Advanced Freelance Journalism Course

Price: NZ$ 1595 / £ 830 / R 8995


Advanced Freelance Journalism Course

Build your writing portfolio with three well-crafted, saleable feature articles

Launch yourself into a freelance writing career

The Advanced Freelance Journalism Course is for graduates of our Freelance Journalism Course or published journalists who wish to polish their writing skills and build their article portfolio.

Work closely with a team of award-winning, professional journalists who will provide support as well as detailed feedback on your written assignments. This course is designed to help you stick to deadlines, refine your writing technique and boost your writing confidence.

Come away with three full-length feature articles of publishable quality and the know-how to work as a journalist in the writing industry.

This Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Master Advanced Journalism Skills

A practical, immersive, real-life experience of journalism

This course has been designed to replicate the procedure that a freelance magazine journalist follows from start to finish: generating a saleable idea, pitching a story to a suitable magazine, writing an article to a deadline, and invoicing and being paid for the piece.

You will be encouraged to sell work of publishable quality, all within a supportive environment.

You can specialise in writing particular types of articles, including:

  • humour columns
  • topical features
  • celebrity profiles
  • inspirational human profiles
  • Q&A interviews
  • feel-good human interest stories
  • travel stories

'Positive, educational and very worthwhile. All of my tutors were honest and constructive in their approach and they really made the effort to ensure I got the most out of the course. The course provided the essential tools and guidance to enable me to further develop my skills and feel confident about exploring new avenues for my writing.'

Sophie Wong, Advanced Freelance Journalism Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST/VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 30 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 12 months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Students must have successfully completed the Freelance Journalism Course.
Candidate must have been published more than once, in mainstream magazines.

Our Graduate Students' Successes

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Tutors for this course

You may choose a tutor that you would like to work with.

Donna Dailey

Donna Dailey is a travel writer and photographer whose work is published in magazines, newspapers and travel websites worldwide. Her articles have appeared in Journeys, Essentially America, Endless Vacations, CNN Traveller and other consumer magazines; national newspapers such as The Times, Sunday Times and Daily Mail; and on travel websites for Rough Guides, RCI and more. She has won several travel writing awards from the British Guild of Travel Writers, including runner up Travel Writer of the Year, Best UK Feature and Best Overseas Feature, as well as a Visit USA Association media award for Excellence in Specialist Travel Magazine Journalism.

Donna has written or contributed to more than 40 guidebooks and inspirational travel books, covering destinations in Europe, Africa and America for such publishers as DK, Insight Guides, Berlitz, Fodor’s, Thomas Cook and AA Publishing. She co-publishes three travel websites:, and

Donna has a BA in Journalism and Radio-TV from the University of Northern Colorado. When not on the road, she divides her time between Cambridgeshire, England and southern Arizona, USA.

Ewan McDonald

Ewan McDonald is a multi-award-winning editor, journalist and critic. As features editor of the NZ Herald, editor of The Aucklander, and as a travel and food & wine writer, he and his teams have won more than 50 national and international awards.

Previous roles include Managing Editor of Custom Publications for New Zealand’s largest media company, NZME, with responsibilities from travel publications to Motoring, Lifestyle, Food and Wine, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Entertainment and Sustainable Lifestyle & Business publications.

He was Founding Editor of New Zealand’s most awarded community newspaper, The Aucklander. For 12 years he was the country’s most widely read restaurant reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and He has written about travel for more than 20 years, mostly for the NZ Herald, associated publications and the NZ Woman’s Weekly.

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Dianne Tipping-Woods

Dianne Tipping-Woods is an award-winning journalist. She has more than 10 years experience as a freelance writer working for a wide range of clients and publications. These include South African Tourism, the UK’s Department for International Development, Trademark Southern Africa, WWF-USA and WWF-SA, Facebook and the Southern African Wildlife College. She has also done work in print and online for Sawubona, Highlife, Wild Magazine, AA Traveller, Africa Geographic, Getaway, Women & Home, Wildlife Magazine, BBC, Saturday Star, Essentials Magazine, Mail & Guardian, Ventures Africa, Lowveld Living and more.

She has a BJourn (with distinction) from Rhodes University, where her interest in the intersection between story-telling and technology began. This has proven its worth time and again in a constantly evolving media landscape, ensuring she’s as comfortable blogging as she is writing for social media, websites, and print publications.

What Our Students Say

Jeanna ThomsonAdvanced Freelance Journalism Course
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The course was, at times, challenging – which was great as I had a lot to learn. I was able to get more real-life experience and that’s invaluable. Sarah was a thoroughly professional tutor. She went the extra mile to help and I felt lucky to have her as a tutor. She was very patient and her straight-up and consistent style of teaching was excellent. I was challenged and encouraged to be brave with my writing. The Writers College is both professional and friendly, and the courses I have done through them are relevant to magazine journalism today.
Shannon HuntAdvanced Freelance Journalism Course
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I was very impressed with the quality of course content and applications. Straight-up, realistic and professional. I knew what was expected of me and appreciated the help given. I looked forward to all the marks and comments and felt they were just what was needed to encourage me to go for it.
Heather CroweAdvanced Freelance Journalism Course
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A great way to learn how to put an article together without it being too overwhelming. My tutor was very helpful throughout the course and explained how to make improvements in a straightforward yet efficient manner. An excellent way to learn how to master the craft of writing, with an easy step-by-step process to allow for review and correction.
Romy de JagerAdvanced Freelance Journalism Course
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I enjoyed the course so much. Thank you to my wonderful tutors for guiding me and helping me find confidence in my writing. Now for getting published!
Natalie SellersAdvanced Freelance Journalism Course
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I'm delighted and so pleased to have finished [the course]. It was great working with you all.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Advanced Freelance Journalism Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

Questions? We've Got Answers

The course comprises three modules, consisting of five planning tasks and five writing assignments. Once you have completed an assignment and emailed it to the tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be emailed to you.

You will be given reading material on writing techniques at the start of each module and are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course, either by emailing your tutor or posting a query on the student board. In addition to ten formal feedback sessions, your tutor is also available for ongoing editorial assistance for the duration of the course.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • All assignments must be completed (2 query letters and 3 articles).
  • The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 60% for the course must be achieved.
  • You must have completed the Freelance Journalism Course.


  • You must have been published more than once in mainstream magazines.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Reading Time: 3 hours
  • Writing Time: 3 hours for 2 query letters; 30 hours for 3 articles 
  • Research Time: 12–36 hours for research and interviews, depending on the complexity of your articles


You can easily complete the course within six to 12 months. You will get an extra 21 days if your course runs over the New Year break.

You are welcome to finish the course sooner if you want, but we wouldn’t want you to rush the process too much!

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'I was very impressed with the quality of course content and applications. Straight-up, realistic and professional. I knew what was expected of me and appreciated the help given. I looked forward to all the marks and comments and felt they were just what was needed to encourage me to go for it.'

Shannon Hunt, Advanced Journalism Course

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