How to become a successful freelance journalist, Emma Wilkinson and Lily Canter

If you’re ready to take the leap into the freelance world or want to find out more about what it would take to make freelancing work, then Lily and Emma have got you covered.

Why we love this course

One half of Discoco (Isabel) used to be a successful freelance journalist, so she knows that it’s not all ‘writing in the first person for oodles of cash on your Macbook in a white-wash walled cafe in East London while sipping your oat flat white’ (she doesn’t even like coffee). The freelance world can be amazing but it can also be bloody hard work. You might have great ideas, a great portfolio, a contact list full of influential people but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll step from employment to a freelance gig with total ease. Lily and Emma also know this. With their book, podcast and now this great course, they want to lift the lid on the freelance world and give you the opportunity to take a good hard look at what’s inside so you can decide if freelance life is right for you. Or, if you’ve already started, how you can make it work better for you.

This 4 week, self-paced course will leave you with the know-how and confidence to:

  • Generate and develop a wealth of story ideas
  • Create the perfect pitch and target it to different editors
  • Use a variety of tools to promote your work
  • Know how to negotiate fair rates of pay 

Underpinning these skills is the need to create / build on your brand. Not the type that is administered with a hot piece of metal, but the reputational type that gives the editors you want to work with an idea of your identity as a writer, what they can expect from you and, eventually, the kind that puts you in the front of their minds when they have a particular story that needs telling.

So, you can skip the trendy cafe and head straight to the co-working space. This is going to work out.

You should book this course if

You are interested in working as a freelance journalist, whether you are making the move from a staff job or are a graduate taking your first steps into freelancing.

What's the format?

  • 4 modules over 4 weeks
  • Mixture of audio and written content
  • Feedback from Lily and Emma via an exclusive Slack group

The best bits

  • Insider tips from experienced freelance journalists
  • Learn in your own time
  • Feedback from Lily and Emma

This course is available from the 14th June.

Want something a bit more 'bite-sized'?

Try one of Lily and Emma’s lunchtime webinars, for just £10 a session.

They cover:

  • How to launch a successful podcast
  • The business of freelancing
  • How to find freelance work
  • Developing ideas and pitching

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