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What you will learn: Build Your Own Business as a Freelance Writer
  • Purpose
  • Starting Out
  • Journalism
  • Blog Writing
  • Fiction Writing and Nonfiction Writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Article Writing
  • Creative Writing and Freelance Writing
  • Business Writing and Academic Writing
  • Copywriting and Proofreading
  • Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing
  • Writing Tools
  • Where to Find Writing Work

Get BIG Savings with our Freelance Writer Business Online Bundle, 10 Certificate Courses
  1. Freelance Writer Business
  2. Creative Writing
  3. Writing Books for Children
  4. Travel Writing Business
  5. Novel Writing Online
  6. Successful Self-Publishing
  7. Ghostwriting Business
  8. Poetry Writing
  9. Freelance Journalism
  10. Speed Reading
1. Freelance Writer Business: Build Your Own Business As A Freelance Writer

What is journalism? Can I really make a career out of writing? Is working from home for me? What do I need to get started? I have this great idea, but what should I do next? All of these questions and more are answered throughout the Freelance Writer Business Course.

This course teaches the many facets of blogging, novel writing, proofreading and copywriting along with many other writing methods; offering many tools and resources that seasoned writers wish they had when they first began writing as a career. Each section details the definitions used, the elements of each aspect of writing, examples, exercises and assignments that will jog the freelancer’s creative processes.

The motivation behind the Freelance Writer Business Course is to ensure that novice and seasoned writers know what it takes to build their own business as a writer – right from the comfort of their own homes. By taking a hands-on, home study course, aspiring business owners are able to study and learn at their own pace.


2. Creative Writing: Test Your Imagination and Stretch Your Writing Skills

Creative writing covers a wide variety of forms; simply, its purpose is to enable you to express, emotions, thoughts and feelings using the written word. If you would like to improve your writing skills, to try out new techniques in a variety of writing styles and to be able to create compelling works of fiction, then this course will enable you to do just that.

There are so many opportunities for writers in this digital age and the world of publishing has evolved greatly over the last few years. Publishing is now accessible to all who have a good grasp of the English language and because the world is now a predominantly much smaller place through the rise of the digital era, it is possible to become published in many English speaking countries.

This course however does not just concentrate on publishing but on the skills required that will elevate your writing abilities to the dizzy heights of professionalism. There is pleasure in the written word, creating imaginary plots and forming descriptive scenes filled with vibrancy and colour will satisfy the need to create. The knowledge of how to craft a captivating short story and to possess the ability to craft larger than life characters will stimulate those creative juices.

If you choose the road towards publication, understand that it can be a long but enjoyable route towards success, while you absorb the craft and incorporate it into your own writing studies. Think of this learning curve as an apprenticeship as you polish and hone the skills that will provide an outlet for your creative thoughts and that could provide you with the skills to become a published writer.

While the emphasis is on enjoyment, the projects within will test your imagination and stretch your writing skills, so that you learn steadily and consistently throughout.


3. Writing Books for Children: Learn Writing A Series Of Best Selling Children'S Books

If you ever fancied becoming the next J.K Rowling and writing a series of Best Selling Children's Books or you just quite fancy learning about the processes and techniques involved in writing for children - then this course is for you!

This comprehensive course takes you from a complete beginner in writing and covers the many aspects of publishing, focusing on those all-important writing techniques, right through to how to get an agent and build your author’s platform.

The course provides you with all of the information required to be able to write books which are suitable for your chosen age range, and offers you helpful tips and in-depth information to help your journey towards publication be smooth and productive.


4. Travel Writing Business: Learn The Different Aspects Travel Writing

The course starts you off with the basics and progresses you to the point at which you are capable of creating work of your own in this genre. You will be introduced to travel writing, guided you through the different aspects involved, and all the questions you have will be answered along the way.

Following an introduction to the course, and what to expect from it, the Travel Writing Business Course begins by explaining what travel writing really is (such as books, guides, brochures and more) and providing examples of some famous writers. This module then moves onto explain the necessary skills needed to succeed and how this course will help you to get there.

To increase your self-awareness and know your travel personality, which in turn will help your writing, the second module provides a short quiz. Here you will also be exposed to the different specialisms of travel writing, so you can understand which market you are planning to cater for, and the importance of knowing this. Module 3 of the Travel Writing Business Course discusses how travel magazines function and operate and then moves on to the importance of researching the area you intend to travel to and write about, including any special features of your destination. It is likely that you will take photographs as a visual aid to your travel literature, so the basic knowhow of photography is covered here also.

To get the most from your trips, becoming an expert traveller is important to this career choice. Module 4 talks you through everything that you need in order to travel to different places: financial resources, bookings at motels and hotels, food, clothing, any special equipment and more. Also included here is the way in which you travel, such as how to create a detailed itinerary and the pros and cons of both group and solo travel. Without funding, you aren’t going anywhere, so this module also discusses the various ways in which you can acquire funding, if your personal resources will not cover the expense.

The fifth module is all about writing. Along with discussing the importance of strong writing skills, students are informed of several drills and skills pertaining to travel writing. Also here students learn about several basic rules of writing travel literature, such as ‘show but don’t tell’, knowing one’s transitions, knowing the characters, and having something to set them apart from the rest.

Once you have finished your travels and written some interesting and insightful work, module 6 of the Travel Writing Business Course will guide you in how to share and sell your work. It also advises you on how to get to know the editors whom you’re going to be working with to publish the travel literature.

The final module of the course aims to leave you with some inspiration for your own work, in the form of samples of important travel literature, which are discussed and dissected, to understand just what makes them stand out. Also discussed here is how and why the experiences of travel writers are usually very different from the experiences of an average individual.


5. Novel Writing Online: Embark On A Creative Journey With Novel Writing

There is no doubt that writing a novel requires many skills that test resolve but the good news is that even the complete beginner can rise to the challenge and create a compelling novel if adhering to the basic rules, writing while absorbing the many skills required to bring the novel to life.

Writing a novel, irrespective of the genre, requires the writer to put a little bit of themselves into each and every page. This means, utilising many of the experiences that you yourself have endured, including both the good and the bad times to make up part of the fabric of your storyline, creating a tangible and gripping read. This powerful and thought provoking course will teach you everything that you need to know about one of the most wonderful creative experiences possible, writing a novel. Embarking upon a project such as this, will test your imagination, your writing skills, and test your ability to create imaginary environments that epitomise real-life. You will be aiming to captivate the reader, while creating imaginary threads that weave in and out of any storyline.

It’s not a challenge for the fainthearted. It takes time, patience and a great deal of editing to bring a novel to fruition, however, it is one of the most uniquely satisfying feelings, when you type the last word and know that you have achieved something quite amazing. It provides a written reminder of this moment in time, a poignant chance to review as you bought your creative senses to the fore, and the memories and the evidence of this time is something that will stay with you forever.

You may have dreams of writing a bestselling novel and although you are entering a tough market place, filled with competition from other writers all with varying levels of experience, sometimes it just takes a solid story-line, a unique approach and a whole lot of enthusiasm to the written word, and it can happen.

Writing a novel requires a complex set of skills. Having an unlimited imagination that is both expansive and thorough will stand you in good stead. Having an enquiring mind that will let you delve deep into a variety of plots and scenarios will also benefit you. Good research skills, an ability to visualise, especially when creating characters that are lively and realistic, plus a dogged determination to continue writing right through to the very last word is a must. When the characters start to take life and make their own way through the storyline, all you need to do is to dig deep, envisage to the best of your ability, creating an insightful back story that provides a solid foundation for the overall plot.

You may be one of the many people who have had an idea gnawing away at you for a long time. Over the years, the idea may have grown substantially and changed shape and format. Your mind may have already searched extensively for variables that could increase interest and make the read much more exciting. If so, having the basis of the solid plot to hand at this point will put you one step ahead, simply because idea generation is an essential component especially if you are considering a complex but realistic plot centred on the intricate intricacies of real life. Your idea must stand the test of thousands of words and it’s worth considering whether your idea will last to make a sustainable read or if the idea will fizzle out half-way through.


