticket to my own show and I haven't stopped writing since! I sent off my first pitch within four days of completing the course. Bravo and thanks!"
– Janelle Walters
"Having not been formally trained as a journalist, it made this dream of mine achievable. We all have a voice of value. The course has given me tools to use it."
– Aisha O’Donoughue
“It was interesting to see different takes on the same assignments. I also liked the ease of doing the work and listening to the tutorials in my own time, while still having the structure of assignment deadlines.”
– Barbara Skeggs
Start freelancing today!
This course will change your life – giving you the confidence to succeed.
There has never been a better time to bring your voice to the world (and earn money while you do it!). Enrol in this five-week online course today…