“The material really speaks to you as a freelance writing professional, giving you the chance to try new ideas, explore new subjects and develop a strong writing style. It is challenging – but very worth it.”
Making the decision to study the Diploma of Professional Freelance Journalism with the Morris Journalism Academy has given me more than great confidence in my writing skills. I now have the tools to generate ideas across a variety of subjects, not just sport – my initial passion – but also other areas like travel, business and health.
My aim going into the course was simple: develop the skills to turn freelance writing into a regular income stream. I had sporadic articles published over the years but wanted to expand this into different areas. I liked the idea of creating my own ideas and writing about subjects I was passionate about. The thrill of seeing your name in print is probably the best thing about writing. I had a taste of it – but wanted to see it happen more regularly.
The course contained plenty of information about the basics of freelance writing, including tips about setting yourself up, setting goals and the business of writing. It also look at how to generate ideas, the rules of good writing, pitching ideas and the markets available.
You get given a mixture of practical advice, anecdotes, and interviews with real-life writers with varied assignments to complete. The latter can be short self-exercises or longer writing exercises.
I liked how the course material doesn’t assume you want to cover certain topics; whether you want to write about business or bikes, camping or lifestyle, you get to read about different subjects. You also get pushed outside your comfort zone by writing to deadline and being encouraged to read widely. I’d never thought I’d pick up a copy of Caravan World, for instance.
I enjoyed every moment of the course – it’s the first time I can truly say that in all my prior study. The material really speaks to you as a freelance writing professional, giving you the chance to try new ideas, explore new subjects and develop a strong writing style. It is challenging – but very worth it.
It was a privilege to have my tutor provide feedback and give constructive advice throughout the course. Any concerns about a lack of engagement (given feedback is via correspondence) were put to rest as my tutor gave detailed feedback and helpful hints each time. He gave me confidence to really try different styles and topics.
Since completing the course I’ve had two articles published for the sports magazine, Big League. I’ve also been commissioned to write a piece for a major sport publication, pitched to travel, business and health publications and had positive feedback on my ideas.
I would recommend the Professional Freelance Journalism Course to anyone interested in developing his or her writing skills. As long as you are prepared to dedicate the time needed to read and write throughout the course, you will finish with a sense of real achievement and an appreciation for what it takes to become a freelance writer.
To see Andrew’s work visit: andrewmarmont.com