6. Successful Self-Publishing: Learn The Basics Of Self-Publishing

You’ve got a great idea for a book and you’ve started putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) or you may have already finished it! How will you get it out into the world? You could hire a traditional publisher but you’ll lose creative control and royalties can be 7-25% per book sold (with 25% being on the incredibly generous end) or you can self-publish, keep total creative control and earn up to 70% of the royalties of each book. Tempted? Take this course and you’ll learn the skills needed in self-publishing your book – cover design and layout, proofing, publishing, distributing, and marketing.

The Successful Self-Publishing Diploma Course begins by guiding you through the basics of self-publishing. You’ll quickly get answers to the big questions, such as why you should self- publish and the benefits of doing so and, conversely, reasons self-publishing may not be for you. There are legal obligations you need to fulfil and to self-publish requires money, the course will talk you through what to expect in both these areas.

With your book written and your working title in place. This course will show you the process of finessing the details, large and small, to get your text ready for publication. You’ll learn the dos and don’ts of titling your book and what to include in your cover text, how to self-edit or hire and work with an editor, how to prepare your text for the layout process, and what the established conventions that you should use in book anatomy, are. Formatting should be invisible, unnoticed by the reader, but done poorly and inconsistently and the smallest of errors will pull your readers from the story, ruining the content of your work. You’ll learn how to use layout to enable your content to flow – with proper use of book sizing, page layout, fonts, spacing and alignment of text. Formatting for eBooks is also covered.

We are taught the metaphor ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but when it comes to books – we do. When confronted by a wall or screen of book covers and all you have to go off, as a customer, is a title and a cover, you will find yourself quickly judging covers and titles – giving just seconds to each. From this course, you will learn the do’s and don’ts of book cover design, from colour theory, graphics and images to fonts, copy placement, formatting and reproduction, to ensure yours is the cover that stands out and the book that gets bought. Even if you intend to commission a designer to do the work for you this essential knowledge will give you everything you need to understand what is needed and to get the cover you want.

With your files ready and book complete you need to understand the process of printing the finished work. The Successful Self-Publishing Diploma Course walks you through production, including the different printing methods available and how to convert your book into an eBook. It also stresses the importance of proofreading, how to proofread, and the common conventions used by proofreaders, should you choose to hire one.

Where many self-publishers fail is through not fully understanding distribution, because it doesn’t matter how good your book is, if no one can buy it you’re not going to make any money and it’ll be back to the 9-5. This course provides the knowledge you need to successfully get your book into bookshops, work with distributors and wholesalers, and price your book effectively for both printed and eBook versions.

You’ve published a book – don’t forget to tell people about it! Though before you publish, you need to have a marketing plan in place that will fit the content of your book. You’ll learn how to make sure your book is accurately represented in online bookstores and how to use tools such as social media, YouTube trailers, paid-for advertising, and mailing lists to promote and sell your book. You’ll also discover how to carry your marketing efforts on after publishing and through to your second book.


7. Ghostwriting Business: Understanding Ghostwriting And It's Different Types

From this course, you will gain a greater understanding of what ghostwriting is and, just as importantly, what it is not, along with finding out about the different types of ghostwriting.

To be a good ghostwriter you don’t necessarily need to have a related degree. The Ghostwriting Business Course explores education options and provides tips and suggestions on how you can start and improve your writing. It also highlights essential skills required to be successful in this field.

There are more job opportunities for ghostwriters than you may think. This course outlines these options – covering everything from in-house and agency work, to freelancing. Should you wish to strike out on your own, the course also provides information on different business structures. Getting your first few clients as a ghostwriter is probably the hardest part of the job. However, with the tips and tricks provided in this course, it is entirely possible – even easy. You’ll learn about using online job boards to find work, how having a niche or specialism can help you, and how to showcase your writing and gain referrals. Also covered are Ghostwriter Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

The range of writing you can undertake as a ghostwriter is vast. This course will guide you through the various types, along with how to break projects down and set timelines. You will also find out everything you need to know about billing a client, tips and suggestions on how to work virtually, and how to deal with difficult clients. The Ghostwriting Business Course covers how to research effectively. You’ll learn how to conduct interviews for primary information, find reliable sources, verify information and evaluate an online source’s credibility. You will also gain a better understanding of plagiarism.

As a ghostwriter, you will need to adapt your voice to your client’s needs. Through studying this course you will discover how to understand, research and target your audience, adapting your writing to fit their expectations.

To protect yourself and sell your work, it’s important that you understand copyright protection. The Ghostwriting Business Course covers how this functions in the global workplace. You’ll learn how to protect your writing, register it, and reserve or release your copyrights. You will also learn about public domain and CC0 materials. To ensure professionalism, your work must be clear, correct, and compelling. This course teaches you how to review your project – focusing on finding spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, and checking for typos and word usage errors. You’ll also learn about subediting or copyediting and how to revise your material to increase its impact.

As a ghostwriter, you may find yourself working on a book or manuscript. From the Ghostwriting Business Course, you will learn about the various parts of a book and the sequence they should appear in, and how to finalise your work. You’ll also discover what your options are when publishing to ebook formats.


8. Poetry Writing: Learn How Words are Used, How the Language of Poems Works, and How it Affects the Reader

Although it is an expression of one’s self, like any art form, being able to write good poetry is not something that anyone is born with the capability to do, it is learnt. The Poetry Writing Course walks you through the components that make stunning poetry and the techniques that you can put into practice, to begin or improve your own work. Before putting pen to paper and crafting your own works, it’s best to get a grounding in the significance of poetry past and present. You will explore the history of poetry, what poetry has meant to different poets through time, how it has been used, and what to consider if you are interested in writing children’s poetry or spoken word poetry. From here you will be introduced to the language of poetry. You will look at how words are used, how the language of poems works, and how it affects the reader. Through studying the Poetry Writing Course, you will see the various techniques and devices used in the creation of a poem.

Form and structure provide the framework of any good poem. The course goes into detail about form – discussing what it is, the various types of form, and its relationship to structure, along with reviewing examples of form and structural techniques. The Poetry Writing Course explains how, using the right words, a good poem can affect the senses and create exquisite images in the mind. Through understanding and employing the art of imagery, you can affect the mood and movement of a poem. You’ll learn how you can use stylistic language to affect rhythm and mood, and examine how to use repetition, consonance, assonance and alliteration, along with imagery, to pull a poem together and create clarity by creating feeling.

Rhythm and metre are used in poetry to affect sound and meaning, but the two are often confused. You’ll learn about the differences between them and the different ways they can be used. You’ll also look at deviations to traditional metre and rhythm. Often when people think of poetry, they think of rhymes. However, a poem does not need to rhyme to be a poem. In fact, in certain styles and genres, it has fallen out of favour. The Poetry Writing Course explores the rise and fall of rhyme, what the main types of rhyming are, and how practising using rhymes can make you a better poet.

With the tools and techniques of poetry writing explained, the Poetry Writing Course explains the components of creating “your voice” – word choice, imagery, line length, rhythm and tone – and how you can use these to create yours. You will also be provided with suggestions and tools that will help you hone your craft on a daily basis, such as by reading the works of respected poets, writing regularly and experimenting with style and structure.

In addition to helping you on your way to creating great poetry, the course will also instil in you the confidence and knowledge to publically share those poems. You’ll explore the various places and ways to submit your work and finally see your poems in print. You’ll learn how to take the next step – getting your work ready for book publication. Furthermore, the course examines the pros and cons of travelling the traditional route of publishing or deciding to self-publish, so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

9. Freelance Journalism: Become a proficient Freelance Journalist in any field

Being a freelance journalist takes more than just the ability to write well. This course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to make it in this exciting industry. You’ll learn what it takes to be a good journalist, what is expected of you as a representative of the profession, how to write depending on the kind of journalist you want to be, pitch stories and kick-start your career.

