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How to become a Freelance Writer

3 Saturday classes | 6 hours per class

In troubled times for newspapers, talented freelance writers are hot property. As advertising revenues plummet and job losses increase, do you have what it takes to produce a steady stream of stories that editors absolutely have to buy?

In this course you will learn how to spot stories across a range of genres — from sport to travel to fashion — and how to target the best outlet for your story. Discover the secrets of pitching ideas and securing the commission.

You will learn tools of the trade, how to deal with editors, illustrating your story, working across print, online and multi-media platforms; and how to file clean copy, written in house-style, to deadline every time. Copyright and how to re-package and on-sell stories in Australia and overseas is also covered.

You’ll also receive practical guidance on how to break into freelance writing.


To be confirmed



Register your interest for our next course: acij@uts.edu.au


  • $920 full fee
  • $828 ACIJ members
  • $736 concession (students and low income)
  • $644 UTS staff and students

Limited to: 14 participants

Location: To be confirmed

To discuss this course or for more information please contact acij@uts.edu.au or call +61 2 9514 2488.


What participants liked about Freelance Writing:

“The information presented catered to a broad range of backgrounds of students.” Phil Eligio,Web Marketer/Producer.

“Erin is a passionate and well-informed teacher who seemed very dedicated to go out of her way to help students.” Annie Vaughan, Student.

“Erin took a great interest in each one of us and why we were pursuing this field of work. She gave us great tips — which she had successfully practised — and ideas. I found the course so inspiring and motivating. So glad it’s available.” Linda McSweeny, Journalist.

“The course made specific omments and advice for the website I currently work on.” Tessa Cousins, Project Administration Officer.

“Erin was a great teacher and generally and genuinely interested in everyone in the course. Her feedback was both positive and constructive, and she balanced the content beautifully.” Justine Bashford.

“[The course] was encouraging and a comfortable forum for learning. Regardless of whether I actually pursue freelance writing, it was a great motivator. Thanks, Erin, for bringing warmth and patience to the course.” Rossje Scott.

“The course is well-paced and informative.” Simon Tidy, Media Manager.

“The instructor knew the subject through her own experience, well-structured, oustanding management of course flow and people interaction.” Steven de Vroom, Owner, Amazing Faces Pty Ltd.

“The bulk of practical information is in the booklet that I can implement into my own writing. It gives a great kick-start to the development of ideas.” Renee Miller, Journalist.”

“We were free to ask any questions as and when it came up and would get an answer without deviating too much frozm the lesson plan.” Nicola Hill, Environmental Consultant.

“It was very practical with great advice regarding different magazines and publications.” Lyn Dickens, Student.

“The small class size allowed for effective teaching. Feedback was specific and well thought out. Articles were deconstructed and thoroughly critiqued.” Geoff Ruddice (September 2012)