How to Become a Freelance Writer

Stream until Thu 1st Dec
20 mins
Careers guidance
Careers guidance
Rosie DriffillHost: Rosie is a freelance writer, language teacher and psychotherapist based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. She has over 6 years’ experience of teaching English and Italian, and has written features on language, mental health and sustainable travel for the Guardian, Wanderlust, Dalesman and Therapy Today. Her memoir Suddenly, While Living - a book that focuses on health and recovery - will be published by Valley Press in January. You can find out more about Rosie at

Join this class for everything you need to know about being a freelance writer, including what it’s like to work for yourself, and how to get yourself in magazines and newspapers (clue: you don’t necessarily need a qualification in journalism).

Rosie draws on her own experience as a freelance writer to talk you through how to use work experience to your advantage, what it’s really like to work for yourself, and how you can make a career out of writing features for magazines, newspapers and online platforms, regardless of what you study at university.

Related Classes:  If you need a hand developing your creative writing why not take a look at our Life Skills class 'Building a Creative Writing Habit' and when you're ready with that first book, have a look at our Career Guidance class on 'Getting a Book Published'.

We also have loads of Curriculum Support classes on descriptive writing and a wider English collection of classes.

Safeguarding reminder: We know that the safety of your child is of the utmost importance. This is why we use Zoom's Webinar feature to provide our live classes, where by default, your child's webcam and microphone are disabled. 

Key takeaways:
  • Freelance writing and journalism: what’s the difference
  • Starting early: making sure you get as much work experience as possible.
  • Pitching your ideas, adapting your style and managing your time.
Suitable for:

This class is suitable for all ages, but it will be particularly useful for school leavers who are considering a career in writing after university.

Class requirements:

Students will require a laptop with internet connection to view the class. A pen and notepad will also be required during the lesson.

What to expect:
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