Recognition & Administration

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Ultimate Freelance Writer Business Bundle, 10 Courses includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Freelance Writer Business

Module 1 – Purpose

  • Part 1: Purpose
  • Part 2: Course Description and Overview
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 - Starting Out

  • Part 1: Starting Out
  • Part 2: Grammar
  • Part 3: Different Writing Genres
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 - Journalism

  • Journalism
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 - Blog Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Blogging
  • Part 2: Elements of a Blog Post
  • Part 3: Writing the Content
  • Part 4: Blog Post Types
  • Part 5: Social Media In Reference To Blogging
  • Part 6: Blogging for Employers
  • Part 7: WordPress as a Blogging Tool
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 - Fiction Writing and Nonfiction Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Novel Writing
  • Part 2: Novel Writing as a Business Model
  • Part 3: Genres of Fiction Novels
  • Part 4: Evoking an Emotional Response
  • Part 5: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 - Ghostwriting

  • Ghostwriting
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 - Article Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Article Writing
  • Part 2: Magazine Article Types
  • Part 3: Profile
  • Part 4: Expose
  • Part 5: Commissioned Articles
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 - Creative Writing and Freelance Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Part 2: Introduction to Freelance Writing
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 - Business Writing and Academic Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Business Writing
  • Part 2: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 - Copywriting and Proofreading

  • Part 1: Introduction to Copywriting
  • Part 2: Introduction to Proofreading
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11 - Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing

  • Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12 - Writing Tools

  • Writing Tools
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13 - Where to Find Writing Work

  • Part 1: Overview
  • Part 2: People Per Hour
  • Part 3: Freelance Writing Gigs
  • Part 4: General Information
  • Module 13 Assessment

Course 2 - Creative Writing

Module 1 - The Creative Process

  • Part 1: What is it? 
  • Part 2: Controlling Projects 
  • Part 3: Creating an Outline 
  • Part 4: Time to Write 
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 - Writing Fiction

  • Part 1: Show, Don’t Tell
  • Part 2: Character Profile
  • Part 3: Characteristics
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 - Point of View

  • Point of View
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Module 4 - Character Motivation
  • Character Motivation
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 - Write What You Know

  • Write What You Know
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 - Characters, Names and Imaginations

  • Part 1: Understanding the Character Connection 
  • Part 2: Names 

Module 7 - Beginning, Middle and Ending

  • Part 1: Beginnings 
  • Part 2: Middles 
  • Part 3: Endings 
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 - Dialogue and Descriptive Writing

  • Part 1: Dialogue 
  • Part 2: Descriptive Writing 
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 - Beating Writer’s Block

  • Part 1: Beating Writer’s Block
  • Part 2: Opening Sentences 
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 – Tips and Creative Tasks

  • Creative writing tips 
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11 – Writing Poetry

  • Part 1: What is Poetry? 
  • Part 2: Starting Out 
  • Part 3: Poetry Terms 
  • Part 4: Light, Shade and Imagination 

Module 12 – Poetry Prompts

  • Poetry Prompts
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13 - Writing the Life Story

  • Part 1: Writing the Life Story
  • Part 2: Flashbacks 
  • Module 13 Assessment

Module 14 - Going Public

  • Part 1: Going Public
  • Part 2: Agents and Self-publishing

Course 3 - Writing Books for Children

Module 1: Getting Started

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Genres
  • Part 3: Research
  • Part 4: Writing and Marketing
  • Part 5: Developing the Writer Within
  • Part 6: Six Myths to Side Step Neatly
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Secrets to Great Storytelling

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Tension
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Craft Compelling Characters

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Essential Requirements
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Outlines, Beginning and Middles

  • Opening and Middle Sections
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Closing a Chapter

  • Closing a Chapter
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 Common Plot Problems

  • Common Plot Problems
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Creating Horror

  • Creating Horror
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Writing Middle Grade Books

  • Writing Middle Grade Books
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Writing Mystery Stories

  • Writing Mystery Stories
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: The Seven-day Inspiration Plan

  • The Seven-Day Inspiration Plan
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Writing the Picture Book

  • Part 1: Writing the Picture Book
  • Part 2: Set Yourself Weekly or Monthly Goals
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12: Writing and Selling the Picture Book

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Lecturing the Reader
  • Part 3: Module Twelve Summary
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13: Building Your Author Platform

  • Building Your Author Platform

Module 14: Traditional Publishing vs Self-publishing

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Digital or Self-Publishing
  • Module 14 Assessment

Course 4 - Travel Writing Business

Module 1: Is Travel Writing for You?

  • Part 1: What Do We Mean by Travel Writing?
  • Part 2: Some Famous Travel Writers
  • Part 3: Do You Have What It Takes?
  • Part 4: Why this Course?
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Where to Begin?

  • Part 1: Step One – Your Travel Personality
  • Part 2: Step Two – Know Yourself
  • Part 3: Step Three – Know Your Market
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: The Nitty Gritty of Travel Writing

  • Part 1: How Do Travel Magazines Work?
  • Part 2: Some Pointers About Photography
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Your Travels

  • Part 1: Becoming A Professional Traveller
  • Part 2: What Will You Need?
  • Part 3: Have Your Time Accounted For
  • Part 4: Solo Versus Group Travel
  • Part 5: Some Useful Travel Mantras
  • Part 6: Funding Your Travels – The Pros and Cons
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Travel Writing Skills and Drills

  • Part 1: How to Stand Out
  • Part 2: Importance of Writing Skills
  • Part 3: Rule# 1: Show Don’t Tell
  • Part 4: Rule# 2: Know Your Transitions
  • Part 5: Rule# 3: Your Characters
  • Part 6: Rule# 4: What will set you apart?
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Sharing and Selling your Work

  • Part 1: Why Is It Important to Sell Your Work?
  • Part 2: The Travel Writing Market
  • Part 3: International Travel Magazines
  • Part 4: Know Your Editors
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Inspiration for Travel Writing

  • Part 1: Sample Pieces
  • Part 2: Colette Rossant: Apricots on the Nile
  • Part 3: Charlotte Hobson: Black Earth City
  • Part 4: Experiences of Travel Writers
  • Part 5: What a Travel Writer Should Be Doing
  • Part 6: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment

Course 5 - Novel Writing Online

Module 1: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Module 1 Task

Module 2: Ideas and Plot Development

  • Part 1: Ideas and Plot Development
  • Part 2: Ideas Book
  • Module 2 Tasks

Module 3: Genres

  • Genres
  • Module 3 Task

Module 4: Your First Chapter

  • Your First Chapter
  • Module 4 Tasks

Module 5: Descriptive Writing

  • Descriptive Writing
  • Module 5 Tasks

Module 6: The Narrative Voice

  • The Narrative Voice
  • Module 6 Tasks

Module 7: Viewpoint

  • Viewpoint: I – Writing in the Third Person
  • Module 7 Tasks

Module 8: Dialogue

  • Dialogue
  • Module 8 Tasks

Module 9: Characterisation

  • Characterisation
  • Module 9 Tasks

Module 10: Emotions

  • Part 1: Emotions
  • Part 2: Love
  • Module 10 Tasks

Module 11: Creating the Villain

  • Creating the Villain
  • Module 11 Tasks

Module 12: Outlines

  • Outlines

Module 13: Creating Obstacles

  • Creating Obstacles
  • Module 13 Tasks

Module 14: Generating the Hook

  • Generating the Hook
  • Module 14 Tasks

Module 15: Getting Published

  • Getting Published

Module 16 - Finding a Publisher

  • Finding a Publisher

Module 17 - Staying Motivated

  • Staying Motivated

Module 18 - Final Assessment

  • Module 18 Tasks
  • Final Assessment

Module 19 - Summary

  • Summary

Course 6 - Successful Self-Publishing

Module 1 – Basics of Self-Publishing

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Why self-publish?
  • Part 2: Advantages of self-publishing
  • Part 3: Why it might be a bad idea to self-publish
  • Part 4: Legal considerations
  • Part 5: Budget
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 – Completing the Text

