Freelance Writing Online Course

Freelance Writing Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Freelance writing can be a highly satisfying and rewarding way to earn money, either as a part time or full time career. To be successful at Freelance Writing, you need good writing skills of course ….but also, saleable ideas, patience, persistence and an ability to meet obligations and deadlines.

  • Learn how to write what publishers want
  • Improve your professional writing skills under the guidence of a team of internationally published book, magazine and newspaper writers
  • Learn how to optimise opportunities for “breaking in” to the writing profession as a freelance author, writer or journalist

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the nature and scope of freelance writing.
  • Evaluate your basic writing skills and identify deficiencies needing attention in order to be successful at freelance writing.
  • Develop a concept for freelance writing which has potential for selling.
  • Identify commercial opportunities to sell writing to publishers.
  • Describe the preparation of a manuscript for submission to a publisher
  • Write commercially viable items for publishing in a newspaper.
  • Write commercially viable items for publishing in a magazine.
  • Plan for production of a commercially viable book manuscript.
  • Write commercially viable advertising.
  • Apply all skills and knowledge so far developed to the production of a complete manuscript.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.


  • Categories of Freelance Writing
  • Steps to getting started
  • Necessary resources (including equipment)
  • Researching the market
  • Sources of information
  • How to develop yourself as a freelance writer
  • Publishing Options
  • Industry Terminology
  • Set Tasks
  • Assignment

Basic Writing Skills

  • How to improve a piece of writing
  • Essential Writing Skills
  • Informative Language
  • Persuasive Language
  • Imaginative Language
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Literal and Figurative Language
  • Formal and Informal Language
  • Clear Communication
  • Making meanings clear
  • Causes of confusion
  • Ambiguity
  • Concise wording
  • Condensing your writing
  • In-concise writing
  • Phrases linked in a wordy fashion
  • Tautologies
  • Abstract nouns
  • Using too many words
  • Ellipsis
  • Active and passive language
  • Grammatical rules
  • Grammatical Errors
  • Rules of Speech
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Sentence Structure
  • Types of sentences
  • Composing sentences
  • Building a paragraph
  • Set task
  • Assignment

Planning What You Write

  • Conceptualisation
  • Developing a concept
  • Writing an outline synopsis
  • Planning your writing
  • Word budget
  • Writing structure
  • Research
  • The Writing process
  • Feature writing conventions
  • Feature article structure
  • Introduction, Billboard paragraph, Body, Ending and Closer
  • References
  • A writing routine

The Publishing World

  • Contacting publishers
  • Periodicals
  • Books
  • Sample Publishers Contract
  • Protecting the writers work
  • Copyright
  • Income from writing
  • Lending rights


  • Preparing and presenting your manuscript
  • Editing
  • The Editing Process
  • Self Editing
  • Editing Articles and Manuscripts
  • Writing a Sales Package
  • Target Reader Synopsis
  • The Title
  • Statement of Objectives
  • The Publishing Process
  • Presentation Requirements
  • Submitting your work
  • Publishing processes for ebooks
  • Self publishing online

Newspaper Writing

  • News articles
  • Short features
  • Investigative article
  • Regular columns
  • Fillers
  • Human interest article
  • Local newspaper articles
  • Interviews
  • Conducting an interview
  • Planning the questions
  • Drawing out answers
  • Accuracy of notes

Magazine Writing

  • Magazine articles
  • What does a publisher or editor consider
  • Feature articles
  • Types of articles
  • Service articles
  • Travel writing
  • Interviews

Writing Books

  • Fiction books
  • Writing fiction –plot, viewpoint, characterisation. setting, dialogue, conflict, structure.
  • Target audience
  • Believability
  • Non Fiction books
  • Text books
  • Fact finding
  • Getting book contracts
  • Books in print

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  • Writing for public relations
  • Media releases
  • Writing promotional campaigns
  • Messages
  • Selling
  • Effectiveness
  • Writing online advertising copy

Special Project

  • Reviewing your writing
  • Planning a small book
  • Writing the first chapter

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.