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Course Description

If you have ever dreamed of being a freelance writer this course is for you. Get started today learning about this exciting field and in no time you can be on your way to earning a living, extra income, and more, by doing something that you love – writing!

Chock-full of all the inside information you need to understand the career field and be successful in it, this course can teach you what freelancing writing is, how much you can expect to make, how to find markets, creating successful queries, what to do once you get an assignment, and how to market your skills. You will also learn some of the tools of the trade that will help you be successful, such as how to build a portfolio, where to get ideas and topics from, common writing rules that are outdated, and various ways you can increase your earnings as a writer. 

This course will not only give you a look at everything you need to know to become a freelance writer, but when you finish,  you will be ready to put what you learn into action to build a freelance writing career. Whether you would like to freelance on a full time basis, do it to supplement your current income, or learn freelance writing skills to get your product or service noticed, this is the place to start!

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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Determine what to write.
  • Determine compensation.
  • Find writing markets.
  • Create a query or proposal.
  • Describe making the sale.
  • Describe marketing your skills.
  • Describe building your portfolio.
  • Describe generating ideas and conducting interviews.
  • Describe ways to increase your earnings as a writer, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson 1 : An Introduction to Freelance Writing

    This first lesson focuses on what freelance writing is, defining a purpose, and setting realistic goals.
  • Lesson 2: Determining What to Write

    This lesson looks at what you should consider writing, including a look at fiction vs. nonfiction writing, specializing, and deciding what to write.
  • Lesson 3: Money Matters

    This lesson focuses on the money matters that pertain to freelance writing, such as how much you can make, setting your rates, and more.
  • Lesson 4: Finding Markets

    This lesson looks at the different ways to find markets in which to sell your writing services, including online sources.
  • Lesson 5: The Query or Proposal

    This lesson covers the query or proposal, including what it is, what is included, and samples.
  • Lesson 6: Making the Sale

    This lesson looks at what to do once you make the sale, including contracts, deadlines, and publication rights.
  • Lesson 7: Marketing Your Skills

    This lesson looks at the importance of marketing your writing skills and ways in which you can do it.
  • Lesson 8: Building Your Portfolio

    This lesson looks at ways you can build your portfolio, especially if you are new to freelance writing.
  • Lesson 9: Generating Ideas and Conducting Interviews

    This lesson looks at how you can generate ideas and conduct interviews of sources.
  • Lesson 10: Outdated Rules

    This lesson looks at some of the outdated freelance writing rules that tend to turn up over and over in the field.
  • Lesson 11: Ways to Increase Your Earnings as a Writer

    This lesson looks at some of the ways in which you can increase your earnings as a writer, including branching out in different areas and offering new services.
  • Lesson 12: Hanging Out Your Shingle

    This lesson looks at taking the steps to get started freelancing and issues you should first consider.
  • Lesson 13: Freelance Tools and Resources

    This lesson provides resources and tools that can be helpful to freelance writers.

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Course Title: Freelance Writing 101
Course Number: 7550289
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "The lessons were very well put together and allowed me to quickly learn the material and move on. It was easy to take notes and retain the information. I really appreciated how quickly the instructor was able to grade assignments and exams. She also did a great job of putting together a quality course with lots of beneficial material." -- Elizabeth K.
  • "I think this course truly helped me to figure out exactly what it was I looking for in the freelance world, and I had no clue before! I have already applied to a newspaper to be a side-columnist, and have a good shot at the job thanks to the information I received here. Bravo!" -- Andrea G.
  • "All lessons were beneficial." -- Rabab M.
  • "The course material was extremely helpful. " -- David H.
  • "The course was excellent, the instructors sense of humor made the lessons memorable. I found the written assignments to be very helpful. The netlinks were fantastic." -- Patricia H.
  • "The instructor presented many hints and facts from her experiences which were extremely helpful to me in understanding what it takes to be a freelance writer. I have many notes saved from this class and will definitely use them in the future! Again, I enjoyed the course and learned a lot which will be helpful to me as a freelance writer. Thank you very much for offering it!" -- Shanon T.
  • "Melissa was very prompt in grading the tests and written assignments. The instructor gave encouraging comments. Much of the supplemental reading materials added to the lessons and their content. The information on marketing skills, especially that on portfolios, was very helpful." -- Larry M.
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