  • Part 1: Title
  • Part 2: Editing
  • Part 3: Spelling and grammar
  • Part 4: Beta readers
  • Part 5: Preparing the text for layout
  • Part 6: Parts of a book
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 – Layout and Design: Interior

  • Part 1: Size and Pagination
  • Part 2: Interior layout
  • Part 3: Fonts
  • Part 4: Leading
  • Part 5: Ebook formatting
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 – Layout and design: Cover

  • Part 1: Layout and design: Cover
  • Part 2: Fonts
  • Part 3: Formatting
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 – Production

  • Part 1: Offset printing
  • Part 2: Using an imprintor self-publishing platform
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 – Distribution

  • Part 1: Getting your book into bookshops
  • Part 2: Distributors and wholesalers
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 – Sales and Marketing

  • Part 1: Category, book description and keywords

  • Part 2: Book trailers
  • Part 3: Reviews
  • Module 7 Assessment

Course 7 - Ghostwriting Business

Module 1: About Ghostwriting

  • Part 1: Types of Ghostwriting
  • Part 2: Co-Authoring
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Preparing to Ghostwrite

  • Part 1: Education &Background
  • Part 2: Write, Rewrite and Write Again
  • Part 3: Skills Ghostwriters Need
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Where Ghostwriters Work

  • Part 1: Where Ghostwriters Work
  • Part 2: Business Structures
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Starting as a Ghostwriter

  • Part 1: Freelancing via Job Boards
  • Part 2: Showcasing Your Writing
  • Part 3: Ghostwriter Agreements
  • Part 4: Sample Ghostwriter Agreement
  • Part 5: Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Working as a Ghostwriter

  • Part 1: Type of Writing
  • Part 2: Timelines, Deadlines & Milestones
  • Part 3: Difficult Clients
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Pre-Writing

  • Part 1: Research & Pre-Writing
  • Part 2: Interviews
  • Part 3: Plagiarism, Citing and Plagiarism Checkers
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Ghostwriting

  • Part 1: Why it’s Ghost Writing
  • Part 2: Style, Structure & Pizazz
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Copyright

  • Part 1: Copyright
  • Part 2: Registering Copyrights
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Proofreading, Revising & Editing

  • Part 1: Proofreading
  • Part 2: Revising
  • Part 3: Review your Headlines
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Final Manuscript

  • Part 1: Parts of a Book
  • Part 2: Publishing Choices
  • Module 10 Assessment

Course 8 - Poetry Writing

Module 1: What is Poetry?

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The History of Poetry
  • Part 2: Poetry of Different Genres for Different Audiences
  • Part 3: Conclusion
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: The Language of Poetry

  • Part 1: Meaning and Poetry
  • Part 2: Finding the Right Words
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Form and Structure

  • Part 1: What is “Form” in Poetry?
  • Part 2: The Relationship Between Form and Structure
  • Part 3: Form to Enhance Impact
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Figurative Language – Imagery

  • Part 1: What is Meant by Figurative Language?
  • Part 2: The Difference Between a Metaphor and a Simile
  • Part 3: Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Additional Language Devices

  • Part 1: Devises That Enhance Rhythm
  • Part 2: Devises That Enhance Mood
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Metre and Rhythm

  • Part 1: What is Metre and Rhythm in Poetry?
  • Part 2: How to Write Free Verse
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Rhyme

  • Part 1: Why Contemporary Poems Rarely Rhyme
  • Part 2: Different Types of Rhyme
  • Part 3: How to Deal with Rhymes in Modern Poetry
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Finding Your Poet’s Voice

  • Part 1: Defining Your Voice in Poetry
  • Part 2: How to Practice with “Voice”
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: How to Improve Your Writing

  • Part 1: Read Your Heroes and Then the Best of the Rest
  • Part 2: Experiment with Different Forms and Techniques
  • Part 3: In All That You Do, Think Like a Poet
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Getting Published

  • Part 1: Where to Publish Your Poetry
  • Part 2: Submitting Poems
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Publishing Your Poetry Book

  • Part 1: Getting Your Book Ready
  • Part 2: Traditional or Non-Traditional Route?
  • Part 3: Deciding on a Publisher
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Conclusion

Course 9 - Freelance Journalism

Module 1: Freelance Journalism Basics

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What Does it Mean to be a Freelance Journalist?
  • Part 2: Getting Used to Change

Module 2: What Makes a Good Journalist?

  • Part 1: Journalistic Writing
  • Part 2: Lawful and Ethical Responsibilities of a Journalist

Module 3: News Journalism

  • Part 1: What is News Journalism?
  • Part 2: Main Roles in News Journalism

Module 4: How to Write a Good News Story

  • Part 1: Research
  • Part 2: Know How to Conclude

Module 5: Feature Writing

  • Part 1: What is Feature Writing?
  • Part 2: Types of Features

Module 6: How to Write a Good Feature Story

  • Part 1: Main Feature Writing Skills
  • Part 2: How to Get Quotes

Module 7: Niche Journalism

  • Part 1: What is Niche Journalism?
  • Part 2: The Importance of Niche Journalism

Module 8: Sports, Travel, Fashion - Three Popular Niches in Journalism

  • Part 1: Sports Journalism
  • Part 2: Travel Journalism
  • Part 3: Fashion Journalism

Module 9: Making a Living as a Freelance Journalist

  • Part 1: Making Yourself More Marketable
  • Part 2: Payment: What to Charge
  • Conclusion

Course 10 - Speed Reading

Module 1: What is Speed reading?

  • Part 1: Speed Reading and Its Relevance
  • Part 2: Understanding Speed Reading by Looking at a Case Study
  • Part 3: Advantages of Speed Reading
  • Part 4: Application of Speed Reading
  • Part 5: Trade-offs in Speed Reading
  • Part 6: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Becoming A Speed Reader

  • Part 1: Who Can Become a Speed Reader?
  • Part 2: Factors That Determine the Learning Time
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: How to Begin?

  • Part 1: The Steps for Teaching Speed Reading
  • Part 2: Identify Your Goals
  • Part 3: Diversity of Approaches to Reading
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Step One: Prepare

  • Part 1: Organising The Reading Material
  • Part 2: Tools for Speed Reading
  • Part 3: The Correct Mindset
  • Part 4: Removing Distractions
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Step Two: Preview

  • Part 1: How to Preview
  • Part 2: Two Practice Examples
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Step Three: Read

  • Part 1: The First Read
  • Part 2: Timing the Process
  • Part 3: Repeat Until the Goal is Reached
  • Part 4: Identifying the Nature of the Text
  • Part 5: Keep Focus While Reading
  • Part 6: Annotations
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Step Four: Skimming

  • Part 1: Skim Annotations
  • Part 2: Practice Example
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Drills

  • Part 1: Five Practice Passages
  • Part 2: Exercise 2. Surrealism as a Cultural Movement:
  • Part 3: Exercise 3. History of the Printing Press:
  • Part 4: Exercise 4. Software Development Methods:
  • Part 5: Exercise 5. Existentialist Philosophers:
  • Part 6: Comprehension Questions:
  • Part 7: Summary

Module 9: Course Overview

  • Part 1: What we have learnt about Speed Reading?

  • Part 2: Expert Advice
  • Part 3: Next Steps
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 9 Assessment
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  • Ghostwriting
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  7. Ghostwriting Business
  8. Poetry Writing
  9. Freelance Journalism
  10. Speed Reading
1. Freelance Writer Business: Build Your Own Business As A Freelance Writer

What is journalism? Can I really make a career out of writing? Is working from home for me? What do I need to get started? I have this great idea, but what should I do next? All of these questions and more are answered throughout the Freelance Writer Business Course.

