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Writing Freelance Magazine Articles
L00104

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

You will get direction for your freelance writing. You will learn the basics of freelance writing to enable you to begin planning, researching, writing and pitching articles to Editors at magazines and newspapers.

Course Content

The sessions also include a workshop element where students work on specific exercises, such as interviewing and writing an “intro”, or opening paragraph. Students will also be given a weekly assignment for discussion and feedback. They can opt to do the assignment in the form of a feature article on a subject of their choice, which they can work on week by week. Completing the assignment is essential if students are to get the maximum value from this course.

Week 1
• Overview of course
• What do you hope to achieve?
• Discussion of possible projects
• A guide to the magazine market

Week 2
Types of article:
• General feature
• First-person experience
• Profiles
• Columns
• Blogs
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 3
Structure:
- The “intro”
- From the specific to the wider picture
- Winding it up
Discussion of assignment and feedback

• Week 4
• Colour and human interest
• Style and tone
• Using quotes
• Working from notes

Week 5
Interviewing
• Telephone versus Skype versus face-to-face.
• Persuading people to talk
• Interview techniques
• Taking notes/recording
• Handling demands for conditions
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 6
• Generating Ideas
• Choosing your publication/format
• Tackling the research
• Building contacts
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 7
Publication
• Establishing your profile and credentials
• Selling your idea
• Writing a pitch
• Submitting on spec.
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 8
Handling a commission:
• Agreeing terms
• The brief
• Word count and deadline
• The production process
• Dealing with feedback and queries
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 9
• Copyright
• Libel
• Privacy
• Data protection
• Contempt of court
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 10
• Outstanding questions
• Review of projects and the way forward

Sandra Hempel

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Writing Freelance Magazine Articles

Course Outline
The sessions also include a workshop element where students work on specific exercises, such as interviewing and writing an “intro”, or opening paragraph. Students will also be given a weekly assignment for discussion and feedback. They can opt to do the assignment in the form of a feature article on a subject of their choice, which they can work on week by week. Completing the assignment is essential if students are to get the maximum value from this course.

Week 1
• Overview of course
• What do you hope to achieve?
• Discussion of possible projects
• A guide to the magazine market

Week 2
Types of article:
• General feature
• First-person experience
• Profiles
• Columns
• Blogs
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 3
Structure:
- The “intro”
- From the specific to the wider picture
- Winding it up
Discussion of assignment and feedback

• Week 4
• Colour and human interest
• Style and tone
• Using quotes
• Working from notes

Week 5
Interviewing
• Telephone versus Skype versus face-to-face.
• Persuading people to talk
• Interview techniques
• Taking notes/recording
• Handling demands for conditions
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 6
• Generating Ideas
• Choosing your publication/format
• Tackling the research
• Building contacts
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 7
Publication
• Establishing your profile and credentials
• Selling your idea
• Writing a pitch
• Submitting on spec.
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 8
Handling a commission:
• Agreeing terms
• The brief
• Word count and deadline
• The production process
• Dealing with feedback and queries
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 9
• Copyright
• Libel
• Privacy
• Data protection
• Contempt of court
Discussion of assignment and feedback

Week 10
• Outstanding questions
• Review of projects and the way forward

First Class Requirements

Pen and paper or laptop if preferred.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will ensure maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

Observation and question and answer in class. Feedback on work produced in and outside of class. Optional homework - Developing your own 1000-word feature with tutor guidance)

Further Study Options

You can progress to other Creative Writing courses at the college.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on lrc@rhacc.ac.uk. We are here to help you.

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