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Writing Articles Course

Writing Articles

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Writing Articles to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Magazines and newspapers everywhere have an urgent need for articles, features and short paragraphs to fill their pages. Almost every editor buys from freelancers and they’ll pay very well for the right work. This course, prepared for us by a successful freelance writer, will teach you how to structure and write saleable articles. It will also show you how to present your work properly, and even provide contact details of newspapers and publications who will pay for freelance contributions. By the end of this course you will be able to sell captivating articles and be ready to experience the thrill of seeing your work in print.


  • Lesson One
    • The Basics of Good Article Writing
      • Who Will Buy your Articles?
      • What Subjects Should you Write on?
      • Subjects to Avoid
      • Ideas and inspiration
      • The Importance of Research
  • Lesson Two
    • How to Write a Saleable Article
      • What Makes a Saleable Article?
      • Structure and Planning
      • Style and Tone
      • Headlines
      • Introductions
      • Editing
  • Lesson Three
    • How to Write for Newspapers
      • Key Essentials
      • Types of Newspaper
      • Get to Know the Editorial Staff
      • Popular Interests
  • Lesson Four
    • How to Write for Magazines
      • Opportunities
      • Types of Magazine
      • Planning and Research
      • Copy Dates
      • Illustrations
  • Lesson Five
    • Marketing and Selling your Work
      • Researching the Market
      • Making Valuable Business Contacts
      • Solicited, Unsolicited and Commissioned Writing
      • Choosing the Right Market
      • Making a Proposal
  • Lesson Six
    • How to Approach the Market
      • Making Friends with the Editor
      • How to Present your Work Professionally
      • Submitting your Work
      • How to Make a Rejected Article Saleable
  • Lesson Seven
    • Matters for Consideration
      • Payment
      • Contracts
      • Copyright
      • Syndication
      • Illustration and Photography
      • Radio and TV Appearances
      • Worldwide Sales
      • Building a Writing Business
      • Writers’ Organisations
  • Lesson Eight
    • Contact File: Magazines and Newspapers
      • Introduction
      • National Weekday Newspapers
      • National Sunday Newspapers
      • Scottish Daily and Sunday Newspapers
      • Magazines

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 8 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £270 £250 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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