This course teaches the many facets of blogging, novel writing, proofreading and copywriting along with many other writing methods; offering many tools and resources that seasoned writers wish they had when they first began writing as a career. Each section details the definitions used, the elements of each aspect of writing, examples, exercises and assignments that will jog the freelancer’s creative processes.

The motivation behind the Freelance Writer Business Course is to ensure that novice and seasoned writers know what it takes to build their own business as a writer – right from the comfort of their own homes. By taking a hands-on, home study course, aspiring business owners are able to study and learn at their own pace.


2. Creative Writing: Test Your Imagination and Stretch Your Writing Skills

Creative writing covers a wide variety of forms; simply, its purpose is to enable you to express, emotions, thoughts and feelings using the written word. If you would like to improve your writing skills, to try out new techniques in a variety of writing styles and to be able to create compelling works of fiction, then this course will enable you to do just that.

There are so many opportunities for writers in this digital age and the world of publishing has evolved greatly over the last few years. Publishing is now accessible to all who have a good grasp of the English language and because the world is now a predominantly much smaller place through the rise of the digital era, it is possible to become published in many English speaking countries.

This course however does not just concentrate on publishing but on the skills required that will elevate your writing abilities to the dizzy heights of professionalism. There is pleasure in the written word, creating imaginary plots and forming descriptive scenes filled with vibrancy and colour will satisfy the need to create. The knowledge of how to craft a captivating short story and to possess the ability to craft larger than life characters will stimulate those creative juices.

If you choose the road towards publication, understand that it can be a long but enjoyable route towards success, while you absorb the craft and incorporate it into your own writing studies. Think of this learning curve as an apprenticeship as you polish and hone the skills that will provide an outlet for your creative thoughts and that could provide you with the skills to become a published writer.

While the emphasis is on enjoyment, the projects within will test your imagination and stretch your writing skills, so that you learn steadily and consistently throughout.


3. Writing Books for Children: Learn Writing A Series Of Best Selling Children'S Books

If you ever fancied becoming the next J.K Rowling and writing a series of Best Selling Children's Books or you just quite fancy learning about the processes and techniques involved in writing for children - then this course is for you!

This comprehensive course takes you from a complete beginner in writing and covers the many aspects of publishing, focusing on those all-important writing techniques, right through to how to get an agent and build your author’s platform.

The course provides you with all of the information required to be able to write books which are suitable for your chosen age range, and offers you helpful tips and in-depth information to help your journey towards publication be smooth and productive.


4. Travel Writing Business: Learn The Different Aspects Travel Writing

The course starts you off with the basics and progresses you to the point at which you are capable of creating work of your own in this genre. You will be introduced to travel writing, guided you through the different aspects involved, and all the questions you have will be answered along the way.

Following an introduction to the course, and what to expect from it, the Travel Writing Business Course begins by explaining what travel writing really is (such as books, guides, brochures and more) and providing examples of some famous writers. This module then moves onto explain the necessary skills needed to succeed and how this course will help you to get there.

To increase your self-awareness and know your travel personality, which in turn will help your writing, the second module provides a short quiz. Here you will also be exposed to the different specialisms of travel writing, so you can understand which market you are planning to cater for, and the importance of knowing this. Module 3 of the Travel Writing Business Course discusses how travel magazines function and operate and then moves on to the importance of researching the area you intend to travel to and write about, including any special features of your destination. It is likely that you will take photographs as a visual aid to your travel literature, so the basic knowhow of photography is covered here also.

To get the most from your trips, becoming an expert traveller is important to this career choice. Module 4 talks you through everything that you need in order to travel to different places: financial resources, bookings at motels and hotels, food, clothing, any special equipment and more. Also included here is the way in which you travel, such as how to create a detailed itinerary and the pros and cons of both group and solo travel. Without funding, you aren’t going anywhere, so this module also discusses the various ways in which you can acquire funding, if your personal resources will not cover the expense.

The fifth module is all about writing. Along with discussing the importance of strong writing skills, students are informed of several drills and skills pertaining to travel writing. Also here students learn about several basic rules of writing travel literature, such as ‘show but don’t tell’, knowing one’s transitions, knowing the characters, and having something to set them apart from the rest.

Once you have finished your travels and written some interesting and insightful work, module 6 of the Travel Writing Business Course will guide you in how to share and sell your work. It also advises you on how to get to know the editors whom you’re going to be working with to publish the travel literature.

The final module of the course aims to leave you with some inspiration for your own work, in the form of samples of important travel literature, which are discussed and dissected, to understand just what makes them stand out. Also discussed here is how and why the experiences of travel writers are usually very different from the experiences of an average individual.


5. Novel Writing Online: Embark On A Creative Journey With Novel Writing

There is no doubt that writing a novel requires many skills that test resolve but the good news is that even the complete beginner can rise to the challenge and create a compelling novel if adhering to the basic rules, writing while absorbing the many skills required to bring the novel to life.

Writing a novel, irrespective of the genre, requires the writer to put a little bit of themselves into each and every page. This means, utilising many of the experiences that you yourself have endured, including both the good and the bad times to make up part of the fabric of your storyline, creating a tangible and gripping read. This powerful and thought provoking course will teach you everything that you need to know about one of the most wonderful creative experiences possible, writing a novel. Embarking upon a project such as this, will test your imagination, your writing skills, and test your ability to create imaginary environments that epitomise real-life. You will be aiming to captivate the reader, while creating imaginary threads that weave in and out of any storyline.

It’s not a challenge for the fainthearted. It takes time, patience and a great deal of editing to bring a novel to fruition, however, it is one of the most uniquely satisfying feelings, when you type the last word and know that you have achieved something quite amazing. It provides a written reminder of this moment in time, a poignant chance to review as you bought your creative senses to the fore, and the memories and the evidence of this time is something that will stay with you forever.

You may have dreams of writing a bestselling novel and although you are entering a tough market place, filled with competition from other writers all with varying levels of experience, sometimes it just takes a solid story-line, a unique approach and a whole lot of enthusiasm to the written word, and it can happen.

Writing a novel requires a complex set of skills. Having an unlimited imagination that is both expansive and thorough will stand you in good stead. Having an enquiring mind that will let you delve deep into a variety of plots and scenarios will also benefit you. Good research skills, an ability to visualise, especially when creating characters that are lively and realistic, plus a dogged determination to continue writing right through to the very last word is a must. When the characters start to take life and make their own way through the storyline, all you need to do is to dig deep, envisage to the best of your ability, creating an insightful back story that provides a solid foundation for the overall plot.

You may be one of the many people who have had an idea gnawing away at you for a long time. Over the years, the idea may have grown substantially and changed shape and format. Your mind may have already searched extensively for variables that could increase interest and make the read much more exciting. If so, having the basis of the solid plot to hand at this point will put you one step ahead, simply because idea generation is an essential component especially if you are considering a complex but realistic plot centred on the intricate intricacies of real life. Your idea must stand the test of thousands of words and it’s worth considering whether your idea will last to make a sustainable read or if the idea will fizzle out half-way through.


6. Successful Self-Publishing: Learn The Basics Of Self-Publishing

You’ve got a great idea for a book and you’ve started putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) or you may have already finished it! How will you get it out into the world? You could hire a traditional publisher but you’ll lose creative control and royalties can be 7-25% per book sold (with 25% being on the incredibly generous end) or you can self-publish, keep total creative control and earn up to 70% of the royalties of each book. Tempted? Take this course and you’ll learn the skills needed in self-publishing your book – cover design and layout, proofing, publishing, distributing, and marketing.

The Successful Self-Publishing Diploma Course begins by guiding you through the basics of self-publishing. You’ll quickly get answers to the big questions, such as why you should self- publish and the benefits of doing so and, conversely, reasons self-publishing may not be for you. There are legal obligations you need to fulfil and to self-publish requires money, the course will talk you through what to expect in both these areas.

