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Career Diploma - Freelance Writer

Penn Foster Career School's online Career Diploma - Freelance Writer program offers students the opportunity to improve their writing skills, learn more about the freelance and publishing industries, and gain skills to maintain business records for their writing contracts. Read more about the Career Diploma - Freelance Writer here.

Official Program Name:

Career Diploma - Freelance Writer

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster's Career Diploma - Freelance Writer program is designed to help students prepare to market their writing by gaining a deeper understanding of the writing industry and how to publish work while fine-tuning their own writing style and skill. Students in this program have the opportunity to learn about the stages of freelance writing and publishing, how to select a market for their writing, and how to use research effectively and with accurate citations. Students may improve the professional quality of their writing through critiques and revisions while also gaining knowledge about copyrights, trademarks, and how to maintain careful business records. Penn Foster supplies students with study materials, tools to track progress toward goals, and career services. Due to the nature of an online program, this program does require high-speed internet, a relatively recent operating system, and an email account.

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Financial Aid Available:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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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.

Freelance Writing Core Courses

  • Starting Your Program
  • The Freelance Life
  • The Writing Habit, Part 1
  • The Writing Habit, Part 2
  • The Business of Writing
  • Reference Sources for Writers
  • Reading for Writers
  • Using the Writers Market
  • Becoming a Professional
  • Becoming a Specialist

Specialization Elective Courses

  • Students should choose one of the following courses:
    • Literary Fiction
    • Genre Fiction
    • Nonfiction

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After graduating Penn Foster Career School's Freelance Writer Career Diploma program may desire pursuit of a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree may provide students with more opportunity in the job market or access to higher-level positions.

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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Career Paths:

The Freelance Writer Career Diploma program at Penn Foster Career School is designed to instruct students in writing skills and publishing practices in order to increase marketability. Through this program, students can improve writing style, gain a greater understanding of the publishing and freelance industries, and learn how to use research in their writing or to understand which markets to pursue.

Entry level positions graduates could pursue are:

  • Freelance writer
  • Content writer
  • Copywriter

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