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What is journalism? Can I really make a career out of writing? Is working from home for me? What do I need to get started? I have this great idea, but what should I do next? All of these questions and more are answered throughout the Freelance Writer Business Course.

What You Will Learn

This course teaches the many facets of blogging, novel writing, proofreading and copywriting along with many other writing methods; offering many tools and resources that seasoned writers wish they had when they first began writing as a career. Each section details the definitions used, the elements of each aspect of writing, examples, exercises and assignments that will jog the freelancer’s creative processes.

The motivation behind the Freelance Writer Business Course is to ensure that novice and seasoned writers know what it takes to build their own business as a writer – right from the comfort of their own homes. By taking a hands-on, home study course, aspiring business owners are able to study and learn at their own pace.

The Freelance Writer Business Course is set across 13 comprehensive modules:

  1. Purpose
  2. Starting Out
  3. Journalism
  4. Blog Writing
  5. Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing
  6. Article & Magazine Writing
  7. Creative & Writing
  8. Business & Academic Writing
  9. Copywriting
  10. Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing & Styles of Writing
  11. Verse
  12. Writing Tools
  13. Finding Work
  14. Glossary

Who Would Enjoy the Course

Anyone with a flair for writing can take part in the Freelance Writer Business Course and it will also provide much needed tools and inspiration for veteran writers suffering from writer’s block, the information contained in this course will provide a wealth of knowledge that will prove beneficial to the end result: starting and progressing a business as a writer.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Freelance Writer Business Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Purpose

  • Objectives
  • What You Will Need
  • How to Use This Course
  • Course Description and Overview
  • Introduction

Module 2: Starting Out

  • Before You Begin
  • Achieving Success
  • Tips for Success
  • Grammar
    • Grammar Basics
    • Resources
  • Different Writing Genres
    • Introduction to Writing Genres
    • Journalism
    • Blog Writing
    • Academic Writing
    • Copywriting
    • Proofreading
    • Fiction Writing
    • Ghost-Writing
    • Article Writing
    • Creative Writing
    • Freelance Writing
    • Business Writing
    • Nonfiction Writing

Module 3: Journalism

  • What is Journalism?
  • Elements of Journalism Articles
  • More Information

Module 4: Blog Writing

  • Introduction to Blogging
  • Definition
  • History
  • WordPress as a Blogging Platform
  • How to Create a Blog Post in WordPress
  • Different Types of Blogging
  • Elements of a Blog Post
  • Writing Blog Headlines
  • Things to Remember
  • Adding Images
  • What to Avoid
  • Writing the Content
  • Blog Post Components
  • Blog Keywords
  • Keyword Stuffing
  • Keyword Density
  • Blog Categories
  • Blog Post Types
  • Social Media in Reference to Blogging
  • Being a Credible Source of Valuable Information
  • Ethics
  • Blogging Responsibly
  • Blogging Sources
  • Blog Comments
  • Clickbait
  • Finding Blogging Content
  • RSS Feeds
  • Blogging as a Business
  • Advertising and Other Revenue Streams
  • Affiliate Links
  • Other Revenue Streams
  • The Key to Good Blogging
  • Benefits of Blogging
  • Where to Find Blogging Work
  • WordPress as a Blogging Tool

Module 5: Fiction & Non-Fiction Writing

  • Fiction Writing
    • Introduction to Novel Writing
    • Elements of a Novel
    • Breakdown of the Elements of Fiction Novels
    • Tips for Creating Novel Components
    • Outline Creation
    • Elements of Story Outlines
    • Novel Creation
    • Hints and Tricks for Successful Novel Creation
    • Novel Writing as a Business Model
    • Marketing Your Novel
    • Genres of Fiction Novels
    • Writing Techniques
    • Evoking an Emotional Response
    • Fiction Writing Tips
  • Non-Fiction Writing
    • Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
    • Genres of Nonfiction
    • Nonfiction Writing as a Business Model
    • Resources for Further Study

Module 6: Ghostwriting

  • Definition
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement

Module 7: Article & Magazine Writing

  • Introduction to Article Writing
    • Finding Your Voice
    • Drawing Readers In
    • Excluding Readers
    • Speaking to the Reader
    • Making Articles Easy to Read
    • Writing Great Headlines
  • Magazine Articles
    • Introduction to Magazine Articles
    • Magazine Article Types
    • Commissioned Articles
    • Keyword Use
    • Article Breakdown from Example
    • Keywords and SEO
    • Internet Marketing Strategy

Module 8: Creative & Writing

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
    • Types of Creative Writing
    • Techniques Used in the Creative Writing Process
    • Creative Writing Exercises
  • Freelance Writing
    • Introduction to Freelance Writing
    • Writing Style Guides
    • Freelance Writing as a Business
    • Freelancing for Magazines
    • Query Process
    • Writing Clips

Module 9: Business & Academic Writing

  • Introduction to Business Writing
    • How to Create a Business Email
    • Academic Writing
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
    • Academic Document Types
    • What is Included in Academic Papers
    • How to Create an Academic Paper

Module 10: Copywriting

  • Introduction to Copywriting
  • Sales Copy
  • Understanding the Product
  • Defining the Target Audience
  • Learning the Target Audience
  • Surveying Customers
  • Writing Great Headlines
  • The Message in Sales Copy
  • Proofreading
  • Introduction to Proofreading
  • How to Proofread Content

Module 11: Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing & Styles of Writing

  • Verse
  • What is Critical Writing?
  • What is Sports Writing?
  • Styles of Writing
    • Style Guides
    • AP Style
    • Chicago Manual of Style
    • New York Times Style

Module 12: Writing Tools

  • Online Tools
  • Keep a Notebook
  • Keep an Editorial Calendar
  • Smartphone Apps
  • Other Tools
  • No Excuses
    • Avoid Procrastination
    • Writer's Block

Module 13: Finding Work

  • Working on Elance
  • Working on People per Hour
  • Writing a Proposal or Cover Letter
  • General Information


Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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