With your book written and your working title in place. This course will show you the process of finessing the details, large and small, to get your text ready for publication. You’ll learn the dos and don’ts of titling your book and what to include in your cover text, how to self-edit or hire and work with an editor, how to prepare your text for the layout process, and what the established conventions that you should use in book anatomy, are. Formatting should be invisible, unnoticed by the reader, but done poorly and inconsistently and the smallest of errors will pull your readers from the story, ruining the content of your work. You’ll learn how to use layout to enable your content to flow – with proper use of book sizing, page layout, fonts, spacing and alignment of text. Formatting for eBooks is also covered.

We are taught the metaphor ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but when it comes to books – we do. When confronted by a wall or screen of book covers and all you have to go off, as a customer, is a title and a cover, you will find yourself quickly judging covers and titles – giving just seconds to each. From this course, you will learn the do’s and don’ts of book cover design, from colour theory, graphics and images to fonts, copy placement, formatting and reproduction, to ensure yours is the cover that stands out and the book that gets bought. Even if you intend to commission a designer to do the work for you this essential knowledge will give you everything you need to understand what is needed and to get the cover you want.

With your files ready and book complete you need to understand the process of printing the finished work. The Successful Self-Publishing Diploma Course walks you through production, including the different printing methods available and how to convert your book into an eBook. It also stresses the importance of proofreading, how to proofread, and the common conventions used by proofreaders, should you choose to hire one.

Where many self-publishers fail is through not fully understanding distribution, because it doesn’t matter how good your book is, if no one can buy it you’re not going to make any money and it’ll be back to the 9-5. This course provides the knowledge you need to successfully get your book into bookshops, work with distributors and wholesalers, and price your book effectively for both printed and eBook versions.

You’ve published a book – don’t forget to tell people about it! Though before you publish, you need to have a marketing plan in place that will fit the content of your book. You’ll learn how to make sure your book is accurately represented in online bookstores and how to use tools such as social media, YouTube trailers, paid-for advertising, and mailing lists to promote and sell your book. You’ll also discover how to carry your marketing efforts on after publishing and through to your second book.


7. Ghostwriting Business: Understanding Ghostwriting And It's Different Types

From this course, you will gain a greater understanding of what ghostwriting is and, just as importantly, what it is not, along with finding out about the different types of ghostwriting.

To be a good ghostwriter you don’t necessarily need to have a related degree. The Ghostwriting Business Course explores education options and provides tips and suggestions on how you can start and improve your writing. It also highlights essential skills required to be successful in this field.

There are more job opportunities for ghostwriters than you may think. This course outlines these options – covering everything from in-house and agency work, to freelancing. Should you wish to strike out on your own, the course also provides information on different business structures. Getting your first few clients as a ghostwriter is probably the hardest part of the job. However, with the tips and tricks provided in this course, it is entirely possible – even easy. You’ll learn about using online job boards to find work, how having a niche or specialism can help you, and how to showcase your writing and gain referrals. Also covered are Ghostwriter Agreements and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

The range of writing you can undertake as a ghostwriter is vast. This course will guide you through the various types, along with how to break projects down and set timelines. You will also find out everything you need to know about billing a client, tips and suggestions on how to work virtually, and how to deal with difficult clients. The Ghostwriting Business Course covers how to research effectively. You’ll learn how to conduct interviews for primary information, find reliable sources, verify information and evaluate an online source’s credibility. You will also gain a better understanding of plagiarism.

As a ghostwriter, you will need to adapt your voice to your client’s needs. Through studying this course you will discover how to understand, research and target your audience, adapting your writing to fit their expectations.

To protect yourself and sell your work, it’s important that you understand copyright protection. The Ghostwriting Business Course covers how this functions in the global workplace. You’ll learn how to protect your writing, register it, and reserve or release your copyrights. You will also learn about public domain and CC0 materials. To ensure professionalism, your work must be clear, correct, and compelling. This course teaches you how to review your project – focusing on finding spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors, and checking for typos and word usage errors. You’ll also learn about subediting or copyediting and how to revise your material to increase its impact.

As a ghostwriter, you may find yourself working on a book or manuscript. From the Ghostwriting Business Course, you will learn about the various parts of a book and the sequence they should appear in, and how to finalise your work. You’ll also discover what your options are when publishing to ebook formats.


8. Poetry Writing: Learn How Words are Used, How the Language of Poems Works, and How it Affects the Reader

Although it is an expression of one’s self, like any art form, being able to write good poetry is not something that anyone is born with the capability to do, it is learnt. The Poetry Writing Course walks you through the components that make stunning poetry and the techniques that you can put into practice, to begin or improve your own work. Before putting pen to paper and crafting your own works, it’s best to get a grounding in the significance of poetry past and present. You will explore the history of poetry, what poetry has meant to different poets through time, how it has been used, and what to consider if you are interested in writing children’s poetry or spoken word poetry. From here you will be introduced to the language of poetry. You will look at how words are used, how the language of poems works, and how it affects the reader. Through studying the Poetry Writing Course, you will see the various techniques and devices used in the creation of a poem.

Form and structure provide the framework of any good poem. The course goes into detail about form – discussing what it is, the various types of form, and its relationship to structure, along with reviewing examples of form and structural techniques. The Poetry Writing Course explains how, using the right words, a good poem can affect the senses and create exquisite images in the mind. Through understanding and employing the art of imagery, you can affect the mood and movement of a poem. You’ll learn how you can use stylistic language to affect rhythm and mood, and examine how to use repetition, consonance, assonance and alliteration, along with imagery, to pull a poem together and create clarity by creating feeling.

Rhythm and metre are used in poetry to affect sound and meaning, but the two are often confused. You’ll learn about the differences between them and the different ways they can be used. You’ll also look at deviations to traditional metre and rhythm. Often when people think of poetry, they think of rhymes. However, a poem does not need to rhyme to be a poem. In fact, in certain styles and genres, it has fallen out of favour. The Poetry Writing Course explores the rise and fall of rhyme, what the main types of rhyming are, and how practising using rhymes can make you a better poet.

With the tools and techniques of poetry writing explained, the Poetry Writing Course explains the components of creating “your voice” – word choice, imagery, line length, rhythm and tone – and how you can use these to create yours. You will also be provided with suggestions and tools that will help you hone your craft on a daily basis, such as by reading the works of respected poets, writing regularly and experimenting with style and structure.

In addition to helping you on your way to creating great poetry, the course will also instil in you the confidence and knowledge to publically share those poems. You’ll explore the various places and ways to submit your work and finally see your poems in print. You’ll learn how to take the next step – getting your work ready for book publication. Furthermore, the course examines the pros and cons of travelling the traditional route of publishing or deciding to self-publish, so that you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

9. Freelance Journalism: Become a proficient Freelance Journalist in any field

Being a freelance journalist takes more than just the ability to write well. This course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to make it in this exciting industry. You’ll learn what it takes to be a good journalist, what is expected of you as a representative of the profession, how to write depending on the kind of journalist you want to be, pitch stories and kick-start your career.

