It's time for another round of online classes! Here's what I'm teaching this summer:
June 25–July 16, 2019
How do you get started as a freelance writer? Is it possible to turn freelancing into a full-time job? Nicole Dieker has been a full-time freelancer for nearly a decade, and she’ll teach you everything she knows about how freelancers make money; how to pitch (even when you don’t have clips); how to build a freelancer schedule that combines writing, pitching, networking, and administrative work; and how to grow your earnings over time.
August 8–August 15, 2019
If you want to build your freelance career, you need to know how to interview. How do you find and interview a source when your editor wants your draft by Friday? What questions should you avoid? What do you do when your source wants to approve the interview before it’s published? This course will cover the mechanics of interviewing, including how to locate sources, how to prep the interview, and how to help your source feel comfortable during the process.
These are self-directed courses, in the sense that you can complete the work at your own pace—however, you'll also be part of a group of students all taking the class at the same time, so you'll get the benefit of being able to discuss ideas, share thoughts, and build your writing network.
Plus, you'll have me around to provide guidance and feedback.
On the subject of feedback, here's what a previous student had to say about my "How to Get Started as a Freelancer" course:
I took Nicole’s freelancing class. By the end of the class, I had submitted my first pitch, had it accepted and the article published. She guided us through the process of building a freelance career, with concrete steps to get started, ongoing resources for growth and answers to wide-ranging questions. She taught one of the most informative classes I’ve taken and she did it while providing individualized information for each member of the class.
Beth Swanson, freelance writer and journalist
Hugo House member registration begins on June 3, and general registration begins on June 11. If you register before June 17, you'll get $20 off.
Hope to see you in class! ❤️