3 Saturdays – 6, 13 and 20 October 10am to 4.30pm
$620 UTS students and alumni (full fee $920)

In troubled times for newspapers, talented freelance writers are hot property. As advertising revenues plummet and job losses increase, do you have what it takes to produce a steady stream of stories that editors absolutely have to buy?

In this course you will learn how to spot stories across a range of genres – from sport to travel to fashion – and how to target the best outlet for your story. Discover the secrets of pitching ideas and securing the commission.

You will learn tools of the trade, how to deal with editors, illustrating your story, working across print, online and multi-media platforms; and how to file clean copy, written in house-style, to deadline every time. Copyright and how to re-package and on-sell stories in Australia and overseas is also covered.

You’ll also receive practical guidance on how to break into freelance writing.

Erin O’Dwyer is an award-winning freelance journalist. She has worked as a journalist for 15 years, and in that time worked on staff at The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and The Sun-Herald in Sydney. She is a contributing feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and has written for magazines as diverse as Australian Geographic and Vogue. In 2009 she produced two documentaries for ABC Radio National. Her feature writing on social justice issues has twice been recognised in the prestigious Australian United Nations Media Peace Awards – she was an award winner in 2006 and a finalist in 2010. Erin lectures in journalism at Sydney University and UTS. She has degrees in arts and law.

Full details: http://datasearch2.uts.edu.au/acij/shortcourses/detail.cfm?ItemId=28630

(Payment plans available on request) – please call 9514 2488 or email acij@uts.edu.au