Recognition & Administration

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Ultimate Freelance Writer Business Bundle, 10 Courses includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Freelance Writer Business

Module 1 – Purpose

  • Part 1: Purpose
  • Part 2: Course Description and Overview
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 - Starting Out

  • Part 1: Starting Out
  • Part 2: Grammar
  • Part 3: Different Writing Genres
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 - Journalism

  • Journalism
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 - Blog Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Blogging
  • Part 2: Elements of a Blog Post
  • Part 3: Writing the Content
  • Part 4: Blog Post Types
  • Part 5: Social Media In Reference To Blogging
  • Part 6: Blogging for Employers
  • Part 7: WordPress as a Blogging Tool
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 - Fiction Writing and Nonfiction Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Novel Writing
  • Part 2: Novel Writing as a Business Model
  • Part 3: Genres of Fiction Novels
  • Part 4: Evoking an Emotional Response
  • Part 5: Introduction to Nonfiction Writing
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 - Ghostwriting

  • Ghostwriting
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 - Article Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Article Writing
  • Part 2: Magazine Article Types
  • Part 3: Profile
  • Part 4: Expose
  • Part 5: Commissioned Articles
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 - Creative Writing and Freelance Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Part 2: Introduction to Freelance Writing
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 - Business Writing and Academic Writing

  • Part 1: Introduction to Business Writing
  • Part 2: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 - Copywriting and Proofreading

  • Part 1: Introduction to Copywriting
  • Part 2: Introduction to Proofreading
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11 - Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing

  • Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12 - Writing Tools

  • Writing Tools
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13 - Where to Find Writing Work

  • Part 1: Overview
  • Part 2: People Per Hour
  • Part 3: Freelance Writing Gigs
  • Part 4: General Information
  • Module 13 Assessment

Course 2 - Creative Writing

Module 1 - The Creative Process

  • Part 1: What is it? 
  • Part 2: Controlling Projects 
  • Part 3: Creating an Outline 
  • Part 4: Time to Write 
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 - Writing Fiction

  • Part 1: Show, Don’t Tell
  • Part 2: Character Profile
  • Part 3: Characteristics
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 - Point of View

  • Point of View
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Module 4 - Character Motivation
  • Character Motivation
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 - Write What You Know

  • Write What You Know
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 - Characters, Names and Imaginations

  • Part 1: Understanding the Character Connection 
  • Part 2: Names 

Module 7 - Beginning, Middle and Ending

  • Part 1: Beginnings 
  • Part 2: Middles 
  • Part 3: Endings 
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8 - Dialogue and Descriptive Writing

  • Part 1: Dialogue 
  • Part 2: Descriptive Writing 
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9 - Beating Writer’s Block

  • Part 1: Beating Writer’s Block
  • Part 2: Opening Sentences 
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10 – Tips and Creative Tasks

  • Creative writing tips 
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11 – Writing Poetry

  • Part 1: What is Poetry? 
  • Part 2: Starting Out 
  • Part 3: Poetry Terms 
  • Part 4: Light, Shade and Imagination 

Module 12 – Poetry Prompts

  • Poetry Prompts
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13 - Writing the Life Story

  • Part 1: Writing the Life Story
  • Part 2: Flashbacks 
  • Module 13 Assessment

Module 14 - Going Public

  • Part 1: Going Public
  • Part 2: Agents and Self-publishing

Course 3 - Writing Books for Children

Module 1: Getting Started

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Genres
  • Part 3: Research
  • Part 4: Writing and Marketing
  • Part 5: Developing the Writer Within
  • Part 6: Six Myths to Side Step Neatly
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Secrets to Great Storytelling

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Tension
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Craft Compelling Characters

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Essential Requirements
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Outlines, Beginning and Middles

  • Opening and Middle Sections
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Closing a Chapter

  • Closing a Chapter
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 Common Plot Problems

  • Common Plot Problems
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Creating Horror

  • Creating Horror
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Writing Middle Grade Books

  • Writing Middle Grade Books
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Writing Mystery Stories

  • Writing Mystery Stories
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: The Seven-day Inspiration Plan

  • The Seven-Day Inspiration Plan
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Writing the Picture Book

  • Part 1: Writing the Picture Book
  • Part 2: Set Yourself Weekly or Monthly Goals
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12: Writing and Selling the Picture Book

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Lecturing the Reader
  • Part 3: Module Twelve Summary
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13: Building Your Author Platform

  • Building Your Author Platform

Module 14: Traditional Publishing vs Self-publishing

  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Digital or Self-Publishing
  • Module 14 Assessment

Course 4 - Travel Writing Business

Module 1: Is Travel Writing for You?

  • Part 1: What Do We Mean by Travel Writing?
  • Part 2: Some Famous Travel Writers
  • Part 3: Do You Have What It Takes?
  • Part 4: Why this Course?
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Where to Begin?

  • Part 1: Step One – Your Travel Personality
  • Part 2: Step Two – Know Yourself
  • Part 3: Step Three – Know Your Market
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: The Nitty Gritty of Travel Writing

  • Part 1: How Do Travel Magazines Work?
  • Part 2: Some Pointers About Photography
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Your Travels

  • Part 1: Becoming A Professional Traveller
  • Part 2: What Will You Need?
  • Part 3: Have Your Time Accounted For
  • Part 4: Solo Versus Group Travel
  • Part 5: Some Useful Travel Mantras
  • Part 6: Funding Your Travels – The Pros and Cons
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Travel Writing Skills and Drills

  • Part 1: How to Stand Out
  • Part 2: Importance of Writing Skills
  • Part 3: Rule# 1: Show Don’t Tell
  • Part 4: Rule# 2: Know Your Transitions
  • Part 5: Rule# 3: Your Characters
  • Part 6: Rule# 4: What will set you apart?
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Sharing and Selling your Work

  • Part 1: Why Is It Important to Sell Your Work?
  • Part 2: The Travel Writing Market
  • Part 3: International Travel Magazines
  • Part 4: Know Your Editors
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Inspiration for Travel Writing

  • Part 1: Sample Pieces
  • Part 2: Colette Rossant: Apricots on the Nile
  • Part 3: Charlotte Hobson: Black Earth City
  • Part 4: Experiences of Travel Writers
  • Part 5: What a Travel Writer Should Be Doing
  • Part 6: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment

Course 5 - Novel Writing Online

Module 1: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Module 1 Task

Module 2: Ideas and Plot Development

  • Part 1: Ideas and Plot Development
  • Part 2: Ideas Book
  • Module 2 Tasks

Module 3: Genres

  • Genres
  • Module 3 Task

Module 4: Your First Chapter

  • Your First Chapter
  • Module 4 Tasks

Module 5: Descriptive Writing

  • Descriptive Writing
  • Module 5 Tasks

Module 6: The Narrative Voice

  • The Narrative Voice
  • Module 6 Tasks

Module 7: Viewpoint

  • Viewpoint: I – Writing in the Third Person
  • Module 7 Tasks

Module 8: Dialogue

  • Dialogue
  • Module 8 Tasks

Module 9: Characterisation

  • Characterisation
  • Module 9 Tasks

Module 10: Emotions

  • Part 1: Emotions
  • Part 2: Love
  • Module 10 Tasks

Module 11: Creating the Villain

  • Creating the Villain
  • Module 11 Tasks

Module 12: Outlines

  • Outlines

Module 13: Creating Obstacles

  • Creating Obstacles
  • Module 13 Tasks

Module 14: Generating the Hook

  • Generating the Hook
  • Module 14 Tasks

Module 15: Getting Published

  • Getting Published

Module 16 - Finding a Publisher

  • Finding a Publisher

Module 17 - Staying Motivated

  • Staying Motivated

Module 18 - Final Assessment

  • Module 18 Tasks
  • Final Assessment

Module 19 - Summary

  • Summary

Course 6 - Successful Self-Publishing

Module 1 – Basics of Self-Publishing

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Why self-publish?
  • Part 2: Advantages of self-publishing
  • Part 3: Why it might be a bad idea to self-publish
  • Part 4: Legal considerations
  • Part 5: Budget
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2 – Completing the Text

  • Part 1: Title
  • Part 2: Editing
  • Part 3: Spelling and grammar
  • Part 4: Beta readers
  • Part 5: Preparing the text for layout
  • Part 6: Parts of a book
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3 – Layout and Design: Interior

  • Part 1: Size and Pagination
  • Part 2: Interior layout
  • Part 3: Fonts
  • Part 4: Leading
  • Part 5: Ebook formatting
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4 – Layout and design: Cover

  • Part 1: Layout and design: Cover
  • Part 2: Fonts
  • Part 3: Formatting
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5 – Production

  • Part 1: Offset printing
  • Part 2: Using an imprintor self-publishing platform
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6 – Distribution

  • Part 1: Getting your book into bookshops
  • Part 2: Distributors and wholesalers
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7 – Sales and Marketing

