Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

Penn Foster Career School's Freelance Writer Career Diploma Program is designed to prepare students for careers in freelance writing. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Freelance Writer Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Freelance Writer Career Diploma Program is intended for students who are interested in becoming authors or freelance writers. The program introduces students to the business of writing and teaches them techniques for getting in the writing habit. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to locate reference sources, find potential markets, query publishers, format and submit manuscripts, and specialize within specific areas of freelance writing. Penn Foster Career School provides enrolled students with everything they need to complete their training, including books, lessons, equipment, learning aids, and unlimited instructional support.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

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Required Courses for a Freelance Writer Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • The Freelance Life
  • Instruction Set 2
    • The Writing Habit, Part I
    • The Writing Habit, Part 2
  • Instruction Set 3
    • The Business of Writing
    • Reference Sources for Writers
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Reading for Writers
  • Instruction Set 5
    • Using the Writer's Market
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Becoming a Professional
    • Becoming a Specialist

After completing Instruction Set 6, students will be able to choose an area to specialize in and complete a graded assignment. Assignment options include a short article or story, a proposal, outline, or synopsis for a piece that can be sent out for publication. Specialization options include literary fiction, genre fiction, or nonfiction.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing the Freelance Writer Career Diploma Program, students may be interested in continuing their education in a degree program. Earning a bachelor's degree may allow students to gain specialized knowledge in a specific area or seek out more advanced positions within the writing field.

Bachelor's degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Career Paths:

The Freelance Writer Career Diploma Program is designed to prepare students for careers in freelance writing. Freelance writers can find jobs with newspapers, magazines, book publishers, Internet publishers, and other media outlets.