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Freelance Writing: How to Get Published in Print and Online Short Course

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A solid foundation in the skills required to help you get journalism style articles published in magazines, newspapers and online.

Why choose this course?

This freelance writing short course is aimed at those interested in writing as a journalist.

Led by an experienced journalist, the course focuses on the skills required to help you get journalism style articles published in magazines, newspapers and online (blogs and digital content) from developing an initial idea right through to publication.

You will improve your reporting and research skills to identify a good story, pitch it to an editor and get it published online or in print and learn the skills involved in working as a freelance journalist.

Taught over 8 weekly lessons and delivered from our central London location, the course offers expert tuition and the flexibility of part-time study.

Course overview

This is a highly practical course which will cover feature writing, pitching ideas, exploring outlets, interview skills, reviews, writing to a formula and social networking.

You will be expected to share your written work with the group as well as with the tutor and give and receive feedback in class. Skills covered in the course include interviewing and reporting, integrating facts and accessing creativity. Topics may include any that you wish to bring, e.g. writing on health, food and travel.

Please note this is a course for those interested in freelance writing as a journalist. It is not suitable for those looking to publish short stories, novels or poetry. This course is equally not suitable for those wishing to improve their English.

  • “ The course was so helpful in demystifying the whole process of pitching and getting published...I've also downloaded all your resources - they're very helpful ”

    Claire Hamlett

    Former student

  • “ The tutor is knowledgeable and engaged, and the curriculum is very relevant… I got all the information I need to pitch as a freelance writer ”

    Cornelia Bogatu

    Former student

  • “ I learned more than I had expected - including how to pitch, writing for different audiences, and how to maximise potential benefit/income from an idea. By the final week I succeeded in getting an article published online ”

    Sue Phillips

    Former student

  • “ This was my very first step in the world of UK freelance journalism, and it exceeded my expectations. Every week I was learning something new: how to evaluate my ideas, how to gain confidence in my writing, how to deal with editors and finally what are the right steps to take to be published. I enjoyed every minute of it and, most important of all, now I feel I'm ready to start my career as a freelancer. It's a very good course for anyone who's looking for the right path to be a freelance journalist. ”


    Former student

  • “ Susan is an enthusiastic tutor who encourages interaction from every member of the class. We worked as a group sharing ideas and supporting each other. The course stimulated ideas for my writing and I've launched two blogs because of it. Susan has given me the confidence to get my writing published and I've been sending pitches to magazines whilst writing my own blog posts in the mean time. I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is a beginner writer or an experienced writer who needs a boost of confidence. Thanks to Susan and city for an enjoyable 10 weeks. ”

    Sarah Richards

    Former student

  • “ The 8 weeks I spent in your business writing class was invaluable and I continue to write because of it. Better yet, I've managed to get a part-time gig as a writer. ”

    Yasin Ibrahim

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 8 weekly evening classes on the Freelance Writing short course, you will learn:

  • To research and recognise a good story to turn into a feature or comment.
  • To construct well-written articles.
  • To integrate quotes or case studies.
  • To identify a suitable outlet for your work.
  • How to get work.
  • How the media works.



English requirements

Applicants must have fluent written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Writers' & Artists' Yearbook (A&C Black)
  • Read This!: Business Writing that Works (Paperback) by Robert Gentle

Tutor information

  • Susan Grossman

    Susan Grossman is a former BBC broadcaster, magazine editor, freelance travel journalist and author. She lectures on the MA in Journalism at Westminster University and works as a career coach, media trainer and writing mentor, helping individuals and media professionals get published and impress editors.

    Susan has a certificate in Leaders as Coaches and 30 years' work experience as a consumer

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