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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you be successful, such as how to build a portfolio, where to get ideas and topics from, common writing rules that are outdated, and various ways you can increase your earnings as a writer.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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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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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. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Freelance writing: An Introduction; Questions Anyone?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: An Introduction to Freelance Writing

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. 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Magazines
  • Take Poll: Write What You Know
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Determining 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. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Understanding Finances for Writers; What Will You Charge?; Get Paid What You're Worth
  • Take Poll: Ching Ching!
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Money Matters

Lesson 4: Finding Markets

This lesson looks at the different ways to find markets in which to sell your writing services, including online sources. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Tips for Writing Pros
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Finding Markets

Lesson 5: The Query or Proposal

This lesson covers the query or proposal, including what it is, what is included, and samples. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Bid Proposal; Writing a Query Letter; Book Proposal
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: The Query or Proposal

Lesson 6: Making the Sale

This lesson looks at what to do once you make the sale, including contracts, deadlines, and publication rights. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: How to Protect Your Ideas As a Freelancer
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Making the Sale

Lesson 7: Marketing Your Skills

This lesson looks at the importance of marketing your writing skills and ways in which you can do it. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Ten Marketing Tips for Success; Marketing Strategies
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Marketing Your Skills

Lesson 8: Building Your Portfolio

This lesson looks at ways you can build your portfolio, especially if you are new to freelance writing. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Credentials; Building Your Portfolio
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Building Your Portfolio

Lesson 9: Generating Ideas and Conducting Interviews

This lesson looks at how you can generate ideas and conduct interviews of sources. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Writing Ideas Are Everywhere!; Research
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Generating Ideas and Conducting Interviews

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. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Get With the Times!; Writing Rules - Not!
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Outdated Rules

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. 44 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Stringers
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Ways to Increase Your Earnings as a Writer

Lesson 12: Hanging Out Your Shingle

This lesson looks at taking the steps to get started freelancing and issues you should first consider. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Baby Steps; Write This Way
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Hanging Out Your Shingle

Lesson 13: Freelance Tools and Resources

This lesson provides resources and tools that can be helpful to freelance writers. 645 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Making Your Job Easier; Writing Tools Rock
  • Take Poll: Finders Keepers
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Freelance Tools and Resources
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Total Course Points

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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
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