Freelance Writing: Introduction

Learn how to write magazine and newspaper articles that sell through this long-running and popular freelance writing course. Veteran Vancouver freelance writer Jennifer Van Evra (Globe and Mail, CBC, Condé Nast, Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Metropolis, Harvard Business Review, many more) shares time-tested, step-by-step instructions on developing ideas, researching effectively, conducting successful interviews, writing pitches that editors can't resist, structuring articles, dealing with editors, marketing and more.

Through a range of carefully tailored exercises, you’ll also build and strengthen your newfound skills — and get a visit from a high-level guest editor. This is a fun and non-intimidating class that’s great for beginners and more established writers alike.

For hundreds of students, it has also led to successful publication in major magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, New York Magazine, the South China Morning Post, Vancouver Magazine, Fine Gardening, the Vancouver Sun, enRoute, Toronto Star and many more.

How Am I Assessed?
This course is marked complete/incomplete, and is based on your attendance and participation. Your instructor provides you personalized feedback on the assignments you hand in.

Expected Effort
Expect to spend 2-3 hours per week completing coursework, participating in the online forum, and attending the optional group video chat. 

Technology Requirements
To take this course, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old and using Windows or macOS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection.

For virtual office hours, you’ll also need:

  • a video camera and microphone.

One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

There are no textbooks for this course.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with weekly instructor office hours. Course work is done independently and at your own pace within deadlines set by your instructor. Log in anytime to your course to access the lessons as they become available.

Weekly Office Hours
Wednesdays, 6–6:45pm Pacific Time
This course offers optional weekly drop-in virtual office hours. Join your instructor and classmates by video conferencing to discuss course materials and assignments, receive feedback and ask questions. 

Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course. 

Available Sessions

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Jan 31, 2023-Mar 27, 2023 | Online | $610.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG401W23O
Jan 31, 2023-Mar 27, 2023
Optional Wednesday Drop-in, 6:00pm-6:45pm
8 sessions

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$610.00 $30.50 $640.50

May 2, 2023-Jun 26, 2023 | Online | $630.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: WG401S23O
May 2, 2023-Jun 26, 2023
Optional Wednesday Drop-in, 6:00pm-6:45pm
8 sessions

1nstructor: Jennifer Van Evra

Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$630.00 $31.50 $661.50