Becoming A Successful Writer

Are you new to writing and wondering how to go about breaking into print? If so, this course can almost certainly help. It will help you find the field for which your own writing talents are best suited, and will show you how to produce the kind of material that editors and publishers in that field demand.

What You'll Learn: Course Modules and Content

  1. Practical article writingBecoming a Successful Writer course book cover
  2. Practical novel writing
  3. Short story writing
  4. Exploring your markets
  5. Writing style
  6. Your writing and the law

Working with your personal tutor, you will be encouraged to try your hand at a whole range of writing skills: writing novels, short stories, magazine articles, children's material, even writing such things as newspaper columns and fillers. At each stage your course will focus on two aspects: the creative aspect, as you develop your writing style and technique, and the business aspect as you learn how to market your material. These are the two areas you will need to master if you are going to succeed in breaking into print.

You will also be guided around the legal aspects of the writing business: copywriting, libel, agreements, rights, publishing contracts even what to do if you have difficulty getting paid for work you have had published. All these things are important for freelance writers, and they can be expensive lessons to learn the hard way.


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Buy your course online today! Your course co-ordinator will email your personalised course materials as a PDF file to store safely on your computer. By emailing your course assignments your professional writing tutor will be able to critique and return your feedback to you faster than using the postal service.

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Becoming A Successful Writer (Non Subscriber Price) £220.00
Becoming A Successful Writer (Subscriber Price) £198.00
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What Our Students Say

I recently completed the Writing Magazine Becoming a Successful Writer course and was delighted to receive my certificate of completion. I found the course both enjoyable and challenging - a lot of hard work, but ultimately very rewarding. My tutor, Sue Johnson, was great and I found her comments, encouragement and positive criticism extremely helpful. The assignments gave me the chance to try different types of writing and I had to develop a more disciplined approach to my writing to ensure I was able to finish the course within the two years. Most of all, I have gained confidence. I still have a long way to go but I have learned a lot and now feel confident enough to start sending out some of my work and to enter competitions.

Ann Dixon - 10/02/2016

If there is only one course a would-be writer does, it should be this one!

L Bennett - 10/02/2016

I like the encouragement that is given. It is good to hear the voice of experience on your work.

P Acland - 10/02/2016

Thank you for the efficient and friendly coordinating of my assignments and feedback. I have really enjoyed the course; I feel that I have learned a lot and it has made me more focused in getting on with my writing. Susan's feedback (which was always amazingly quick) was very supportive and helpful; she gently led me to a point where I can cope more easily with letting people read what I have written and can talk about my stories and characters without feeling silly.

The article I wrote for my first assignment, which Susan encouraged me to submit to Babel, the magazine I had researched, was published in their November issue which was very exciting and wouldn't have happened without this course.

Rhonwen Shaw, Lancashire - 03/03/2016

Excellent customer service and attentive tutors ready to help you every step on the way to become a better and more confident writer.

It was a delightful experience to study with you.

Audry Candida da Silva Wickham, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 04/04/2017