Article Writing Course

See your name in print and earn some money by writing articles on subjects that interest you. This 12 module online Article Writing Course teaches you the secrets of getting your articles accepted by editors and have them clamouring for more. It’s the perfect guide to kick-start your writing career. Enrol today!

John LiddleThe course has been a wonderful experience and I have learned a great deal through doing it. I shall be enrolling for the Short Story Writing course and am really looking forward to that..."
John Liddell, South Africa

Course Synopsis


We start by showing you how to approach this course so you can gain the most from it. We then advise you on the basic equipment you’ll require and useful software for writers.

Making a Writer Out Of You

In this module you learn about setting yourself up as a writer, including where and when to write, how to think and observe like a writer and how to find ideas. Then we move on to how to organise yourself, keep accurate records and take a look at the personal qualities you need to find success as a writer.

Readers' Letters and Fillers

Here we cover how to analyse a publication’s letters page and the types of letters they are looking for. We also cover fillers – how to identify markets for them and what works as a filler.

Generating Ideas for Articles

Next, we’ll look at how to generate ideas, then turn them into multiple opportunities by twisting them to fit the readership. Next, we’ll move on to research – both on and offline.

Market Analysis

This module shows you how to look for freelance opportunities, how to analyse what you find, including the readership, the content, style and length of articles and who the advertisers are targeting. Then we’ll look at analysing the competition and well show you how to compile a market checklist.

How to Present Your Work

Next we show you how to present your work. We cover paragraphing styles and layout including margins, fonts and spacing. Then we show you what information you need to include on your cover sheet, and whether to use a pseudonym. Submitting work by email is explained and we take a look at using photos to increase your chances of success.

How to Structure Your Article

Here you look at the differences between articles and features, how to make your writing topical and writing to production schedules. There’s also advice on titles and the importance of planning the opening, middle and end of your articles.

Understanding Different Magazine Markets

Now we move onto the different article types you can try, including true-life stories, health articles, general well-being articles, celebrity profiles, sports writing, trade press and in-house magazines, religious publications, children’s markets and, finally, humorous articles.

Essential Legal and Business Aspects

This module covers the important legal things you’ll need to know, including copyright, plagiarism, quotes, trademarks and libel. Next we’ll show you the business etiquette you need to keep in mind when dealing with publishers. This module finishes off with how to pitch your ideas to an editor, invoicing and chasing money.

Travel Writing

Here you learn how to produce travel writing, including capturing the experience, pre-trip preparation, photographs and structuring your article. Next you look at where to find markets for your work and the organisations you can join.

Writing Reviews

You learn all about how to write reviews, including your responsibilities as a reviewer, what you can review, such as live performances, CDs, films, computer games, restaurants and cars, how to write for Internet review sites and the golden rules you should follow.

Writing for the Internet

In this final module we look at how to optimise your writing for the search engines, finding work on the Internet, writing for e-zines, blogging and how to use social media to your advantage as a writer.

Tutor-marked Assignment

Your assignment will give you the chance to practise everything you have learnt in the course. Your tutor will give you invaluable feedback that will help you to produce professional work that you can send of to editors with confidence.

As you can see, you'll learn everything you need to know to give you the very best chance of having your articles published and becoming a successful paid writer. Enrol today.

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The Online Learning Circle Certificate of Completion will be available for you to download and print out once you’ve successfully passed the five multiple choice self-tests. You’ll need to achieve a mark of 70% or above to pass the exam. However, if you don’t manage it the first time, it’s no problem, just go back, study some more and retake the exam when you are ready. In fact, we are so keen for you to complete the course successfully, you can take the exams as many times as you need to reach the 70% pass mark. Once you’ve achieved the required pass mark, you’ll be given access to correct answers for all the questions so you can see where you went wrong.

Learn How to Publish Your Writing

We know that learning how to publish you work is all part of becoming a writer, even if it's not high on your list of priorities when you start out. So, no matter which of our writing courses you choose, we make sure you have all the information you need for when you're ready to take the publishing plunge.

You’ll learn how to:

  • do your market research
  • present your manuscript
  • approach editors and publishers like a professional
  • protect your copyright
  • decide if you want to self-publish or get paid

Whether you are writing articles, your novel, short stories, your memoirs or your family history you can be confident you'll have professional guidance at your fingertips to give you the best chance of seeing your work published.

By taking this course you’ll gain all the tools to make your project a success. And, it only takes a few minutes to get started.