  • Part 1: Category, book description and keywords

  • Part 2: Book trailers
  • Part 3: Reviews
  • Module 7 Assessment

Course 7 - Ghostwriting Business

Module 1: About Ghostwriting

  • Part 1: Types of Ghostwriting
  • Part 2: Co-Authoring
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Preparing to Ghostwrite

  • Part 1: Education &Background
  • Part 2: Write, Rewrite and Write Again
  • Part 3: Skills Ghostwriters Need
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Where Ghostwriters Work

  • Part 1: Where Ghostwriters Work
  • Part 2: Business Structures
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Starting as a Ghostwriter

  • Part 1: Freelancing via Job Boards
  • Part 2: Showcasing Your Writing
  • Part 3: Ghostwriter Agreements
  • Part 4: Sample Ghostwriter Agreement
  • Part 5: Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Working as a Ghostwriter

  • Part 1: Type of Writing
  • Part 2: Timelines, Deadlines & Milestones
  • Part 3: Difficult Clients
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Pre-Writing

  • Part 1: Research & Pre-Writing
  • Part 2: Interviews
  • Part 3: Plagiarism, Citing and Plagiarism Checkers
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Ghostwriting

  • Part 1: Why it’s Ghost Writing
  • Part 2: Style, Structure & Pizazz
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Copyright

  • Part 1: Copyright
  • Part 2: Registering Copyrights
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Proofreading, Revising & Editing

  • Part 1: Proofreading
  • Part 2: Revising
  • Part 3: Review your Headlines
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Final Manuscript

  • Part 1: Parts of a Book
  • Part 2: Publishing Choices
  • Module 10 Assessment

Course 8 - Poetry Writing

Module 1: What is Poetry?

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The History of Poetry
  • Part 2: Poetry of Different Genres for Different Audiences
  • Part 3: Conclusion
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: The Language of Poetry

  • Part 1: Meaning and Poetry
  • Part 2: Finding the Right Words
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Form and Structure

  • Part 1: What is “Form” in Poetry?
  • Part 2: The Relationship Between Form and Structure
  • Part 3: Form to Enhance Impact
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Figurative Language – Imagery

  • Part 1: What is Meant by Figurative Language?
  • Part 2: The Difference Between a Metaphor and a Simile
  • Part 3: Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Additional Language Devices

  • Part 1: Devises That Enhance Rhythm
  • Part 2: Devises That Enhance Mood
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Metre and Rhythm

  • Part 1: What is Metre and Rhythm in Poetry?
  • Part 2: How to Write Free Verse
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Rhyme

  • Part 1: Why Contemporary Poems Rarely Rhyme
  • Part 2: Different Types of Rhyme
  • Part 3: How to Deal with Rhymes in Modern Poetry
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Finding Your Poet’s Voice

  • Part 1: Defining Your Voice in Poetry
  • Part 2: How to Practice with “Voice”
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: How to Improve Your Writing

  • Part 1: Read Your Heroes and Then the Best of the Rest
  • Part 2: Experiment with Different Forms and Techniques
  • Part 3: In All That You Do, Think Like a Poet
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Getting Published

  • Part 1: Where to Publish Your Poetry
  • Part 2: Submitting Poems
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Publishing Your Poetry Book

  • Part 1: Getting Your Book Ready
  • Part 2: Traditional or Non-Traditional Route?
  • Part 3: Deciding on a Publisher
  • Module 11 Assessment
  • Conclusion

Course 9 - Freelance Journalism

Module 1: Freelance Journalism Basics

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What Does it Mean to be a Freelance Journalist?
  • Part 2: Getting Used to Change

Module 2: What Makes a Good Journalist?

  • Part 1: Journalistic Writing
  • Part 2: Lawful and Ethical Responsibilities of a Journalist

Module 3: News Journalism

  • Part 1: What is News Journalism?
  • Part 2: Main Roles in News Journalism

Module 4: How to Write a Good News Story

  • Part 1: Research
  • Part 2: Know How to Conclude

Module 5: Feature Writing

  • Part 1: What is Feature Writing?
  • Part 2: Types of Features

Module 6: How to Write a Good Feature Story

  • Part 1: Main Feature Writing Skills
  • Part 2: How to Get Quotes

Module 7: Niche Journalism

  • Part 1: What is Niche Journalism?
  • Part 2: The Importance of Niche Journalism

Module 8: Sports, Travel, Fashion - Three Popular Niches in Journalism

  • Part 1: Sports Journalism
  • Part 2: Travel Journalism
  • Part 3: Fashion Journalism

Module 9: Making a Living as a Freelance Journalist

  • Part 1: Making Yourself More Marketable
  • Part 2: Payment: What to Charge
  • Conclusion

Course 10 - Speed Reading

Module 1: What is Speed reading?

  • Part 1: Speed Reading and Its Relevance
  • Part 2: Understanding Speed Reading by Looking at a Case Study
  • Part 3: Advantages of Speed Reading
  • Part 4: Application of Speed Reading
  • Part 5: Trade-offs in Speed Reading
  • Part 6: Summary
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Becoming A Speed Reader

  • Part 1: Who Can Become a Speed Reader?
  • Part 2: Factors That Determine the Learning Time
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: How to Begin?

  • Part 1: The Steps for Teaching Speed Reading
  • Part 2: Identify Your Goals
  • Part 3: Diversity of Approaches to Reading
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Step One: Prepare

  • Part 1: Organising The Reading Material
  • Part 2: Tools for Speed Reading
  • Part 3: The Correct Mindset
  • Part 4: Removing Distractions
  • Part 5: Summary
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Step Two: Preview

  • Part 1: How to Preview
  • Part 2: Two Practice Examples
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Step Three: Read

  • Part 1: The First Read
  • Part 2: Timing the Process
  • Part 3: Repeat Until the Goal is Reached
  • Part 4: Identifying the Nature of the Text
  • Part 5: Keep Focus While Reading
  • Part 6: Annotations
  • Part 7: Summary
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Step Four: Skimming

  • Part 1: Skim Annotations
  • Part 2: Practice Example
  • Part 3: Summary
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Drills

  • Part 1: Five Practice Passages
  • Part 2: Exercise 2. Surrealism as a Cultural Movement:
  • Part 3: Exercise 3. History of the Printing Press:
  • Part 4: Exercise 4. Software Development Methods:
  • Part 5: Exercise 5. Existentialist Philosophers:
  • Part 6: Comprehension Questions:
  • Part 7: Summary

Module 9: Course Overview

  • Part 1: What we have learnt about Speed Reading?

  • Part 2: Expert Advice
  • Part 3: Next Steps
  • Part 4: Summary
  • Module 9 Assessment
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are studied online at your own pace and you are free to study as many
or as few courses as you wish, we also offer online course bundles that
allow you to save on additional courses so that you may get all the
topics related to your training goals in one go.

23.  What are the Payment Methods available? Is there a payment plan?

We accept payments via PayPal, Credit Card and Bank Transfer.

Payment Plans: We have partnered with Partial.ly, to offer our own in house payment plan. Everyone is Pre-Approved, providing the initial deposit is paid in full.

To pay via bank transfer contact us info@coursesforsuccess.com

24.  Can I purchase for multiple people?

Yes, you can do this by purchasing individually via website or send us a request via email at info@coursesforsuccess.com

25.  Can I request for an invoice before purchase?

Yes, you can request for an invoice via email at info@coursesforsuccess.com

26.  Purchase for a gift?

Yes, you can purchase this course as a gift, simply send an email to info@coursesforsuccess.com, with the course details and we can accommodate this.

27.  Can I create my own course bundle?

Yes,
you can customize your own bundle. Please send us the complete list
with the exact course link of the courses you'd like to bundle up via
email info@coursesforsuccess.com and we will create them for you. *Each course access, time of completion and certification varies depending on the course type.

28.  How will I contact Courses For Success if I have any questions?

You can contact our support team, at any time through live chat on our website, or email at info@coursesforsuccess.com, or by calling one of our phone numbers depending on which country you are in.  

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