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Freelance Journalism Course Expert Opinions


“There is a great deal of raw writing talent in the world. Sadly, most of it remains unpolished and unpublished. The would-be journalist fails by making many stylistic and marketing mistakes. Such writers need someone to steer them towards accomplishment and the Freelance Journalism course expertly pilots them all the way.

“As a new writer you’ll be shown the writing options open to you – from writing advertorials to active reportage. You’ll be told which topics to target and which to avoid. Whatever the subject matter you choose, you’ll be shown how to construct a feature with true verve and focus – given access to professional writing experience with clear emphasis on the knowledge which will serve you most.

“Which types of magazine want soft focus features? What does an editor mean when he asks for hard copy? The new freelance will find answers to those questions and to, literally, hundreds more. Journalistic lingo is fully explained so that the new writer no longer feels as if he is on the outside looking in.

“Ability and persistence are not enough – as a writer you need to understand everything from successful writing styles to seasonal requirements. The Freelance Journalism course provides you with this wealth of information in a clear, compelling and comprehensive way.”

Carol Ann Davis

Carol Ann Davis was short-listed for a Best New Journalist award in her second year of writing. Her health journalism, consumer and lifestyle features have appeared in newspapers and in a wide range of women’s, teenage and general interest magazines. Carol has done film and book reviewing and interview-based features for the local press. A former non-fiction writing tutor and an ongoing fiction writer, she has also worked in a sub-editing capacity on a woman’s magazine. Her latest interest is in crime fiction and the crime genres in which she has had 10 books published.


“Journalism is a craft mastered by trial and error and it needs tremendous discipline if it is to earn you a decent living. But the expertise, the guidance and the sound common sense found on the pages of the Freelance Journalism Course make it suitable for both the budding professional and the part-timer after pin money.

“At any level journalism is hugely enjoyable, opening unlikely doors and bringing you into contact with amazing people. It makes you more aware of the world around you and, as you develop news-gathering skills, you begin to realise that saleable stories lurk in the most unpromising places.

“By signing up to such an experienced organisation as The Writers Bureau, you will soon learn to avoid any pitfalls because you will be producing something of value, targeting the right publications and reaping the appropriate rewards.”

Priscilla Hodgson

Priscilla Hodgson is a former Woman’s Editor of the Daily Mail and Features Editor of the Birmingham Post. As well as editing both newspapers and magazines, she has been a freelance contributor to major publications as diverse as The Sunday Times and The Sun.

Cathal Coyle

"My short-term intention is to continue combining writing for newspapers and magazines with my current job. I'm enjoying my writing 'sideline' but I may find as time goes on that I want to make the transition to full-time writer."

Cathal Coyle


Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

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